I started riding when I was 10, my major accomplishments include:
- Not falling off when everyone thought I would, this has happened too many times to count.
- Winning ribbons at shows
- Not winning ribbons at shows
- Falling off in epic ways
- How to groom a horse,
- I have managed to jump 4’6″
- I have competed in the 3’9″ jumpers but not very successfully
- Training level Eventing
- C-3 in Pony club
- A strong desire to not clean tack or my horse
I got my mechanical engineering degree in 2006. Since then I have:
- Spent over 1 year working offshore throughout my career
- Learned to stay awake for 40 hours
- Made numerous colorful friends
- Designed things out of steel
- Seen a crane capable of picking up 4000 tons
- Gotten yelled at by old guys
- Got a hot pink hard hat
- Survived underwater helicopter escape training
- Had a dude sniff my steel toe boot
- Spent an alarming amount of time sitting behind a computer writing reports.
If I am being honest about my riding career, “I stay on good”. I have been described as “She rides like a tick.” In other words, I don’t fall off much, and usually when I am doing something stupid, like trying to pony the donkey off the crazy jumper mare bareback in halters. I am super amateur, I can be really great one round and miss at every fence in the next. I have little fear of jumping and am slightly “stupid” brave over fences. Don’t get me started on dressage, I am still seeing a therapist about that, although Lily is bringing me along nicely. I do Jumpers with my “dragon mare” Emma and Eventing with my lovely mare Lily.
As far as my career goes, I have worked in extremely high danger situations, this is why I harp on safety, well nag really. My first full week working out of school I got sent for 5 days worth of training. The first thing they told us, “safety rules are written in other people’s blood.” I have seen what happens when someone says “It’s fine, nothing will happen.” Things do happen and in this industry they are usually tragic. Although my days of offshore travel have lightened in the last few years, my safety ethic is still vigilant. And yes, I can get out of a helicopter simulator underwater upside down, (actually I have taken the class 4 times now…)