Born and raised in rural northeastern Ohio, I had a pony or horse around throughout those years. When I moved to Utah and attended the University of Utah undergraduate and graduate programs, I was pretty much "horseless" until I met Scott and his American Saddlebreds. Over the years we bred and raised Saddlebreds but as we became increasingly involved in trail riding and especially Back Country Horsemen I had a Quarab and then a mustang-quarter mix and found them to be more suited to my sometimes overly-nervous riding.
Scott had spoken for years about Walt Christensen's wonderful Morgans, which to me seemed more like short Saddlebreds. Scott got his Morgan-Thoroughbred gelding about 11 years ago and I fell in love with his brains and personality! He's the smartest horse I'd ever been around, which made me really start to appreciate Morgans outside the show ring. I have had my Morgan-TWH mare for 6 years, and although she lacks Jake's brainpower, she is a very loving companion.
Last year we purchased Hangin' Rough and Ready, a weanling buckskin colt from Moonridge and are having an adventure in turning him into Scott's "retirement trail horse." When he's ponying along with us he really gets the comments on the trail!
I am also involved as our Back Country Horsemen of Utah chapter's service coordinator, pleasure horse committee chair of the American Saddlebred Association of Utah, and on the Dimple Dell Advisory Board, working to keep this wonderful 640-acre urban natural park accessible to equestrians and other non-motorized users. I taught marketing classes as an adjunct instructor at Westminster College for 33 years, currently work for an independent insurance agent and have a summer job at Sandy City's Sego Lily Gardens.
Most importantly I hope to positively contribute to the appreciation of the versatile, intelligent, people-friendly Morgan horse through RMMHC.