I started riding when I was 4 years old and have been hooked since day one. Being one of Wendy’s nieces I grew up in the barn and she has always supported, coached and encouraged me in my riding. I’ve had many horses and they have all helped me grow as a rider however there are a few that are very special to me.
My first horse was “Pretty Blue Eyes” aka “Blue”, he was the kindest, gentlest horse and the first horse I showed on my own. As a 6-year-old kid he showed me the ropes and babysat me through the showmanship, horsemanship and Western Pleasure classes. I think he was the reason why I grew up loving the Western Pleasure. Unfortunately he passed before his time due to HYPP.
“Hotrodders Sunshine” aka “Sunshine” was the first horse I ever showed in AQHA competitions and she will forever hold a special spot in my heart. I got Sunshine when I was 8 years old and she taught me the art of not only showing but also riding and boy did she make me work at times. During my years in the youth 13 & under “Sunshine” and I won many year-end awards in CWHA and MQHA as well as qualifying for the AQHA Youth World Show multiple times.
In 2011 I got my current show horse “To Lazy To Strut” aka ”Nike”. “Nike” is one of the coolest, most talented horses I have had the privilege to ride. When I got her she only did the western pleasure but over the past couple years I’ve been able to teach her the all around events such as trail, horsemanship and western riding. I can truly say I’ve enjoyed every minute of training her for those events, as it was a real learning experience in training for myself. We have had a fantastic few years’ together earning points in halter, horsemanship, western pleasure and trail and it has been my goal since day one to qualify for the AQHA world show.
In 2015, Nike And I not only qualified in one event but two: the amateur western pleasure and the amateur performance halter mares. However 2015 also had a few more wins starting with winning the title of champion amateur western pleasure, reserve champion amateur performance halter mares, reserve champion open performance halter mares and reserve champion amateur trail at the Canadian National Quarter Horse Show. By the end of show season Nike and I had earned enough points to acquire our Superior in Amateur Western Pleasure and our Amateur Championship.
In 2013 and 2015 I was able to completely train from day one a couple 2 year olds for the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50, it was a huge learning curve and challenge but one I am so grateful to have been able to do. My 2013 two year old “Passive Invitation” earned Hi-point rail horse, Hi-point amateur and Reserve Champion overall and my two year old from 2015 “Fame Will Be Cool earned 9th place overall.
My goals for years to follow are to keep learning and bettering my riding skills and to one day show at the AQHA World Show in the Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Trail and Western Riding.