The Mane Braid
I am a University of Kentucky graduate currently living in north central Florida. I grew up riding and showing horses in Central and Northeastern Ohio spending much of my young life traveling to horse shows and lessons throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. As a junior I competed in the hunters at rated shows, but I also was an active 4-H member and was State Champion at 16 in the Sr. age group for the Working Hunter Division–(which is comparable to the Junior hunters at open shows). At 17, I started to compete in the jumper divisions at smaller rated shows in the Children’s/Adult jumpers. Currently, I own an off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding that I was re-schooling as a hunter prospect, but he has become such a part of the family and he thinks he’s a dog. He’s the biggest clown I’ve ever owned and I plan on keeping him for the remainder of his years. However, someday I hope to find a “project” and return to the show ring. For now, braiding has been a great way to keep me connected to the horse show world.
Veterinary Technician is my official “day job.” I work full-time as an equine veterinary technician and I braid manes and tails for horse show barns on the weekends and manage to do a few on weeknights when I have to work. I am also available to give grooming and basic veterinary/first-aid care clinics to 4-H groups and lesson barns.
While I was in Kentucky, I worked for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and I even worked for a short time in the Legal department–Rules Compliance at USAEquestrian (now USEF). If you are interested, my full profile and resume is available on LinkedIn.
Even though I spend many of my weekends traveling throughout Florida braiding for several local and rated shows, I enjoy kayaking, fishing, gardening, reading, jewelry designing, and lampworking beads (making beads out of glass using a torch). I am also starting to get involved in a little bit of silver-smithing. I always like to stay busy! My house is always a zoo with my five (yes five) cats and my big yellow Labrador Retriever running around. My husband works for Dynasplint (in veterinary device sales), but he helps out with the body clipping and occasionally helps at the shows.