This has been a year of change. I sold my business after 22 years, divorced my husband after 31 years, then I found my horse of a lifetime.
Meet the new man in my life, Quaterjack. He is a 10 year old, 17 hand, chestnut, Brandenburg gelding that I imported from Germany in July. Yeah, I don’t really know anything about Brandenburgs either but, if they are all like him, you should get one! I call him my “Okey-Dokey” boy. He never says no, and that’s a good thing because he is huge. He is also kind and willing, surefooted and confidence building, while having freakishly awesome gaits!
I wouldn’t have this horse without the support of the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe, Kai Handt. Kai found the perfect horse for me in Germany and I will be forever grateful. Forever grateful.
Without Melanie Mitchell, my trainer, I’d never be able to ride this horse! Each lesson is a revelation. Her ability to think outside of the box to train both Quaterjack (Snickers to his barn buddies) and me is amazing. I am a better rider but also a stronger person because of her. I will be forever grateful that she took me on as a client, then as a friend. Forever grateful.