I am a single mother, a modest houndswoman, and a dedicated equestrian.

I was born and raised in a fishing village of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Without a doubt, a blessed youth in the Arctic wilderness with a unique freedom and exceptional experiences that profoundly shaped the woman I am today. I spent some time of my young adulthood, traveling throughout the United States and Mexico, mostly by the will of my thumb. In all its glory and disgrace, it was another experience that left many lasting impressions on me and greatly influenced my world view. I settled as an adult, in the dynamic state of Arizona, where I still live day by day.

I have always diligently filled my life with working dogs and working horses. In my youth, I was commonly found with waterfowl retrievers and sled dogs. I now find myself entirely bewitched by the challenging world of hunting dogs and I keep a steady pack of scenthounds chasing after lions and bobcats of the defiant southwest. We have traveled to hunt in several diverse parts of the country, but dry ground in the best ground (even if it is often excruciating and formidable). For years as a younger girl, I worked as a professional groom for a highly respected and internationally recognized dressage rider, trainer, and judge. In 2011, I was certified as an Equine Massage Therapist by Mary Schreiber of Equissage, a fully accredited program with the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2014, I began learning proper barefoot trimming as taught by James and Yvonne Welz of The Horse’s Hoof. In recent years, I have attended several equine chiropractic seminars with Dr. Bill Hampton of Equine Spine. Of course, there have also been many riders and trainers of inspiration and teaching, all along the way! Some of them are known to most and some of them are known to only the lucky…

And now I am the mother of an amazing little boy. His biological father left us long before he was ever born and though we briefly welcomed him back into our lives when Brett was only several months old, we were soon again abandoned without a warning or farewell. So, our world is entirely our own, the two of us, together. It is beautiful and wondrous most of the time, but there are also moments of heavy struggle and complicated sadness. Motherhood is shaping me, every day, as much as all other things before…

 

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