I started my equine journey the summer before 5th grade. What started out as me being drug to the the barn quickly turned into something greater. Over the past 7 years I have become infatuated with all things horses. I am currently completing my 14hand Welsh pony, Penelope, novice eventing and in the 3′ jumpers. I am a certified C-2 H-B from the United States Pony Club and am a varsity equestrian with the United States Equestrian Federation. Come experience my riding journey with me.
Penelope and My Story
On July 30th, 2016, my mom and I flew across the country to look at a pony. She was a little black 5 year old Welsh with the world’s sweetest eyes. I met her owner, rode her once, and fell in love with everything about her. She has so much spunk, loves to cuddle, and always aims to please. After lunch with my mom to discuss Miss P and a vet check, my mom and I signed the papers, shook hands with her breeder, and flew home knowing we had just bought our first horse. I swear my smile did not leave my face for months.
About 3 weeks later, in late August, Penelope arrived in Colorado and we began our work. She needed to adjust to the altitude but I really wanted to see what we could accomplish before the season ended. We worked on building a relationship more than anything. We took things slowly and I gave her as much time as she needed.
A few weeks later, we entered the Spring Gulch Combined Test in the Elementary division and took home 5th place out of 19 competitors. We worked through the winter on developing connection and gaining confidence. We spent the summer of 2017 at Beginner Novice and in the 2’6″ – 2’9″ jumpers and ended the year with a 4th place finish at the Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials.
2018 was our best year yet! We ran out first novice, competed in the 3′ jumpers, placed 10th at the American Eventing Championships, and were the Colorado Western Hunter Jumper Association Overall 3′ Jumpers and Overall Children’s 2’9″ Jumpers.