Last week, R. Chandley ’21 traveled to Tianjin, China, where she took second place in the CSIO J competition at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. She was there representing her home country of Jamaica as a member of the Jamaican National Junior Team.
“Having my parents there meant the world to me because they have supported be throughout my 13 years of riding. This was a huge success for us and I’m glad they were there to celebrate with me,” she said.
Chandley enjoyed that the competition allowed her to meet “so many people from different countries and become friends with them through something we all love,” she said. “It was cool because I was up against some of the top riders from various countries and performed to the best of my ability and made it to the podium.”
At Dana Hall, Chandley is trained by Candice King, instructor at the Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center, but was represented by her Jamaican coach Julian Hyde at the competition. “A lot of the daily attention the [Dana Hall] trainers paid to my form, technical work and mental strength really helped me succeed [overseas],” she said. “Their confidence in me and my abilities allowed me to have confidence in myself. They were also there for me every step of the way giving me support and advice while I was in China, no matter the time [of day or night].”
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."