My name is Kathy and I am the owner of 2 beautiful pinto mare horses. Bailey was my first horse ever to own, and I bought her as a 10 year old in 2010. Cheyenne I bought in 2014 at the age of 12. I also share with my husband of 30 years a remarkable golden retriever named Riley who is 13 years old, and a big fan of the horses. And of course cats, we have two currently, Pea Brain and Snuggy. Dave and I have two adult children.
I grew up in Buffalo, NY and first took western lessons at Amherst Stables. Mr. Ripley was the owner. I wanted to be around the horses as much as possible, and without the money to own my own, I worked every chance I could for Mr. Ripley. First at the age of 10, I went with the ponies to birthday parties and walked ponies around with the kids on their backs. Then when I became 12, I was able to take riders out on trail rides, my real passion. Back then I got paid 50 cents a rider. That was fantastic! I got to ride for free, and get paid 50 cents a rider, and I did this all day all summer. Pretty good money when sometimes the trail group was 10 people per hour.
The first break from horses was when I went to college. I didn’t ride then. After college I moved to Syracuse to be with Dave. A woman was riding her horse down the street and I ran out and stopped her and asked her where she kept her horse. She asked if I wanted to lease her horse and I did. That got me back into riding for a few years, and even got Dave riding another horse at the barn.
Dave and I got married in 1985 and then looked for a house to start a family. We found the perfect house complete with a beat barn, but I had a vision that someday I would get a horse for that barn. It took 21 years, but it happened. I bought my first horse, and the rest is history. I will say there have been very hard and challenging times that I will share with you, but if you have the deep love like I do for horses, then it has all been worth it. Life is great!