You know that little girl that was crazy about her horses her entire life?! The one that grew up with ponies on everything and dreamed of one day having her very own pony? Well, that wasn’t quite me.
I will never forget meeting my soon to be best friend on the first day of 6th grade, I remember thinking to myself “This girl is crazy, she is obsessed with her horse. That is all she talks about, she has pictures of him everywhere..oh and I can’t forget the color Purple too, that was EVERYWHERE.”
Little did I know that after a few months of being friends with this horse crazy girl, Melanie, I would soon become just like her. I remember the first time she drug me out to the barn. I remember sitting up late at night when we had sleep overs trying to make a chore list our parents would pay us for so that we could buy myself a horse. I remember the day my mom finally said “YES!” to letting me take lessons. I remember how Melanie bought me my very first set of horse things and even let me keep them in her tack box at the barn. To this day I still have that purple grooming tub she bought me and some of those brushes.
The day my parents said they would buy me my first horse was the day my life forever changed. Obsidian or as we called him Rocky was my first love. He was the sweetest Thoroughbred Hunter, but he did never quite get over his love of running like a race horse. Endless days spent out at the barn during the summer just hanging out with my best friends and sometimes even cleaning the big giant pile of tack were truly unforgettable.
As I grew up I fell in love with Dressage. After High School I decided that I would go on to college and pursue my love of horses at Texas A&M. I majored in Animal Science and absolutely was in love with my degree, because lets be honest it is the best degree in the world. While in college I was a member of the Texas A&M Horse Judging Team. I had an amazing honor of competing in a number of national horse judging contests including the AQHA Worlds, NRBC, National Reining Horse Futurity, Morgan Horse Grand Nationals, and the Arabian Nationals. While in college I was also able to ride with Fran Dearing of Windy Knoll Farm in Magnolia,TX.
After college I married my High School Sweetheart, Austin. He is the most handsome bearded man in the entire world. We said our I do’s in November of 2013. We live in Springfield, MO with our two dogs Paisley & Kodak, and our horses Tavi, Lucy, and Lucy’s foal Calypso.