In June I took the time to really evaluate what I wanted out of life and what was important to me. Horses were always number one. My parents always said I thought to much about the future and didn’t enjoy what was in front of me. Honestly I have to agree with them. As many of you can attest to, we as riders, grooms, trainers, get in this constant day to day routine. Wake up and feed our lovely creatures, ride them, groom them, feed them again and the routine goes on and on. There are the constant ups and downs as with any sport, winning big competitions, that riding lesson or jump school when everything seems to come together and those all make what we do every day worth it. For me that routine was becoming so “routine” I found I wasn’t able to focus on my riding the way I had in the past. I had bigger issues to deal with that were really holding me back from being able to put 100% into what I was doing. That was when I made the tough decision to take a break from riding professionally. Murphy had pretty much hit a plateau in his training and I made the decision to lease him to a young girl to teach at the training and preliminary levels. It has been great to see him with someone else and watch their partnership grow.
So in August I got a fantastic job offer up in DC working for a software company called Vocus as a sales executive. It was a great way for me to enter “corporate” world. My major was finance and marketing in college and my sales experience in the horse world allowed me to do quite well and I actually recently just left the company because I received a fantastic opportunity for a outside sales position at a company called PayChex. I am really excited to start this new part of my life and this will allow me the financial aspect and flexibility to start riding and competing again. I plan on taking a full 6 month to really take a “mental” break from the horses. I am working on planning a trip to Europe next spring to find me a nice young horse to start bringing along and have also thought about taking this time to spend some time doing the jumpers. Show jumping has always been my biggest weakness and I feel like this is a perfect time to start to pick some of those issues apart and jump some bigger jumps. I excited for this next chapter in my life and want to thank everyone for their constant support.