Equestrian Life

It's said that, in life, it's important to have your "why." Why are you doing what you do? Why are you motivated to hustle and work hard? For me, horses are that why. I started riding when I was 9 years old and have been in love with these beautiful, giving, and magnificent animals ever since. Today I compete in both the amateur-owner hunter and adult jumper divisions with my horses Cassius, Lucca, and Serafina. While juggling work and riding can often be a challenge that requires great patience, planning, and dedication, there's nothing that I wouldn't do to continue the privilege of pursuing my passion. You see, my horses are not only my why, they are also my "how." They're the ones that provide me with a place of quiet, unconditional love and that fuel and drive me to set big goals and accomplish all that I set out to do.

A Reminder As We Celebrate The Kentucky Derby

A Reminder As We Celebrate The Kentucky Derby

Photo Credit : Aullmyn Photography The Kentucky Derby is such an exciting time – but it is important to remember that this event is not about gorgeous hats, mint juleps and fabulous parties. This day is about an elite athlete with feelings and a soul. And a...
Back in the saddle – and struggling with it…

Back in the saddle – and struggling with it…

Typically my winters are pretty awesome. I usually send my horses down to either Wellington or Ocala, Florida somewhere in late December/Early January and end up spending most of the first three months of the year riding outside and competing for two weeks on and one...
Realizing Dreams at the USHJA International Derby Finals

Realizing Dreams at the USHJA International Derby Finals

Two years ago, Caitlyn Shiels and I were in Traverse City, Michigan, chasing indoors points for the amateur-owner hunters. I so wanted to go, and at 6, Mo was trying his heart out to get me there. We watched the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship (Kentucky)...

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