My name is Rylee Gailey and I am a 22-year-old 3-day eventer. I have been riding my entire life, competing for the first time at age 5. Since then, I have had big dreams of becoming a professional rider, making it to the Olympics, and crossing the finish flags on the largest courses in the world. I also have big dreams of being a large animal veterinarian, where I can take my love for these animals to a new level.
Well, here I am. I have jumped the big jumps. I graduated with honors from my dream school. I am in the process of applying for vet school. I have become what 5-year-old me wouldn't stop thinking about, and what the teenage me worked so hard every day to become. Yet I still felt like there was more I needed to accomplish at my age. I wasn't doing enough. I was really struggling mentally, feeling like this life is just a constant cycle of chasing the next thing. But then I came to the humbling realization that these worldly and personal accomplishments, no matter how big or how hard I have worked, will simply never fulfill me. If I died tomorrow, what will all of that mean?
I wanted to do more, but not for me this time. I kept feeling called to be more involved in the church, but my schedule and location made that difficult. I knew I wanted to make a difference, and it hit me one day that my industry was in dire need of The Gospel. That is where the community and idea of Equestrians for Christ came from. My goal is to connect equestrian Christians and spread the word to people who may have not heard of Him or needs a little reminder to keep on following Him. So if I did die tomorrow, then maybe I somehow impacted just one life.