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Carlsbad Champion Equestrian Has Eyes Set on 2020 Olympics

Sixteen-year-old Scout Thompson not only wins blue ribbons with her horse Viz, she also taught herself piano through audio training.

Local Carlsbad resident, Scout Thompson has been riding horses for 11 years and most recently participated and won two blue ribbons for first place and Grand Champion ribbon in her age group for the Hunter/Jumper event at the Del Sol Classic last month.

This event qualified her for the next level of championships in November. She must be physically tough to handle the rigorous training and her strong determination to excel at the sport, with 3-4 training sessions a week, has led her to win a number of ribbons in various categories in the equestrian sport.

Scout hopes to compete in the 2020 Olympics. When asked why not compete in the 2016 Olympics, she says “I want to become a veterinary technician before fulfilling my dream.”

Scout attends Halstrom High School where she is able to dedicate more time to riding her horse Viz in competitions across the United States due to the school's flexible scheduling options.

Scout is a multi-talented young lady. She is a self-taught piano player and learns classical musical pieces by audio training. In addition, Scout has a passion for swimming and water polo. She played on the Santa Fe Christian water polo team as goalkeeper and played club water polo with Del Mar Water Polo. Unfortunately, Scout was not able to juggle both water polo and horseback riding so she made the choice to pursue her passion of English Equestrian full-time.

Scout is very active in volunteering through her school and church. She delivers clothes to kids in Mexico, distributes sandwiches to the homeless, acts as a camp leader for kids of single parents at Forest Home, and is the Mission Leader for projects through North Coast Calvary Chapel, just to name a few.  She hopes to visit India next summer to volunteer her time.

Scout believes she is well grounded by those close to her including, her brother Cody and sister-in-law Erica, her mother Karin and late father, Steve Thompson who passed away from blood cancer two years ago.

–Halstrom High School Press Release

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