My western journey began in 2015 when I visited the White Stallion ranch in Tucson, Arizona. I had always ridden English and had horses on loan but when I first sat on an American Quarter Horse in a western saddle, that was it, I was sold! On my return to the UK I decided I wanted to buy my very own AQH and after putting a post out on Facebook went to look at a gorgeous buckskin named Tuffy who was for sale only a 45 minute drive away.
Unfortunately, not long after that Covid struck so we couldn't put on many events but we were determined to try and keep member's spirits high so I introduced the lockdown challenge, which quite a few members took part in and it really gave everyone a reason to keep riding and training their horses even though there were no clinics or shows to go to.
Once the lockdowns had finally lifted it was full steam ahead and Jo and I planned lots of events for the coming year. It's great working with Jo as we are on the same wavelength and are both very dedicated and passionate about all things western and horses so we make a pretty good team. We also have fantastic supportive members in area 8 who's enthusiasm really motivates us and makes us happy to fulfill the role.
I have made a lot of good friends through WES and love being able to share my passion with like minded folk. I decided to take on the Health and Safety officer role after attending a first aid course for equestrian related injuries earlier this year as I understand the importance of trying to minimise the risk of accidents occurring in what is already a risky enough sport.
Anyway, that is a bit of my background. I now have a mare (a wannabe paint horse) who I have converted to Western from English and she has taken to it well, as most horses do! I am fully committed to my roles within the society and if any members have any suggestions or concerns regarding health and safety or would like me to try and organise a specific event within area 8 I am more than happy to help so please don't hesitate to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy trails!