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I was a true barn rat as a kid. No one in my family (immediate or otherwise) had any interest in horses, not one bit. My passion must have been inherited from my Irish ancestors, lost for just a couple of generations. So, at 11, I hunted horses down, did almost whatever anyone asked me to do for the pleasure of riding their horse. Looking back... at some barns, I was slave labor but I did get to ride!
I went to watch the Essex Horse Trials sometime in the mid 80's. Everything about it captivated me... the roads and tracks, the vet box, the XC course, the sweaty, elated competitors and their amazing horses. Now, that was a sport that I wanted to be involved in... elegant dressage, wild and free XC and powerful show jumping. So the dream began.
A million years later, at age 44, I just happened to return to riding and the barn was primarily an eventing barn. Dreams do come true....
Eventing, for me, is my football. I follow the Upper Levels like the most passionate football fan. I am lucky to keep my horse at a barn where the owner does the same. If we had the equivalent of baseball cards for the horse/rider pairs, I am sure that the two of us would collect and trade them.
I also follow my friends... those that compete here in Area 1 and my growing number of Eventing Buddies on Facebook. We cheer for each other ... Live Scoring rocks!
Who am I? My outerwear is a 50 year-old Insurance Consultant covering the heart of a 16 year old horse crazed girl. (Luckily for me, I have the income of a 50 year old 'cause horses are not cheap.) Giving back to this sport I love is important, I volunteer as often as I can and I make small donations to the Young Riders, USEA Foundation, Area 1 and to some Horse Trials. In order for Eventing to continue, we must do what we can to support its future.
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