Rachel O'Malley

Hello! My name is Rachel O’Malley and I am a senior Sports Communication student. I currently have re-found my love for creative outlets such as singing and drawing. I am in Visual Communication to satisfy a requirement for graduation, but along the way have found myself falling in love with photography. I am currently on the Indiana University Softball Team where I have started all four year (so far). While I am a student athlete I come from a family with a lot of artistic abilities. My mother attended the Chicago School of Art where she specialized in portrait drawing. My sister lives downtown where she manages a bar while creating unique specialty drinks that have been featured in many magazines. My past also has had a bit of print art in it. I turned down an art scholarship to pursue softball here at Indiana University. After my career here at Indiana I hope to coach division one softball, and run a non-profit organization that allows young girls to use softball to get to college just as I have.

Projects by Rachel O'Malley

Second Chance Stable


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Tourist pass through Nashville, Indiana throughout the fall months every year. They visit apple orchards, pumpkin patches, hiking trails and Schooner Valley Stables. For just $35 a person anyone, any age can saddle up and experience back wood trails guided by professional horse riders. What most of these customers don’t know is while they are riding for pleasure, the employees are riding for the chance for a new start.

I followed Tori Drake who is a close friend and current student at Indiana University. She is a former Indiana University varsity rower and event planning management student. However, what most people don’t know is why Tori decided to work at Schooners. After two years of competing for a spot on the IU rowing team Tori decided to take a break and focus on her school. She would go one to complete her sophomore year and take junior year as a fresh start to refocus and find a new normal without her sport. This new normal never came.

Second Chance Stables

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Tourist​ ​pass​ ​through​ ​Nashville,​ ​Indiana​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​months​ ​every​ ​year.​ ​They​ ​visit apple​ ​orchards,​ ​pumpkin​ ​patches,​ ​hiking​ ​trails​ ​and​ ​Schooner​ ​Valley​ ​Stables.​ ​For​ ​just​ ​$35​ ​a person​ ​anyone,​ ​any​ ​age​ ​can​ ​saddle​ ​up​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​back​ ​wood​ ​trails​ ​guided​ ​by​ ​professional horse​ ​riders.​ ​What​ ​most​ ​of​ ​these​ ​customers​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​is​ ​while​ ​they​ ​are​ ​riding​ ​for​ ​pleasure,​ ​the employees​ ​are​ ​riding​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​a​ ​new​ ​start.

An Unexpected Career

This video features Allison Papenfuss who is currently the only female strength coach employed through Indiana University Athletics. This video shows the importance of Allison as not only a strength coach but a mentor for the athletes she is coaching. The video highlights how the weight room has become a sanctuary for the athletes that need a break form their hectic day-to-day lives as D1 athletes.


Horsing Around

Tourist​ ​pass​ ​through​ ​Nashville,​ ​Indiana​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​months​ ​every​ ​year.​ ​They​ ​visit apple​ ​orchards,​ ​pumpkin​ ​patches,​ ​hiking​ ​trails​ ​and​ ​Schooner​ ​Valley​ ​Stables.​ ​For​ ​just​ ​$35​ ​a person​ ​anyone,​ ​any​ ​age​ ​can​ ​saddle​ ​up​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​back​ ​wood​ ​trails​ ​guided​ ​by​ ​professional horse​ ​riders.​ ​What​ ​most​ ​of​ ​these​ ​customers​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​is​ ​while​ ​they​ ​are​ ​riding​ ​for​ ​pleasure,​ ​the employees​ ​are​ ​riding​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​a​ ​new​ ​start.

I​ ​followed​ ​Tori​ ​Drake​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​close​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​current​ ​student​ ​at​ ​Indiana​ ​University.​ ​She is​ ​a​ ​former​ ​Indiana​ ​University​ ​varsity​ ​rower​ ​and​ ​event​ ​planning​ ​management​ ​student.​ ​However, what​ ​most​ ​people​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​is​ ​why​ ​Tori​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​work​ ​at​ ​Schooners.​ ​After​ ​two​ ​years​ ​of competing​ ​for​ ​a​ ​spot​ ​on​ ​the​ ​IU​ ​rowing​ ​team​ ​Tori​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​break​ ​and​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​her​ ​school. She​ ​would​ ​go​ ​one​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​her​ ​sophomore​ ​year​ ​and​ ​take​ ​junior​ ​year​ ​as​ ​a​ ​fresh​ ​start​ ​to​ ​refocus and​ ​find​ ​a​ ​new​ ​normal​ ​without​ ​her​ ​sport.​ ​This​ ​new​ ​normal​ ​never​ ​came.

“Every day​ ​was​ ​struggle.​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​lost​ ​and​ ​like​ ​failure.”​ ​Said​ ​Tori.

As​ ​if​ ​the​ ​stress​ ​of​ ​attending​ ​Indiana​ ​wasn’t​ ​enough​ ​Tori​ ​began​ ​to​ ​let​ ​her​ ​personal​ ​slip away.​ ​SHe​ ​lost​ ​friends​ ​when​ ​she​ ​choose​ ​school​ ​over​ ​rowing.​ ​She​ ​began​ ​to​ ​find​ ​large​ ​cracks​ ​in the​ ​relationship​ ​she​ ​had​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​2​ ​years.​ ​“All​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sudden​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​me anymore.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​just​ ​get​ ​through​ ​the​ ​day.”​ ​Tori​ ​explained.​ ​On​ ​May​ ​12,​ ​she​ ​would​ ​end​ ​up in​ ​the​ ​hospital.​ ​Tori​ ​told​ ​me​ ​how​ ​she​ ​sat​ ​in​ ​her​ ​home​ ​and​ ​realized​ ​that​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​half​ ​year​ ​she had​ ​felt​ ​nothing​ ​but​ ​sadness.​ ​That​ ​the​ ​only​ ​thing​ ​she​ ​held​ ​onto​ ​was​ ​that​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day​ ​might​ ​work out​ ​better.​ ​May​ ​13th​ ​she​ ​found​ ​herself​ ​on​ ​the​ ​5th​ ​floor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Bloomington​ ​Hospital.​ ​No​ ​phone, no​ ​clothes​ ​of​ ​her​ ​own,​ ​no​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​time,​ ​and​ ​no​ ​one​ ​around​ ​her.

“It​ ​was​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​my​ ​life​ ​that​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​and​ ​actually​ ​think​ ​about​ ​myself.”​ ​Tori​ ​said.

Tori​ ​was​ ​seeking​ ​guidance​ ​that​ ​she​ ​couldn’t​ ​give​ ​to​ ​herself.​ ​This​ ​guidance​ ​came​ ​in​ ​a birthday​ ​gift​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​months​ ​after​ ​being​ ​released​ ​from​ ​the​ ​hospital.​ ​A​ ​text​ ​on​ ​Tori’s​ ​phone reads,​ ​“For​ ​your​ ​birthday​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​get​ ​you​ ​a​ ​horse.​ ​Pick​ ​anyone​ ​out​ ​that​ ​you​ ​might​ ​like and​ ​we’ll​ ​go​ ​together​ ​and​ ​check​ ​it​ ​out.​ ​Xoxo​ ​grandma.”​ ​Tori,​ ​who​ ​had​ ​rode​ ​horses​ ​religiously​ ​as a​ ​child​ ​found​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​self​ ​and​ ​meaning​ ​in​ ​this​ ​hunt​ ​for​ ​her​ ​perfect​ ​horse.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​lost​ ​her Grandpa​ ​a​ ​few​ ​years​ ​back​ ​and​ ​can​ ​remember​ ​never​ ​getting​ ​on​ ​a​ ​horse​ ​again​ ​after​ ​that​ ​day.​ ​But, she​ ​wasn’t​ ​the​ ​same​ ​Tori​ ​and​ ​she​ ​felt​ ​like​ ​she​ ​needed​ ​a​ ​connection​ ​to​ ​something,​ ​even​ ​the memory​ ​of​ ​her​ ​Grandpa.

Craigslist​ ​brought​ ​tori​ ​to​ ​“Jake”,​ ​a​ ​medium​ ​size​ ​brown​ ​coated​ ​male​ ​horse.​ ​This​ ​led​ ​Tori to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​part​ ​time​ ​job.​ ​She​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​and​ ​board​ ​the​ ​horse​ ​so​ ​she​ ​needed​ ​some cash.​ ​Tori​ ​waited​ ​tables,​ ​bartended,​ ​etc.​ ​But​ ​never​ ​really​ ​loved​ ​any​ ​of​ ​it.​ ​She​ ​remembered​ ​her Grandpa’s​ ​favorite​ ​place​ ​to​ ​ride,​ ​Schooner​ ​Valley​ ​Stables.​ ​The​ ​same​ ​place​ ​that​ ​her​ ​Grandpa would​ ​take​ ​her​ ​as​ ​a​ ​child.

“This​ ​place​ ​is​ ​the​ ​only​ ​spot​ ​where​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​relaxed.​ ​Where​ ​I​ ​can​ ​get​ ​away.”​ ​Said​ ​Tori.

Schooner​ ​Valley​ ​Stables​ ​is​ ​a​ ​retreat​ ​for​ ​tourist​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​place​ ​for​ ​Tori​ ​to​ ​live life.​ ​While​ ​I​ ​sat​ ​there​ ​and​ ​took​ ​pictures​ ​of​ ​families​ ​bonding​ ​over​ ​new​ ​adventures,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​also allowed​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​Tori​ ​reminiscing​ ​on​ ​childhood​ ​memories​ ​with​ ​her​ ​grandpa’s​ ​spirit​ ​lingering​ ​in every​ ​stable,​ ​down​ ​every​ ​turn​ ​of​ ​the​ ​trail​ ​path.