Competing with Paddy in New Zealand

Competing with Paddy in New Zealand

About me...

Where I'm from: Lake Oswego, Oregon and I've also lived in England and New Zealand. Now my husband and I spend most of our time in Seattle. 

Favorite equestrian discipline: I compete in jumpers now, but I used to compete in (and still love) dressage and eventing as well.

First attempt at writing about horses: When I was in 6th grade I wrote a fairly terrible 20 page racehorse story. My mom still has it.

Favorite moment with horses: The day I got my first horse when I was thirteen. His name was Billy and he was an off the track Thoroughbred and I'm pretty sure I was the only person that liked him (some people around the barn had another name for him: 'Billy the Butthead').

Favorite horse book: Seabiscuit.

Age 15, competing with Billy at an event in Washington. 

Age 15, competing with Billy at an event in Washington. 

Fave things to do: Riding and writing (of course!), traveling with my husband, reading good mysteries, spending time with friends and eating good food!

My sister and I with Sinbad

My sister and I with Sinbad

First horse I rode: Besides pony rides, my first ride was on my grandfather's 20 year-old quarter horse Sinbad. Previous pets that roamed around my grandfather’s farm before I was around included lions, tigers, and elephants (I’m not kidding!)

First lesson: I started taking Western lessons at the age of 8. I wore a sweater with two giant horse heads on it and fringe (the horse’s mane) down the sleeves to pretty much every lesson. Yikes!

My first lesson. Even the horse looks scared of my outfit!

My first lesson. Even the horse looks scared of my outfit!

First horse show: I rode my instructor's horse Pinstripe in a dressage schooling show when I was ten. He was an off the track Thoroughbred, and was one of the reasons I fell in love with riding.

At my first horse show with Pinstripe

At my first horse show with Pinstripe

Favorite foods: All of my friends think that I have a chocolate chip cookie addiction (this may be true).

School and work: I went to undergrad at Pepperdine University, and got my MBA from Oxford University. I worked in finance for several years and now I freelance in the online marketing/SEO industry.

Charity work: I've been heavily involved with and on the advisory board of Girls Inc. of San Diego for a number of years. The charity is a local chapter of Girls Inc., a large national non-profit supported by people like Michelle Obama and Warren Buffet that helps over 125,000 girls a year become strong, smart, and bold. Learn more about Girls Inc. of San Diego here >

And don't forget to check out my blog if you love horses! Horse Addict blog >>