I'm Gabriela, I've been riding for 10 years. I had a late start to the horse world at age 13 but I've wanted to be a part of it ever since I was born. Even though I wasn't fortunate enough to be born into a 'horsie-family' my grandmother did grow up on a huge horse and cattle ranch.
I was born in Florida but grew up moving around a lot!
I'm in my early 20's now and married! Me and my husband Matthew live in Houston Texas with my family. Matthew grew up in Rhode Island and works as a Personal Trainer. We are both very committed to working out and eating right. Which is difficult when your lactose, wheat, and soy intolerant like me haha.
I started riding in Vicksburg Mississippi at Rainbow Farms under Leigh Ann Nosser. She has shown in english riding up and down the east coast in her youth. Now she does Palomino Horse World Championship Shows in Oklahoma. I took lessons with her for about a year and a half before moving to Virginia.
When I was 16/17 years old I started working in exchange for lessons from Diane Pagano in Crimora Virginia. Diane is a very successful Hunter/Jumper/Equitation trainer that moved from New England to Virginia where she coached half of a college team. I stayed with her as a working student for a year before moving to Houston Texas.
When I was 14 and still in Mississippi taking lessons from Leigh Ann Nossser I was lucky enough to have my parents buy me two horses. The first was a Half-Arab gelding named Win. He was actually one of the lesson horses. I had tried out a huge Quarter Horse mare named Twister which at the time I didn't feel was a good fit for me but my parents liked her and purchased her anyways. I owned them both for 7 - 8 years.
I mainly rode Win for the first 3 1/2 years. He taught me to 'buck up or get bucked off!'. He was quirky for sure but I loved him. Twister on the other hand was the sweetest thing in the world.
I actually managed them on my own for a few years while I had them both on a few acres with a small barn on it that we rented which was a great learning experience!
I mainly rode Twister for the last 3.5 - 4 years. She came off lazy and sassy at first but once you got to know her she was bold and firey!
I eventually came to love that mare more than anything!
After getting married on December 7th of 2013 and moving to Houston Texas in October of 2014 I sold Win to a barnmate in Houston and Matthew (who also came to love Twist more than I thought he would) and I had plans to Show our beloved mare and then breed her to a Holsteiner stud named Riverman. Sadly she passed away from colic on January 30th of 2015 before we could.
For the year since my mare passed away I had been riding a rescue pony and bringing him along. He was just recently adopted and now will be an emotional therapy pony :)
After that I started working with a huge 1/4 Percheron 3/4 Quarter Horse mare. She had quite the attitude but came along very nicely in just a few months. She was sold to be a Mounted Patrol horse.
My goals are to never stop improving my riding, to have my own horse again, maybe to show, possibly become a trainer/instructor, and ultimately have my own farm. Till then these are the chronicles of my equestrian inspired life.