I would say that I am not the typical equestrian. I was not born into the equestrian world like many others. I grew up in the city of Los Angeles where the closest horse barn was about an hour away in Burbank. Add L.A. traffic and make it 2 hours. My parents introduced me to many different types of sports, gymnastics, soccer, golf and tennis. But none of them never seemed to click. I decided to stay with soccer for a while and I enjoyed it for the time being. I was around 7 at the time and I remember visiting my friend at her house one day day. She began to tell me her true passion was horses. Her older sister rode at a barn half an hour from her house, so she invited me to go watch her lesson. I decided to go along with it. I never realized until now, but that single trip to watch my friend's sister ride changed me whole life. As I saw how a girl could have such an amazing connection with a horse, I realized that was I wanted to do. I went back home and got rid of all the Barbies and girly toys in my room and began to collect horse related toys. I am pretty sure my parents thought once or twice if I was okay, but I didn't really care.
By the time I turned 8, I was telling everyone at school that I was going to move out of the city, live on a ranch and buy a horse. Then my friends began to tell their parents and their parents began to call my parents. Now I was pretty sure my parents began to question their child's sanity. I kept at it for a year, until one day, my parents asked me if I really wanted to move. I had never been more serious in my life. That night, I dreamt of my house, a one story home, surrounded by lots of land, and a barn nearby. I could picture it so vividly. Well, I must have really convinced my parents about the whole riding thing because on February 5, 2010, we moved into our new house in a small town called Fallbrook, that was exactly like the one I dreamt about. A month later, when I turned 9, my mom and I began to look at potential riding barns for me to begin my equestrian journey.
So that is pretty much how I started out. I am now 17 years old, a Senior in High School, I ride my own horse at a great barn and compete. It is quite amazing how far I have come from being a 7 year old city girl with a dream and now 10 years later, living the dream.