Lindzi Cox, Liberty High School graduate, is still in the hunt for ‘The Bachelor’
February 28, 2012
By Rick Allen
“The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visited John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode aired Feb. 20.
Previews of that episode showed Lindzi, of Issaquah, and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.
In a press release about the episode, ABC said: “Ben’s journey starts in Ocala, Florida, where he spends the day with Lindzi and her fun-loving parents on their picturesque horse farm. Up until now, she has been hesitant to open up to Ben, but she finally reveals that her last relationship left her heartbroken and she is afraid to make herself vulnerable.
“Her parents notice the difference in their once-reticent daughter whose heart seems open again, but will they welcome Ben into their family?”
Though dubbed a “hometown date,” Ocala is not her home. The honey-haired, brown-eyed Lindzi was born and raised in Washington; she considers the Seattle area her home.
Yet, she’s no stranger to the Ocala, Fla., area. Her parents settled in Morriston about seven years ago, which is perhaps why “The Bachelor” website lists Ocala as her hometown. A champion equestrian, Lindzi has trained there from her earliest years.
She sometimes also volunteers at the Live Oak International competition, according to event coordinator Susan Gilliland. Her parents have been sponsors of the annual event, and Margy Cox herself is considered a top carriage driver.
“I’ve met (Lindzi) a few times and she is a delightful girl, but I do not really know her,” Gilliland wrote in an email. “I know her parents are wonderful people.”
She spends Christmases with her parents, and reportedly celebrated New Year’s Eve in Ocala with friends.
Primarily a rider
In the season’s premiere, Lindzi rode into “The Bachelor” mansion on a horse, telling Ben she rides horses. She won the first impression rose. Since then, the dignified Lindzi has had little air time, yet Ben keeps giving her roses, so they’ve likely spent time together not shown.
“She could be an international class rider,” rider and trainer Peter Gray said recently. “She has all the talent in the world. She rides with lots of personality and has a natural balance.
“I’m not sure you can learn that,” he added. “It’s more of a gift.”
Gray, who owns a horse ranch in Marion County, Fla., is an Olympic rider and former coach of the Canadian Olympic equestrian team. He helped train a young Lindsey — as she was known then — from about age 6, both in Ocala and in Washington. And he’s reveled in her successes as she grew.
“Lindsey is confident, outgoing, a very warm person with lots of energy,” he said. “She was one of the dream students: a good learner and a good athlete. Combine the both, plus her natural feel and balance, and you’ve got a winner.”
But will she prevail in “The Bachelor?” Spoiler websites have predicted Lindzi — she began calling herself that in college — will be one of the final two.
Mum’s the word
Lindzi, her parents, friends and associates were not allowed to comment for this story. ABC and the show’s producers hold no-talk agreements with contestants, their families and friends — until the contestant’s run on the show ends.
Yet there are some nibbles of background available.
Born in Bellevue, Lindzi was a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School in Renton. The Issaquah school’s Wikipedia entry lists her as a “notable alumni” — along with classmate Tim Lincecum, a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants and Cy Young recipient in 2008 and 2009.
She went to college at Fresno State in California on an equestrian scholarship. She’s listed on the 2006-2007 roster as an English/Western rider.
According to her Fresno State profile, she was the 2001 U.S. Equestrian Association Young Rider champion and 2001 Area VII Young Rider of the Year. She won three riding blue ribbons with her horse, Nautical Ridge.
She graduated from Fresno State in 2010 with a degree in public relations. Her occupation on “The Bachelor” website is listed as business development manager.
Win or eliminated, being on “The Bachelor” has been “a fun experience for her,” John Cox said several weeks ago. “She’s doing a wonderful job. We’re very proud of her.”
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