were living in Atlanta at the time and the cost of owning and boarding my own horse was too much for us. So I would ride all of the lesson horses that my trainer had.  

A few years later, I found a passion for the sport of swimming and started competing.  I swam all through high school and even got a partial scholarship to swim at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.  Shortly after graduating from Drury, I fell in love and moved to the lake.  After about a year of living here, I started to think about my former love of horses and riding.  I was starting to research horse barns near me when someone from my work mentioned the Rescue.  It was the first time I had ever heard of it, but I jumped at the opportunity and called Connie to see how I could help.  

 

I started volunteering every weekend that I could, and I fell in love with everything they do at the Rescue.  I was also interested in sponsoring a horse, hoping that one day I could live my dream of owning my own horse.  It was then that I met Bambi.  She was about 18 months old and had come in a while earlier with a large group of Saddlebreds.  I started to notice that she would follow me around the pasture.  We just had a connection that I couldn't ignore, and she became my very first horse.  

 

Bambi is a "teenager", as I like to call her, and she can be quite the rascal.  She is also very smart and has taught herself to open the gate, if the chain is not completely latched. She knows where we keep the food!  She is my little girl and my first, so she holds a special place in my heart. 

Ellie came into the picture this year after someone surrendered her to the Rescue.  She is a beautiful, tall and very well trained Appendix Quarter Horse and Connie knew I would hit it off with her from the start.  I ride her as much as I can, which is usually once a week.  She is very smart, too and she is starting to get a little spoiled out in the pasture with her friends.  She is starting to get harder to catch when I want to go riding.  

 

I love that every horse has their own personality.  They all think and act so differently and it's so fun to see them interact with each other.  I'm so proud to say that I am part of something so incredible here.  I am very thankful that I found this place and that my horses found me.