Hey there! My name is Sam, I’m an adult amateur navigating the equestrian world as a first-time horse owner. There’s a whole story about how I got my mare, Fiona, but it’s a long one. So if you want to read one of the most heartwarming, tear-jerker stories check out my blog post ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ to find out why she is so special to me.
When I was little I loved horses, anything and everything that had to do with horses. I was “that horse girl” in school and as it turns out, I still am “that horse girl”. Despite my love for these animals, I didn’t grow up on the show circuit, I never went through the jods and bows phase, I didn’t even actually start riding lessons until I was 9 or 10.
Prior to starting lessons, I was the little girl who attended pony camp for 1 week every summer and that was it. That was my horse fill for an entire year – aside from the occasional trail rides my mom would so graciously take me on when we vacationed. I lived for every minute I could be around horses and every minute I was in the saddle was permanently etched in my mind.
After a hefty amount of begging and negotiating with my parents, I started riding in a lesson program. Not only did I take lessons but I also became a token barn rat. I didn’t care what barn chores I had to do, if it meant being around the horses you could count me in.
Fast forward to my college years, this is when riding became more “real” for me. I leased my first horse, I began showing in the hunter/jumper world, I learned even more about horsemanship, I made friends of a lifetime and became a part of the most incredible barn family.
Now, I’m working a full-time job, trying my best to maintain a social life – outside of the barn that is, spending time with my family, friends and 2 dogs (Maverick & Penny) all while navigating the amateur life as a first-time horse owner. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.