March 6, 2013
By: Selby Merritt
Three-time All-American, winner of 30 MVP awards and over 90 points for Georgia and a beloved teammate, Carly Anthony from Redmond, Wash., will be incredibly missed come graduation in May. Since arriving at the University of Georgia her freshman year, Anthony has become one of the most successful equestrians in the Southeastern Conference, and it doesn’t stop with her college career. Anthony hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream of being an Olympian in the 2016 games.
At age 14, Anthony decided that her basketball days were over and it was time to start focusing on her journey to the Olympics. She says, “I decided that if I was going to go all in with it, why not go all the way?” Anyone who is close to Anthony knows that this is very much how she runs her life. She has always put 100 percent of herself into the team, never looking back.
Anthony knows that her greatest challenges have yet to come, but she says through it all, she will have to stay patient and have faith that she is on the right track. She says that she could not be where she is today without the support of her loving parents, Jeff and Cara Anthony. While her mother was her primary trainer growing up, previous Olympian, Eric Lamaze, has also been a great mentor for Anthony and she says, “He has given me such a tremendous amount of confidence in my riding and has given me so many opportunities that would not be possible without his support.”
Looking back on her experience here at UGA, Anthony says the one word that sums it all up is “Perfect”. While she says it took her a while to adjust to the new lifestyle of having to do her own dishes and the dramatically different culture of Athens, this experience has taught her invaluable lessons. “I learned that with a lot of these traditions, like football, came a great sense of pride, and it is not something you experience on the west coast,” says Anthony, “That sense of pride is definitely something I will be taking with me.”
Despite all of Anthony’s success inside the arena, she still considers her graduation from the University of Georgia in May to be one of her life’s greatest accomplishments. While she will always miss her favorite Georgia past-time of Saturday game days in Athens, Anthony knows that when May rolls around, she will be ready to take the next step into her future. “My first step is to turn pro,” says Anthony, “Then I will go work for a top professional that can show me every single aspect of the show jumping business.” She knows she has a long road ahead of her to get to the Olympics, but by taking it one step at a time, no one doubts that she will make it there.