This past weekend the Equestrian team competed in the Downeast Finals in Skowhegan, Maine—an elite event with more than 150 riders from all over New England. Fanton, who started her competitive riding career last year, was able to qualify for the event last week in the team's opener. Over the course of the weekend, Fanton proved to all that she belonged in this premiere showcase despite being new to the sport. On Saturday, she took a second place in the warmup round with a total of 15 riders, which was a major accomplishment and gave her confidence that she, in fact, could compete at this level. And on the last day of the competition, Fanton took third place out of 27 other riders in her division!
"Lilly had a great weekend," noted coach Dee Dee Wilbur. "To have only been riding for six months, she has accomplished more in this sport than many who have been doing this for years. It is a testament to her perseverance, dedication, strength, and humble approach that allowed her to excel I am just lucky to be part of her new passion!"