“It’s like having two separate lives as a student and an athlete,
because each thing is so time consuming, but I’ve made it work so far,”
Tett said. “There’s a lot of sacrifices involved, but I want a degree. I
have a passion for riding, but I have a passion for [a career in public
Although Tett isn’t looking at a future as a professional rider—the
odds of financial success are just too long, she said—she doesn’t plan
to give up riding and competing anytime soon. She envisions having a
career in public relations while continuing to work hard to keep her
Olympic hopes alive.
Internationally ranked in eventing, she just barely missed
accruing enough points in 2019 to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Her
competitions were limited when her horse sustained a temporary
injury—“frustrating, but it happens,” she said.
As an international competitor, Tett now represents Zimbabwe, her
father’s home country. She’s a U.S. citizen but was able to also qualify
for a Zimbabwean passport because of his background, and she recently
completed the paperwork required to ride for that country in Olympic
“I’m proud to represent Zimbabwe,” she said. “My dad is very proud of his heritage.”
Her parents are proud of her as well, she said, adding that they can
watch her ride “without cringing” at the risk of injury. Her father
often records her competitions and can be heard on many of the videos
yelling encouragement from behind the camera.
Tett is looking ahead to some major international competitions in the next few years. And then?
“Paris 2024 is next,” she said of those Summer Olympic Games. “I’ll
be more mature then and have a better plan, better control of my nerves.
I’m very positive about my chances. And even at 24, I’ll be one of the
youngest in the field.”
Graduation from UD and a job in public relations are also on the horizon.
“I’m determined to make all the parts of my life fit together,” she said. “Eventually!”
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Evan Krape