I began riding at the age of 5. I grew up in the arena as a hunter jumper rider. It wasn’t until just a couple years ago that I began trail riding. Since then, I have competed in several trail trials, both with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association and California State Horseman’s Association. I decided to conquer endurance riding after one of my best friends challenged me to enter the Tevis Cup (I rarely turn down a dare, Julie).
I am excited to find out what this year has in store for me. Except for the 3 years that I was on the swim team in high school, I have never really considered myself an athlete. I’ve always been more of an artist, writing poetry and performing on the stage.
I am dedicated to my family, my horses, and my nonprofit organization, Spirit Quilts (http://www.spiritquilts.net.) I am also a Nursing major at California State University, Chico. It has been my life’s dream to inspire and encourage others, and this challenge of the Tevis should be no different.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten