Polo Players Edition

Intercollegeiate Interscholastic 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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49 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 F rom a dressage court, to a polo field, to a hippotherapy arena, I have always been involved with horses. I'm a senior at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX and have been riding and competing for over 15 years. What started out as an interest in horses eventually grew into a passion that would shape my life and help me choose my career path. Being from Southern California and leaving my horse for the first time when I went to college, I knew that somehow and someway I would find a way to ride again in Texas. This is how I discovered the TCU Intercollegiate Polo Team. I had never played polo before, but knew that learning a new sport was the best way to get saddle time in. I embraced the polo community, the history, and leadership of the TCU Team. I have served as the TCU Polo President, Vice President, Risk Management Officer, and Women's Team Captain. Early on in my competitive career I realized the benefit and joy that horses can bring to my own life and others. In high school I volunteered at a hippotherapy program and discovered how my two passions of horses and helping others could be integrated. I wanted to investigate the benefits of hippotherapy. This desire inspired me start a research project in Texas evaluating the effects on balance that hippotherapy has on individuals with developmental disabilities. It was heartening to not only observe the social and emotional improvements of these children, but also the quantitative improvements in their balance. I'm extremely excited and passionate about using my degrees to do the same in the future. This past summer, I founded Mini Hooves with Big Hearts, Inc., which is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides Animal-Assisted Therapy benefitting individuals with developmental disabilities, PTSD, or age- related illnesses. Although Mini Hooves with Big Hearts specializes in using miniature horses, we also have therapy certified dogs and chickens that can help provide different sensory and therapeutic stimulations. As of right now, Mini Hooves with Big Hearts can be scheduled for private appointments and meetings with the animals, as well as organizing an Animal Assisted Therapy petting zoo that can travel to your desired location. If you would like to learn more about Mini Hooves with Big Hearts, follow their Instagram or Facebook page. I've taken my passion of horses and turned it into an eagerness to become an Occupational Therapist. I am currently applying to occupational therapy graduate programs across the U.S. I hope to use Mini Hooves with Big Hearts as my platform to have an impactful influence on individuals. MINI HOOVES WITH BIG HEARTS TCU Player Paige Browning Founds erapy Program

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