Hi! I’m Jaime
Unlike many great horsemen and women, I didn’t grow up around horses my entire life. In fact my deep dive into equine passion came as an adult when I moved to a rural community in the Virginia Mountains in 2007.
After leasing then owning my first horse I became passionate to go deeper, and inspired by the non-violent example of Monty Roberts I decided to start my next horse myself: Ireland’s Khaleesi. K was born in a local field to a semi-feral herd of horses and was unhandled when I took her on at age 4; I wanted to learn what goes into making a real equine partner. For better and worse, mistakes and successes I came to love the process.
Khaleesi and I are in a journey to the single-day 100 mile endurance ride. Currently a proven “50 mile horse,” in September 2022 we attempted the Big South Fork 100 and made it 88 miles before we voluntarily opted not to continue because we did not have enough time to complete the final loop. Closer than ever to the goal, together K and I continue to dive into anything that will broaden our experiences and teach us how to learn together: liberty work, dressage, working equitation, jumping, chasing cows, and of course trail riding are all things we have explored.
Meanwhile I wanted to learn as much as I could about the language of horses so I adopted a “native speaker” as my teacher and Wyoming the Mustang Mare has been an adventure into horsemanship (to put it mildly!) and learning about myself. She was wild until at least age 2 and had a rough induction into the human world. She has come with challenges that continue to teach me great patience.
The newest member of the herd is lovely Hope the rescue quarter horse mare. She came with some deep health and mental concerns and we are still gently and patiently uncovering those and welcoming her into a life where she matters more than what she can provide.
Hope horsemanship exists to encourage others to explore a deeper level of communication, connection and relationship with their horses. I hope more friends will join me in the journey believing the same thing I did those years ago when I thought to myself: There has got to be more….
Indeed… there is so much more!
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