My first "free lease" pony Kahlua - 1996 My first horse Mac - 2006 Riding my mustang Marty in the Rocky Mountains - 2015 At the Beach with Beau - 2016
Turning Wild Horses Into Dream Horses
My Girls, Kelly and Sugar
I started basic hunter/jumper riding lessons when I was 12 years old and was immediately hooked! Since then, I have pursued many types of riding and experiences with horses. My favorite thing will always be exploring the rugged country and trails alone with my horse, but I also love to jump, work cattle, practice dressage and continue my journey on making a vaquero bridle horse. When people ask me what type of riding I do, or if I ride western or english, I never know exactly how to answer them. I just RIDE. I enjoy so many things with my horses! First and foremost, I ride for fun and enjoyment, for both me and my mount. I try to accomplish communication with my horses that will allow me to pursue whatever discipline suits us. I ride and train all of my horses the same as I believe that good riding is good riding, no matter the outfit, tack or discipline specific tasks we choose to perform.
For years I learned a lot just by trial and error and listening to my horse. But I have also gained priceless information from years of hunter, jumper and dressage riding lessons and more recently, traveling to horsemanship clinics to ride with those I most admire. I frequently ride with Buck Brannaman, Ricky Quinn and Patrick King and but have also worked with other great teachers over the years such as Sam Brown, Warwick Schiller, Buster McLaury, and Wylene Wilson to name a few.
I've spent a lot of time working with off-track Thoroughbreds, but more recently have discovered a love for the wild horses of the American west. In 2014, I competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover for the first time and won the rookie champion belt buckle. I have since participated in 2 other Mustang Makeovers, including the invitation-only trainers challenge Mustang Magic competition in Fort Worth, TX. Gentling and training a previously untouched wild horse is an experience like no other. I was lucky to be able to keep two of the mustangs that I trained, and they are my most cherished mounts. I am taking some time off of the makeovers, but plan to compete again in 2019!
I recently decided to try some breeding and welcomed my first foal in 2014, a registered Oldenburg by Riverman out of my Thoroughbred mare, Tiptoes In Dreams. "In Your Dreams" (Ronan), will be 4 this Spring and is showing great prospect as a show hunter and fox hunter! My second baby arrived in 2017, a Qredit filly out of my Sandro Hit/Neostan mare, Cassandra. "Qredible Dream" is currently for sale, and her mother, Cassandra, will be offered for sale later this year after going through at least 6 months of bootcamp. I have no breedings currently planned but would love to find a new broodmare and breed some more quality warmbloods in the future!
Aside from horses, I also love dogs and currently have an English Cocker named Kelly and a Pit Bull named Sugar. When I'm not riding or spending time with my own dogs, I'm busy pampering other peoples dogs with my mobile dog grooming business, Cocker Poodle Doo.
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