Community May 07, 2012
Lily Gillespie (Equine)

Age: 16
School: The Community School
Siblings: Older sister, Emily, younger brother, Thomas
Pets: Quarterhorse, Wellington, and two border terriers, Macy and Mackay
Styles: Hunter/Jumper


From the Old West wagon days to being home to America’s most beloved dressage horse, Brentina, of Hailey’s River Grove Farm, the Wood River Valley has a long and distinguished history in equestrian endeavors. It’s a tradition proudly being carried on by local riders like Lily Gillespie. Gillespie, who lives north of Ketchum, is considered to be one of the best young hunter/jumper equestrians in Idaho.


How long have you been riding horses?

Since second grade. My older sister was riding so I asked if I could ride, too.


What are your greatest achievements so far?

I’m the Idaho Hunter Jumper Association state champion in 2’6” jumpers and reserve champion in 2’9” jumpers.


What horse do you ride for competitions?

I always ride Wellington. He’s a seven-year-old quarterhorse trained by Lorraine Wilcox.


Where do you usually ride?

The Lucky 13 Ranch in Hailey and I love to ride outdoors whenever I can.


Is horseback riding your passion?

I love riding in general. If I don’t jump for like a week I get antsy and bored. (Life) just isn’t as exciting. I enjoy competing, too.

Do you have any favorite riders?

Top level riders like Beezie Maddon.


Any tips for young or new riders?

Be patient.


What’s your favorite flavor ice cream?

Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie frozen yogurt.


Who is your hero?

My older sister.


What’s your favorite “kids” food?

Mac and cheese, especially at The Cornerstone in Ketchum.


What’s your motto?

Be myself. Be happy. Go with the flow.


Do you participate in any other sports?

I dance with the Sun Valley Ballet School.


Favorite movie?

“Black Beauty” and “Center Stage.”


Favorite book?

The Hunger Games and The Glass Castle.


Favorite musician?

Adele, Kelly Clarkson.


Place you’d most like to visit?

Italy and Argentina.




This article appears in the Spring 2012 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.