The Mane Braid
I am a University of Kentucky graduate currently living in north central Florida. I grew
up riding and showing horses in Central and Northeastern Ohio spending much of my
young life traveling to horse shows and lessons throughout Ohio, Kentucky,
Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. As a junior I competed in the hunters at rated shows,
but I also was an active 4-H member and was State Champion at 16 in the Sr. age group
for the Working Hunter Division. At 17, I started to compete in the jumper divisions at
smaller rated shows in the Children's/Adult jumpers. Currently, I own an off-the-track
Thoroughbred gelding that I was re-schooling as a hunter prospect, but he has become
such a part of the family and he thinks he's a dog. He's the biggest clown I've ever
owned and I plan on keeping him for the remainder of his years. However, someday I
hope to find a "project" and return to the show ring. For now, braiding has been a
great way to keep me connected to the horse show world.
I have worked as a equine veterinary technician since 2000 and my experience
encompasses everything from critical care foals and horses to surgery technician to
anesthesia. Right now I plan on starting a new chapter in my life an will soon be
returning to school to further my education. Until then, I will be traveling throughout
the US braiding on the A Circuit.
While I was in Kentucky, I worked for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Hagyard
Equine Medical Institute and I even worked for a short time in the Legal
department--Rules Compliance at USAEquestrian (now USEF). If you are interested,
my full profile and resume is available on LinkedIn.
Even though I spend much of my time traveling across the country braiding, I enjoy
kayaking, fishing, gardening, reading, jewelry designing, and lampworking beads
(making beads out of glass using a torch). I am also starting to get involved in a little bit
of silver-smithing. I always like to stay busy! My house is always a zoo with my five (yes
five) cats and my big yellow Labrador Retriever running around. My husband is
currently the broodmare manager for Bridlewood Farm and we live less than 10 minutes
from the HITS Ocala Show Grounds.
Thank you for visiting my site and I hope to hear from you soon!