Carly Bowerman ’15 starred for Santa Clara’s equestrian club sport.
In the realm of competitive equestrian, the disciplines are extensive, the stakes high, and the process of winning is anything but simple. But Carly Bowerman ’15 wins. Riding for Santa Clara in spring 2015 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Bowerman ranked sixth nationally in the Novice Fences division of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association. The psychology major competed as a member of Santa Clara’s Equestrian Team, one of 400 such college-affiliated clubs around the country. Bowerman started out riding for fun; she made the leap to equestrian competition in high school. SCU’s equestrian team was a particular draw for her, with its relatively intimate size (14 people this year). She felt she wouldn’t get lost in the roster. The Santa Clara team trains at Ligara Farms in Morgan Hill on the property of the team’s assistant coach, Susan Crenshaw, a hunter/jumper trainer in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. Along with riding, Bowerman now works as a behavioral intervention specialist with Easter Seals Bay Area.