Meet Our Blogging Interns: Leah Bonanno

July 23, 2019


Ever since I could walk and talk, I had always had a love for horses. The older I grew my determination to learn more about these special creatures also grew two-fold, each year. My favorite book was Little Black, and my earliest memories when I was very young always included feeding and watching the horses and farm animals down the road from my house, with my mother. My mother, who had owned a horse when she was younger, was the driving force and biggest support for me to continue riding and learning, even when I didn’t believe in myself, and for that, I wouldn’t be living my dream in the Horse Capital of The World, pursuing further education.


While it changes on the daily what I would like to do when I finish college, I am getting my Bachelors of Science in Equine Studies, with a specialization in Rehabilitation, as well as a bachelors in Marketing Communications. My dream job would either be a self-made journalist and/or a bloodstock agent in the thoroughbred industry. However, my first true love of breed will always be Arabians! When I first started taking official riding lessons, I started on all Half-arabians, in which I soon moved onto learning how to ride and train my green Quarter Horse and Paint. I started showing and learning both the way stock and hunter-type riders equitate. Soon after, I moved on from local (open and 4H) shows, exceling with my Paint, onto NYS Pinto Youth Shows, leading me into receiving a scholarship to ride on Midway University’s IHSA team. I had started my love of horses in New York, on the back of a little half-arabian, and my last day living in New York on the back of a purebred grey Arabian I had learned to break, at a rescue farm I had been a working student at. It signified an end of a chapter in my life, and without the Arabian horse’s intelligent and spirited nature, I would not be where I am today.


I moved to central Kentucky in August of 2018, and it was the best decision I could have made. I am heading into my Sophomore year of pursuing my bachelor’s degree. I now live on a 30 acre horse farm, in which I brought my Paint and cat down with me soon after I got settled in to college life. Since I started school, I have had so many amazing experiences, from working at a hunter jumper and polo facility, to working the Keeneland Sales for Taylor Made, to volunteering at Land Rover. Aside from horses, my other passions are travelling and writing, while being able to immerse myself into different cultures and take a look into their history.

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