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