Post by Regina Hearst on Apr 7, 2018 6:01:16 GMT
R.R. HEARST EQUESTRIAN, LLC.
26 y/o Rider & Handler
Riding for O'Neill Equestrian
The Hearst family first came into prominence in the late 1800s when the family patriarch, George Hearst, struck it rich in California during the Gold Rush.
His son, William Randolph Hearst, became most famous as the newspaper publisher known for building the nation's largest newspaper chain and media company, Hearst Communications. He unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1904, and his life became the inspiration for the lead character in Orson Welles' film, Citizen Kane.
Roger Randolph Hearst never fought his brothers for a slice of his great-grandfather's legacy. Instead, he has devoted his life's work to philanthropy. As a descendant of one of America's most notable persons, there was nothing in his life he ever needed for... except the desire to ride. At a young age he showed great talent for being in the saddle, but was never able to advance beyond casual riding as a childhood illness left him nearly lame. To this day, he walks with a cane simply because he has too much pride to use a wheelchair.
Of all his children, none of them showed much interest in the life equestrian until Regina, his fifth and final child was born. At a young age when she expressed interest in horses he was elated and offered her everything any young girl with a passion for riding could want. Unfortunately, talent was one thing money couldn't buy.
Throughout adolescence and now into adulthood, though her passion remains ignited, her skillset is lackluster. Riding just didn't come naturally to her no matter how much she practiced. Trainer after trainer, Regina failed to impress until early in 2013 when she secured her very first 1st place showing. Sadly, it was the only one in a string of competitions that followed.
Occasionally, she'd achieve placement in the top 5 of her class. Even more rare top 3. People would whisper behind her back about how her horse "carried her" through the course and that she was "wasting an amazing horse" with her inability to ride. The gossip never got to her in public, but in private she'd cry and threaten to quit until her father encouraged her to keep trying.
After being dumped by yet another coach, Regina returned to New England from California for a break when her friend, Miriam Rosenthal, suggested giving her mom, the famous trainer, Ana Rosenthal, a call. She did and was instead referred Ryan O'Neil. Regina promised her father she would try one more time. Start fresh, and from scratch, learning the ABCs of riding from a master -- and if he couldn't turn her around, she'd give up for good.