Julie: A love for horses led me to my job. I grew up with backyard trail horses but longed for English lessons and to compete at hunter/jumper shows. After of plenty of begging my parents caved and let me take lessons at a local hunter/jumper barn, and the rest is history!
Interviewer: How did you wind up basing your business in Kansas City?
Julie: I have a Bachelor of Science from William Woods University. Right after college I accepted a position working at a barn in Kansas City. 2 years after that I opened my own business.
Interviewer: What is it like being a professional horse trainer? Walk us through your typical day.
Julie: Being a professional trainer means long days! If you're not afraid of hard work its the best job in the world! My day typically begins by riding 6-8 horses that are in training with me. I spend all morning into the afternoon doing that. Around 2:00 I break for a brief lunch, and then start teaching lessons and continue teaching all throughout the evening, usually finishing around 8:00 p.m. After that is night check: we check all the horses and clean up the barn. We usually leave around 8:45 pm and do it all again the next day! I typically work at the barn 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. When we are at A shows it is usually 12-15 hour days seven days a week.
Interviewer: LIst some attributes that would make a good rider a great rider
Julie: desire, athleticism, intense work ethic, resiliency, compassion for the horse
Interviewer: What's your favorite part of your job? your least favorite?
Julie: favorite- the horses!!!! least favorite- papework!!