By Hadassa Delhomme
Lynn sophomore Nicole Liebowitz has taken her love for an equestrian lifestyle and her passion to be a business owner to new heights as she opened up her very own pony summer camp this past summer in Wellington, Fla.
Liebowitz has always had a love for riding horses from a young age. “I can’t remember a time I wasn’t riding horses,” said Liebowitz. “I remember getting my first pony at the age of four, which I still own to this day.”
Liebowitz was introduced to horse-riding from her mother who ran her own horse-riding camps that were geared towards foster children, alcoholics and hearing-impaired children and adults.
At the age of 17, Liebowitz moved into her barn in Wellington which she later branded as Jumping Springs (LLC). Alongside her staff and a head trainer Dylan Daley, she runs and manages her barn which consists of seven horses and one pony. Of the horses, Liebowitz owns four of them and rents out her stalls to customers charging $1,800 per month including care, stable and feed.
“Most say I’m very young to do my job or to even show clients that come to me,” said Liebowitz. “I make sure to assure them that I pride myself on my business and my honest morals which there is a lack of in the equestrian community.”
Liebowitz opened the doors of her barn this summer to about 20 students both experienced and inexperienced. “I have grown up doing camp with my mom and love children but have seen a huge problem in the riding industry. No one teaches confidence or how to teach children to fix a problem,” said Liebowitz. “I am determined for my camp to be a camp that really teaches kids about the industry, not just how to ride a pony with no responsibilities.”
Alongside her head trainer Daley, a native Irishman who has competed for a number of years and has trained with Olympic riders, Liebowitz plans to offer up a professional learning experience for all parties involved.
Through the high points and low points of her life, Liebowitz has always turned to horses as her best form of therapy and hopes to inspire these children with this hobby, turned career.