Woman with Ocala ties hopes 'Bachelor' picks her
Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
OCALA — She spells her name “Lindzi” with a “Z-I,” and the young woman with ties to Ocala is making an impression on America — or at least “The Bachelor” part of it.
One of 25 women hoping for a ring from Ben Flajnik on ABC's “The Bachelor,” Lindzi C. rode a horse into the mansion in last week's season premiere — and later got the “first impression rose,” becoming an early favorite for a possible proposal.
Lindzi's no stranger to horses — or to this area. She's been in and out of Ocala for at least 20 years for equestrian training and events. She told Ben she rides horses, and this one was named “First Impression Rose” — as in hint, hint!
It may have worked for her, but show host Chris Harrison wrote in his blog that the crew wasn't thrilled with “the surprise the horse left!”
“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Until recently, Lindzi was Lindsey Cox.
“She started calling herself Lindzi in college,” proud papa John Cox said last week. “Kids will be kids.”
Cox and his wife, Margy, live in Morriston.
“We moved here about seven years ago,” he said. “Lindzi likes Ocala and comes here every year for Christmas.”
The show's website lists Ocala as Lindzi's hometown, though her father doesn't know why.
“She's never lived here,” Cox said.
On the show, Lindzi called Seattle home.
Still, “she has many friends here in the horse event community,” he added, “a lot of friends who mentored her.”
According to her profile at Fresno State in California — she attended on an equestrian scholarship, graduating in 2010 — Lindzi was U.S. Equestrian Association Young Rider National Champion in 2001.
“She is competitive,” Cox said. “She likes to win. In high school, she was a cheerleader on the drill team. She can be a character, but she is a good, sweet and honest person.”
This season focuses on Flajnik, the easy-going vineyard owner rejected by Ashley Hebert in last fall's “The Bachelorette” finale.
Photos on Lindzi's Facebook page show the blond, brown-eyed hopeful in a group date at a baseball stadium and rappelling down a rock face side-by-side with Flajnik.
Might there be a vintner-in-law in the Coxes' future?
If he knows, Cox said he can't say; his daughter signed the show's nondisclosure-heavy agreement, and he's honoring it.
Nevertheless, “we think she's doing a wonderful job,” he added. “And we're very proud of her.”
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