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.

Rest easy, Ramon

Rest easy, Ramon

No matter how long you are with me, it is never long enough… My sweet Ramon passed away during the night, peacefully. He was the horse who brought me through my very first national derby, and who gave me confidence and so much love. He was the snuggliest, and when it...
Happy Earth Day 2021!

Happy Earth Day 2021!

Happy Earth day to you! Hello friends – I have attempted to dedicate a small portion of my day to Earth Day every day for the past several years. I recycle my soda cans, turn the water off when I brush my teeth, and I requested no more paper statements for...
The Comeback

The Comeback

The comeback will be greater than the setback. A phrase I thought I understood until I really experienced it myself this week. Having been through the last 15 or so months that I have lived, these kinds of quiet, seemingly inconsequential victories are the ones I have...
Monday morning check-in

Monday morning check-in

I woke up this morning feeling a little bit uncertain. It is a wintry 36 degrees here in the Chi as I am typing this. Flurries are possible today as the city enters in to new advised restrictions due to a COVID-19 surge with state wide restrictions looming on the...
Weekly accomplishments during COVID-19

Weekly accomplishments during COVID-19

As I began my week this week, I was sitting in my condo, coffee in hand. I like taking a look at my schedule and what I have on my agenda each week. Just like that, my calendar reminded me that I should be planning to be in Kentucky to Derby finals. Moments later,...

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