My roots were planted on the shores of Lake Superior, but my branches have spread far. Currently, I am on sabbatical from my job as a full-time student. I am a Junior studying Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis at the University of Minnesota. I now call Dillsburg, Pennsylvania home. In the past, my pony adventures have brought Kelso and I to live at The Horse First Farm in Wisconsin and to the Parelli Campus in Colorado.

Kelso, the Wonder Pony, has taught me what love looks like in the eyes of a horse and everything else. He is the Wonder Pony, in part, due to the fact I have no idea what breed he is; the other part, because he is truly Wonder-full. I owe everything I have learned to him, and if I ever look like I know what I am doing, it is thanks to that little guy. Thank you to The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue for rescuing him and pairing us! I must also thank Parelli Natural Horsemanship for allowing me to cultivate the incredible relationship I have with the WP, and for teaching me the importance of play and communication-and not just with horses.

Kelso and I have ridden on the shores of the Greatest Lake, gone jumping, galloped across many fields, ridden in the mountains, chased some cows and learned what it’s like to be best friends. I have had him for 33% of my life, but he is 100% of my heart and soul. We have tested the waters of a dressage arena, but after lots of dreaming and little planning, we have decided to jump headfirst into classical dressage training at the Pennsylvania Riding Academy with Paul Belasik and Andrea Velas.

At the end of the day, this blog is about a girl and her pony whose favorite things are laughing and learning. (Oh, and peppermint treats!) We wear pink stirrups to remind us to never take anything too seriously and to always remember the little girl who had a big dream.