NRHA Carded Judge
CHA Certifed Instructor
Associates Degree in Equine Management from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado
Bachelors Degree in Equine Science with a minor in AG business from Colorado State University
As a mother, wife and professional I have learned a lot about balance over the last 10+ years of my life. Its a day to day struggle to find enough time in each day for all you hold dear. I never got into this business to get rich and famous, it has just always been something I truly loved and had a deep a passion for. I was never royally bred into the reining industry. I have had to scratch and claw my way to where I am now. My first job in the industry chewed me up and spit me out. I went into it with the goal of being the first woman to ever win the NRHA Futurity. That quickly faded and 18 months later when I cam crawling back to Colorado I thought I would never even set foot in the show pen.
Over time I picked myself back up and kept going. I often reflect on my time back then with regrets but then tell myself everything happens for a reason……I was meant to walk the path I walked. When I look at all I’ve learned over the course of the last 20+ years, the journey that this passion for reining horses has taken me on is quite impressive. The most important lessons Ive learned come back to the core of why Im still here.
1. I do this for the horse. The horse is what made my dream a reality and I owe it to them to always look out for their best interest.
2. Family is first. When I say this, I don’t just mean my family, as I consider my barn crew family as well. People come first. Everyone who comes into my barn has some sort of goal or dream to pursue. My job as the professional is to assess that dream and tell you honestly whether or not I can accommodate it.
My husband, girls and I do this together as a family. Our goal is to instill morals, work ethic and good sportsmanship in our kids as we try to show by example.
Honesty and integrity are my first priority in all my dealings, whether it be with my customers, the RMRHA Board of Directors, NRHA judges job or a close friend. At the end of the day, I want to look at all I have done through out the day and know I did my best and honored every commitment I had that day. In order for me to continue to do this and give every training horse and rider my best, I have to keep my operation small. Personal attention and quality over quantity.
3. Last but not least is success in the show pen. This sport is very challenging, expensive and takes a lot of hard work. In the end when you put that much into something you should get results and have fun doing it.