Amy’s passion for horses started at a young age. At the age of 5, her sister took riding lessons at a local barn by the name of October Stables. She can remember watching her and desperately wanting to ride then but was told she was too young at that time. Her parents were incredibly supportive of her passion and soon moved to a farm in Casstown, Ohio, and her passion and riding abilities flourished! Her parents bought Amy and her sisters a paint mare by the name of Amigos Tar Baby. Tar Baby was the horse that taught her how to ride — she did it all and they couldn’t have asked for a better teacher.
When she was old enough and confident enough, her parents bought Amy her first horse of her very own — an Arabian mare by the name of Noodles. “I can remember the day like it was yesterday when we went to look at Noodles. I couldn’t wait to have my own horse. Little did I know, this would be the horse that would teach me how to stay on anything. I remember the first time riding her. I rode her bareback, and I was going to go fast… Or so I attempted bareback. Needless to say I met the hard ground that day. I was bound and determined to bond and build a relationship with this horse!! Of course this meant putting a saddle on her the next time I rode her. When Noodles and I finally built that relationship it was amazing. Noodle became my 4-H horse. We could go from a contesting ring right to a Pleasure Class then into a Jumping class. She did it all. She is now my children’s horse. Which is one of the most incredible things to happen. From growing up with a horse you called your own to sharing that same horse with your children.”
Amy decided to pursue a career in the Equine Industry and went to college at The University Of Findlay, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Equine Business Management and an Associates in Equine Sciences with the influence of English Riding. After college, Amy moved to Ocala, Florida and accepted her first job working for Ocala Equine Sales. This job entailed moving the young horses for sale and the ones that had been sold. Amy quickly learned how to handle horses that had minimal hands on training and attention, and that no one wanted to deal with. She was the first one to volunteer to handle it. Following this position, Amy worked managing a Thoroughbred Breeding/Racing Farm by the name of English Range Farm where she managed up to twenty head of horses at one time. It ranged from pregnant mares to getting the young horses ready for sale.
Amy moved back to Ohio in 2009. Amy helps start all the new horses in the program, giving them their first rides under saddle. “Growing up I did not ride many gaited horses. I find the Standardbred breed to be not standard at all. It amazes me how many of these horses that come through the program are fine with me slapping a saddle on their back for the first time and they act as if they have been doing it their whole life.”