Oil & gas geologist by day and seeker of the flame by, well, all the time.
A few things you might be intrigued to know about me:
~I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I try to live my life the way He intended and walk the path He created. Animals and music play a big role in my faith.
~I struggle with what my true vocation is. Honestly, who doesn’t?
~I am a 9th generation Texan and yes, I am proud of that. Love this great state.
~I am an animal person. I have two horses and a dog. Self trained…Well, really they train me.
~My animals make me a better human.
~My family and friends are my world.
~I am a self-proclaimed music junkie. I dig Texas, Red Dirt, Western, and Classic Country and Americana…and R&B…and Classical…and Gospel…Mariachi…Most of what I listen to does not fit in any one box. Go figure.
~I love to read. Sappy romance novels, horse training, horse/human relationships/history, faith. That pretty much covers it. The parallels between horses and life are astounding to me.
~I do not like to have my picture taken, but I LOVE to take photos and I secretly want people to like my photos. Most all photos on this site are taken by me.
~Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong generation. However, air conditioning sure is great.
~I love to cook and bake.
~I can not spell!…and my grammar can be rather sketchy. Please be gracious and forgive me my mistakes.
I love my job and career, do not get me wrong, but horses are my true passion. People ask me all the time why I did not turn horses into a career and a life. I made the conscious decision when I went off to school to study something that I both liked and would ensure me a good career, awarding me the freedom to follow my passion wherever it led. In my life, I have met a few people that turned their passion into their work and lost the love in the process. It was both visible and palpable. I also know people on the other side of that coin. People that have built a career from their passion and have not lost the love. This, I think, is rare. I did not want to lose the love, so I chose a different route. Was this the right choice? I do not know. You can bet on one thing, I will let you know when I learn the answer.
They say my love for horses began the moment I first saw one and it has only grown since. I was that kid that everyone knew as ‘that horse girl’ and I just never grew out of that ‘phase.’ I am probably more horse crazy now than I ever was. It stems from somewhere deep in my genes, I think. It courses through the very blood in my veins and is about much more than just riding.
After much begging, my mother finally allowed me to start riding when I was about six years old. I have not turned back since. I started out for a couple of years showing Saddlebreds with my sister, the same way my mother and grandmother learned to ride. I only got 30 minutes a week, but I lived for that half hour. Since then I have done everything from trail riding and ranch work to jumping and dressage to barrels and poles to polo. So long as it is horses.
My family bought a farm in 1998. This is were we keep our horses and where I spend most of my weekends. Where I get close to the Lord. It was important for my parents to raise us as they were; spending as much time out in the country as possible. This has become a large part of who I am. What I love about working with horses is that each and every one I have worked with has taught me something, not only just about horses, but more importantly about myself. Collectively, they have taught me what it means to be a true horsewoman and a better human being.
When I went off to college, I was not able to bring a horse with me. Enter Cheetah. She was the best life decision I ever made. I can and do everything on her. She is my go to.
When I moved back home with my mare, I bred her to a PRE (Pura Raza Espanola/Pure Spanish Horse/Andalusian). The perfect thing to do while in grad school! My father would still beg to differ with me on that one even though he loves the booger of a horse that came out of the deal. She foaled in 2013 and gave me the best dun colt a gal could ask for. The second best life decision I ever made. His name is Manolito, I call him Lito.
These days I am just trying to figure out how to have my career and have time to do what I love. It has it’s challenges that I am sure many of you can relate to.