Having one passion is lucky. Having two is a gift.
I have loved horses all my life, and was constantly looking for excuses to ride when I was a kid. Whenever family friends had horses, I would beg for the chance to brush, ride, or even just see them. I started riding when I was 6 years old, at a hunter jumper facility called Triton Stables. I learned the basics of English riding while there, before transferring to Oakwood Stables, which focused more on Equitation.
When I was 10, my parents bought me a plucky old pony named Thunder, who became a great influence on my life. I learned to make a deep, close connection with my first horse, who taught me a lot about being responsible for my own seat and aids.
In high school, I switched up disciplines to work at a western trail riding center. I cared for, rode, and trained over 100 horses, from giant Belgian drafts to spirited Arabs and everything in between.
Before college, I was a part of a mounted flag team called the Carousel Paints and their Cowgirls, and got the chance to perform in front of thousands of people at national rodeos.
Though I didn't have as much time to ride in college, I still wanted to work with horses, and became a Counselor at Hope Reins, a non-profit that uses equine therapy to help children find hope and healing in difficult times of their lives. I was also able to be a Trainer for one of their horses, Buddy, and provide him guidance as he helped hundreds of children find love and happiness.
Since graduating, I've trained across multiple disciplines, with a concentration on dressage, and made many new (human and equine!) friends. No matter what, though, my truest passion is getting to know each horse individually, and learning what makes each as special as they are. I've complied a list of horses I've ridden, so that I can remember what each has taught me over the years, and so I never forget what each one has gifted me with their presence.