In my earliest memories with encountering horses, I felt I had a strong connection to them.
My first experience was with a mare who lived behind the elementary school I attended. I would beg my parents to take me to see her every weekend and she always stood so quietly as I tried to reach up to pet her. I was fascinated with horses and wanted to learn more about them. As I got older, they were still on my mind. Every chance I could get, I would draw them, read about them and eventually began taking riding lessons.
My Appaloosa gelding, Dancer, was gifted to me by my “Grammy” after a visit to the barn where he followed me around the entire time. She recognized our special connection which has been cultivated throughout many years of learning together. I like to think I’m the one doing the teaching, but I admit that I’ve learned quite a lot from him as well. He’s incredibly smart, learns very quickly and loves to be where the action is. (His ornery streak can only be matched by his owner, who swears he didn’t learn it from her.) I’ve been lucky enough to train him from the time he was a foal until now, and we’re looking forward to continuing our dressage training this year.
The other hairy men in my life – my husband, Ryan and our Husky, Koda – seem to tolerate our recent move onto 10 acres in the country and my never-ending projects quite well. Ryan and I met at the University of Tulsa, where I graduated with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. I was wielding a hammer on the roof of a Habitat for Humanity house and he was instantly impressed. (ha!) He is also highly allergic to horses, but has still managed to become friends with a reluctant Dancer after many peppermints and hours of patience. Love must be unconditional!
See Horse Design started out as just a name for my freelance design company that I started during my senior year of college. I wanted to come up with a name that was creative and something that defined me as an artist and as a person. After years of freelance work in various venues and mediums, I have decided to focus on Equestrian Identity – something that I feel is incredibly important in this industry and something that has also fallen a bit behind in terms of innovation and creativity (though it’s getting much better!). My focus is to blend the traditional feel of the sport with a more modern take on marketing and identity. I specialize in logos and print design, but have experience in web design, corporate branding and marketing. I love experimenting with color, layout and thoroughly enjoy a good typeface!
Thank you for visiting this site. Feel free to leave a comment behind. I hope we can all have fun and perhaps learn a little bit together. May you all continue to have a fulfilling life with your horses and remember, as Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”