Madison Eichstadt and her horse, Lucky, have been riding together for about five years.
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“He loves all of his treats,” said Eichstadt. “(He loves) his peanut M & M’s. Once he gets inside the ring, it’s all business.”
Eichstadt’s approach in the ring is the same, too, and it didn’t take long for this duo to work their way to the top. Just two years ago, Eichstadt was the 18 & under quarter horse World Champion. Last year, she finished as runner-up. She has also finished in the top five nationally for points scored in each of the last three years. This year, she and Lucky are first in the overall points standings.
“We kind of learned together. He didn’t know how to jump when we got him so he had to learn to deal with us learning how to jump, too. By now, we know each other so well.”
Eichstadt is also a champion gymnast. This year she won the state title on the floor exercise. Despite all the success, she’s managed to keep a mature perspective.
“Always keep a modest mind. One day you could go out and nail everything. The next day you could be the worst one there. Every day is different. Work your hardest each day.”
Eichstadt is just 16 years old; however, she will graduate from Reynolds this year with a 4.0 grade point average, clearly demonstrating the same work ethic with the books as she does in athletics. She is in line to be class valedictorian and plans to attend the University of Findlay. She hopes one day to be a neurosurgeon.
“Discipline is discipline. You teach yourself to focus on one thing then you can focus on anything. When I focus on my school work, I know I will also have time to focus on my riding and my gymnastics.”
Eichstadt is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and was captain of the dance line. Reynolds senior Madison Eichstadt, our Student Athlete of the Week.