September 30, 2012

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Erika Hooker

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Name: Erika Hooker

Sport: Equestrian

Division: Novice

Career highlight: “When we won our first regional championship my sophomore year. … [B]efore that point we hadn’t won a regional championship before … we worked really hard for that that year and that really proved how much time and how much dedication that we had put into [it] and that was really exciting.”

Major: International Agriculture and Rural Development and Communications

Year: Senior  Favorite team horse: “Oskar. He is the bounciest and he is the most uncomfortable but he is also the most adjustable and he is really fun to jump.”

Favorite thing about Cornell: “I actually love the weather at Cornell … I love fall and I don’t really like being hot … and I like rain.”

Fun Fact: “I worked as a waitress in an ice cream shop for six years and I can make literally the most perfect soft serve cone you’ve ever seen in your life, and I can make two at one time. So that’s a talent.”

“Erika’s commitment to the team and her work ethic have been noteworthy since her first day as a rookie. She has one of the busiest schedules I’ve ever seen, but she takes it all in stride, and has been a great role model for younger girls on the team as a result.” -Emily Kowalchik, senior tri-captain

Original Author: Ariel Cooper

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