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Nexus Member Spotlight: Elise Santiz

Elise Santiz grew up in a small town in Michigan and started riding when she was just 5 years old. As her family moved from the suburbs to the country, her parents let her take riding lessons to help make the move more fun, and it didn’t take long for Elise to catch the horse bug! She started eventing when she was 10 years old but has competed in just about every discipline through 4-H and her high school equestrian team. Elise was only 15 when she purchased a 4-year-old off-the-track thoroughbred named Leo. Leo is now in Kentucky with Elise and they compete on the University of Kentucky eventing team together. “Leo has been the perfect example of how amazing thoroughbreds are and although h