What It Feels Like to Move to Europe to Further my Career: Hallie Coon

by Hallie Coon /

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fter a phenomenal first summer abroad, courtesy of the Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant, I’m hopping the pond permanently and taking up residence in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Though I’m only 23, I refuse to stay stagnant in my career. The months I spent in England in 2018 were just a taste of what’s to come, but it was an amazing way to get my feet wet. To put it simply, it was a huge jump forward in my career, from training and competing to being surrounded by so much talent all the time.

Competing at the Houghton Hall CICO3* was a definite high point because the USA came second in the Nations Cup and it was my first time under pressure in a team situation. It showed me that I have the ability to be cool under pressure, which honestly, is a huge relief.