Claire Tallman: Just go for it
February 14, 2017
Capilano University introduced its new brand and visual identity to the world this January with an ad campaign on billboards, transit shelters and buses throughout the Lower Mainland. This week, we’re launching a series that introduces the faces behind the campaign, starting with Claire Tallman, who appears in the Discover Here ad above.
Persistence and self-discipline can be learned in many ways. For Claire Tallman, a graduate of Capilano University’s
Bachelor of Business Administration degree, it started at age 5 when she fell in love with Apples, but not the fruity kind.
Apples was a pony she rode at an equestrian camp in Scotland near her grandparents’ house. The camp led to regular riding lessons here in North Vancouver, buying a horse and eventually competing in horse shows across B.C. and the U.S. in hunter, jumper and equitation competitions.
“For years I spent every day, year-round at the barn, and 12-14 hours a day in the summer,” says Tallman. “For many days in the summer I’d be at horse shows. I’d usually be up quite early, sometimes 2 or 3 a.m., to feed and ride the horses before 7 a.m. when the rings opened and the show day began.”
While she jokes that her love of horses was a “black hole of money” for her parents, she says the benefits clearly outweighed the disadvantages. “I learned so much from competing, how to work under pressure, how to manage failure, how to support my friends. Plus, how to strategize, what it takes to be successful and how to work as an effective team.”
Read the complete blog post on Your Daily Cap.