I fell in love with the Trakehner breed the moment I sat on my first Trakehner. He was the half sibling to Julie, my trakehner mare. He was my gateway drug. I rode him once. The next day I rode Julie and I was hooked.

I'm a stubborn person and I guess that is why I love the breed.

The problem is that it takes me a while to figure things out. What on earth am I talking about?

Well, I have a degree in communications and minors in both writing and equestrian studies. One would think the obvious reason why I have that combination is that I was planning on starting a career as a professional equestrian writer. That wasn't obvious to me. No, I went the traditional route. I got a job as a riding instructor and trainer because I felt that no one would want me to write for them. I believed I wasn't a strong enough writer. In fact, I refused to believe that I should offer my opinion to the horse world. One could delve into the sports psychology as to why I believed that. 

The truth is. I didn't want to put two and two together. I was stupid. Oblivious. Blind. I could continue to berate myself or I can stop.

I choose to stop the negative self feedback and I choose to start taking the opportunities available to me. I own two of the most amazing horses that are from most amazing horse breed. I have a background that is perfect for a writing career in the horse world and I'm going to write about them and my journey to discovering my place in the horse industry.

Cherry Hill didn't become well known over night. Neither did Lauren Brooke. Both are well known equestrian writers and they took their two passions and created the opportunity to be successful.

One of the biggest problems in the equestrian community is that we don't foster a positive environment. We are quick to back bite and put people down.  The effects of that type of environment isn't always obvious but as I look back on my equine experiences I realize that negativity created a barricade between my dreams and reality. Today, I choose to break down that barricade and make something new.

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on June 12, 2014 at 3:00pm

Good for you!

I've run into plenty of negativity too.  I just ended up shrugging it off and going my own way.  Since I do not show I am free to do whatever works best for me and the horses I ride.   

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