June 8, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - This won't be the first trip overseas for Fresno State equestrian rider Lisa Beach, but it will be the first time she will train outside of California. This summer Beach is traveling to study at the University of Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. She will live with her uncle in Hendaye, France which is only a short 30 minute trip to school every day. There she will have the opportunity to train at the source of equestrian in Europe.
"While I was in London, I flew to see my Uncle and my cousins for a four day weekend at his house located in South France," said Beach. "I am super close with my cousins, so seeing my family was definitely the best part of the trip. I can't wait to go back this summer and spend even more time with them!"
Studying abroad is not new to Beach, actually this will be her third time studying outside of the United States in just under two years.
Her passion for traveling came at a young age. Her mother's side of the family is from El Salvador and a lot of family members still remain in France so she grew up traveling to see them all the time. Her grandparents were the first to share with her their study abroad experiences they had in college, which greatly inspired Beach to experience it on her own.
The first trip she made was to China to study Agriculture Business taking a class called Farm to Fork. She went in June 2011 and used the experience to learn if international agricultural business was something she wanted to do, and ended up learning it was not.
In the winter of 2011, Beach went to London to study at the Anglo American University in Bloombury. The trip and the class were very focused on learning about other cultures outside of the United States and learning how to get around on your own without a lot of structured tours and schedules set up.
"Experiencing the different cultures was just amazing," said Beach. "Everything is so different in every town, every city, even sporting events there are different. Our history is just beginning and over in Europe the places are 1000s of years old."
While in London, Beach went to Greenwich Park to see where the Equestrian Olympics were going to be held this summer 2012. She also visited the official Olympic countdown and got a tour of Wimbledon.
"I climbed to the top of the park at Greenwich and to stand on the grass where US Olympians were going to be galloping across this summer was amazing!" said Beach. "I also stood on center court at Wimbledon and it was such a great experience."
This trip to Spain will be one of family, school adventures and equestrian. With class 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Beach will use her Europass to travel all through Europe on the weekends. Along with spending a lot of time with her family, Beach will be training with French and Spanish trainers.
"I am really excited to train over in Europe this summer," said Beach. "The French and the Spanish riders are much better than the Americans, so to gain experience in Europe, which is the epicenter of equestrian, will truly be amazing."
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