Q and A with Hornet of the Week Patrice Gibson
The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The fifth student-athlete selected this year is equestrian senior Patrice Gibson.
Gibson started the season off strong at the Randolph/Lynchburg IHSA this past weekend. In the first home show of the fall, the senior from Henrico, Virginia collected first place in the advanced walk trot canter. It was one of two divisions won by the Hornets on the day.
You rode Atlanta to 1st place this weekend in the advanced walk trot canter. How nice was it to have such a good performance at home as a senior?
It was so exciting to be able to have such a good performance at home during the first show of my senior season. I was very familiar with the horse I drew to ride and was pumped to go in the ring and win the blue on our home turf. I went out there with the goal to win and that's exactly what I did. I couldn't have done it without my awesome coach, my team, my supportive family and friends, or the fantastic Atlanta!
What is your favorite thing about Lynchburg equestrian?
My favorite thing about the Lynchburg equestrian team is getting to share my passion for riding with my equally passionate teammates. We are able to utilize Randolph College's beautiful riding facility and bond together as a team while we get to further our riding and horsemanship skills out at the barn. Riding is always the highlight of my week and my college experience wouldn't be the same without LCET!
What do you like most about Lynchburg College?
It is so difficult to pick just one thing I like the most about Lynchburg College because I always have so many great things to say about this school! One of my favorite things about LC is how being on campus feels like being at home. LC is one big family, everybody knows everybody! I absolutely love walking around campus and having my professors (even some I haven't had since freshman year!) say hi to me by name and remember who I am. It is so great always seeing someone I know while walking to class; it's a good feeling to be a familiar face. I feel like no one is a stranger at LC, there is always someone there who knows you and makes you feel at home.
How has being a student-athlete shaped you as a person over these past four years?
Being a student-athlete has shaped me by showing me what it means to be a part of a team. It has taught me discipline and dedication in not only my riding, but in everything I do, including my school work. There is nothing that quite compares to being a student-athlete; it is such an honor to be able to represent LC and to further the Hornet legacy on and off the field.