I started riding horse when I was 17 at a riding facility near Hayward Wisconsin. I worked there in the summer taking care of the horses and guiding customers on trail rides. I really fell in love with the Appaloosa breed at that facility. Those Appies all had their own unique personalities. I spent a number of years without my own horse, but rode with friends whenever I had the chance. In early 2000 my boyfriend and I finally lived in a location where I could have a horse and I purchased an older sorrel gelding named Bubba. Bubba and I did some trail riding and we also spent a week in the Riding Student course taught by Jack Brainerd at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. After Bubba passed away, I purchased my Paint – Jingos. Jingos was an excellent trail horse but is retired now. He lives at our home due to an unrepairable broken bone in his knee from a pasture injury. I keep him comfortable, and he enjoys playing “tug-o-war” with a stick in the pasture with my horse Bubba. About five years ago, I was lucky enough to find a perfect horse for me to continue to learn and develop my horsemanship goals. Image To Cut (barn name Bubba) is an AQHA sorrel gelding that has some show ring experience. Thanks to my riding coach, Janie Huot – ( Web & Facebook: Horses I’ve Known) I have been able to learn and grow in my riding skills and confidence. Bubba and I also love to trail ride. My goals with Bubba are to become a better rider. I have been a board member of Northern Lights for a couple years and last year I took on the role of NLVRHA Secretary as well as the role of Event Manager for the UW River Falls event for many years. I also have been the Event Coordinator for a majority of the NLVRHA events. Someone asked me the other day why I work so hard, and spend so much time (and the time of many of my family members) on all the volunteer duties that goes into helping to run the NLVRHA. With no hesitation, I answered that I do this for all the riders. It is very fun and rewarding for me to see each of the riders get better and better as they work through the challenges that come with NVRHA. And, I love to see people having fun!