1) How old were you when you started? Very young, too young to have memory of it. I grew up in a horse family, my mom is a retired trainer.
2) How long have you been riding? 30+ years
3) How long before your first show? Leadline when I was teeny tiny, on my own I showed my first small fry season at 6.
4) How long before you started leasing/owning? Horses came before me. The first one I paid for myself, I was just shy of 15. Raised and owned dozens since.
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