2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 113
What's one thing you do to keep your horses
happy during a busy circuit?
I make sure all the horses go out for at least an
hour a day in turnout, if possible. I think it's great
for their minds to get out, walk around, and be horses
for a little while.
What's one thing you never leave the barn
What's in your backpack?
I have spare boots, spare bits and any bit
attachments, a hole punch, and anything that
could possibly break that can fit in a backpack. It's my
emergency pack, and it weighs a lot; 20 pounds or so.
Do you have any superstitions?
No superstitions, per se, but I never cut a mane or
tail right before showing!
You've had an illustrious career. What's one
moment that stands out to you the most?
For sure the first time we made the Olympic team.
That was a big deal, and then to actually go to the
Olympics was huge.
Who's been your favorite horse to work with?
Everyone always asks this, but there's been so many
of them, and they're all so different. I think they're all
quirky; all the good ones are. It's very hard to pick one.
They're like people, they're very special, and you develop
a bond with every one of them.
What's one thing you would tell young
professionals in the industry?
If you want to groom, you really have to do it for the
love of the horses.
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL