Twin brothers Evan and Ryan have taken different paths through Thacher’s afternoon options. After playing sports and riding his freshman year, Ryan chose to focus on sports, and has excelled at soccer and at cross country, both of which he captained his senior year. For Evan, on the other hand, one year of riding was not enough. He has ridden every season since he’s been at Thacher—even fitting in a couple of seasons of soccer along the way. Like his brother, Evan had planned on devoting himself to sports at Thacher, but for him, the new challenge of riding captured his competitive spirit. “I now realize that riding is a once in a lifetime experience and I would like to do as much of it as I can before I am off to college,” he says.
Evan has taken his new sport to extremes. A captain of Thacher’s Green Team, Evan has moved beyond Thacher’s gymkhana events into the world of extreme cowboy competition. This fall, he put together a series of impressive performances to fulfill his dream of winning it all in Hamilton, Texas. The championship final run involved 14 distinct challenges (a free ride, roll backs, moguls, a broken jump, spin box, tree bridge, lateral lope left, straight line lead changes, deadman hide drag, cow roping, triple jump, free ride, dismount, and lead to finish) earned him the 2016 Youth World Champion title (and a very impressive belt buckle to boot!). Evan looks forward to riding competitively in college.