My mom took me to my first riding lessons when I was just three years old. I remember being led around on an old horse named Spirit, and thinking it was the greatest day ever when I got to hold the reins by myself.
That is when I found LaBelle, the love of my life. She was big, bay, and beautiful. Belle was the sweetest thing in the world, with the most elegant face and huge, kind eyes. I also had her for three years. We had the most amazing connection; I swore she knew what I was thinking. She was so intelligent and we worked amazingly together. In the three years that I had shown her a couple times a month, we won all of our classes except 2, both being at regionals. At our very first regionals we won the Training Level division out of 36 riders, which is one of my most cherished memories. In 2005, we were second in the nation!
LaBelle had some health problems and couldn’t compete much above Second level (although we scored in the 70%s). That is how I came to acquire Icon, a fancy Dutch Watmblood gelding. I had been riding with George Williams and had aspirations of competing in the Jr./Yg program. Icon was a fabulous horse and very talented, but we just didn’t click. I didn’t like working with him and he didn’t like working with me. I was so unhappy I thought I had lost all interest in horses. That is when I sold him and everything I owned.
That is when I found Parelli and bought a horse named Sonny to try it out with. I owned Sonny for three and a half years and what an experience that was. He taught me so much about myself and horsemanship. He definitely had the biggest impact on my life; how thankful I am to have such a wonderful teacher! He made me a much better person and was the greatest thing I could ever ask for. We progressed quickly through the Parelli levels and were playing in Level 4 before I sold him. I sold him to family friends for their daughter to learn Parelli with. He is in the most perfect home and I still get to see him regularly.
After learning the ropes with Sonny, that is when I decided to purchase a young horse. Estella was everything I have ever dreamed of! I feel like all of my past experiences have lead me to this moment in which I get to play with an incredible horse and bring her up my own way.