How did you end up being a horse girl, where did you start?
– I was a kid that loved to try everything. There was this movie, about barrel racing, so western riding, and I thought that looked really cool. So i tried it. Then I saw someone jumping, so I switched to english jumping, pretty shortly after starting western, I was like no no, I wanna jump stuff. That looks way cooler.
I eventually moved to a bigger show barn that had a youth program, the head trainer at that barn saw one of my lessons and was like, oh I want to pull her to show at the top barn. Then I showed with her for about three years. In childrens hunters and pony jumpers. I was definitely a horse girl, my parents would drop me off at the barn at 8:am in the morning with a cooler with snacks and come and pick me up at 5:pm.
How did you figure out the financial part of being an equestrian?
– My trainer kind of paid for me, I was never able to afford my own horse, I came from a relatively middle class family. Not that we had a hard time by any means. But the horse stuff is way more expensive than normal things.
I needed to quit riding because my parents were out of money.This was my freshman year of highschool, I was devastated. Then I went off to college, for engineering. I found out they had a riding club, so I did jumping for three years in college. But when I graduated I had to quit again because I couldn’t afford it.
What made you find your way back to horses?
– Then I went to Darthmuth for medical school. And eventually to Stanford for residency. Where I met my current finance Natalia. I’ve always talked to her about horseback riding like “oh i have to get back to it someday”, and she asked “why not now? I always thought that I had to wait until I’ve finished training and I’m a rich attending, and have all the money and then I can do it. But she convinced me to do it now.
I was really lucky to find this awesome trainer who was willing to cut some costs for me. I wanted to do the higher jumpers, so I needed to get my own horse. We went on a search for this diamond in the rough kind of horse. Still working three jobs essentially, I was still on a tight budget. We found No Pablo No in september 2020. She’s this awesome mare that I love, very spicy if you know what I mean. I wouldn’t change anything. I’m so grateful for my partner, my trainer, for everyone. So many stars aligned to make this happen and I feel really fortunate, even though I’m in a ton of debt right now.