"Captivate Your Heart"
Congress 2007 Top 10 3yo Open Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle, Top 10 Junior Hunter Under Saddle, ridden by ME! One of the proudest moments in my life, and a dream realized.
I am originally from Lorain, Ohio. That's kinda near Cleveland. Northern Ohio means Lake Erie, summer beach cruising, and SNOW SNOW SNOW. I hate the cold. I think I was supposed to be born in Florida. Anything under 90 degrees is cold to me!
I am a musician, an Equestrian, and an Artist. Can you say RIGHT BRAIN? I don't think I even own a left brain. When my creative juices start flowing, watch out!
I can be single-minded when I am creating something new, and I also can be single-minded when I set a goal for myself. This is a good and bad quality, depending on how obsessive I am at the time!
One of my passions - Dog Agility! I have never had so much fun in my life!!! It's fun for both of us, and I love taking on a new sport and setting new goals.
Hiking Sentinel Dome in Yosemite (and attempting to conquer my fear of heights). Spectacular scenery!
My mom, my sisters, and me!
Music is a HUGE part of my life - both teaching and performing and also a little writing/arranging. I was a high school band director for 25 years, before I "retired" and went to work for a software company. I've played in a jazz group in Dayton since 1991.
I breed, raise, and show horses competitively. I also love showing my Weimaraners in conformation and agility.
I run a small artwork business where I do custom horse and dog portraits on wood.
Oh yeah, and I love to play with my techie devices, write webpage code, and figure out new technology. I am a true geek at heart.
My totally cool laptop. I am in love! Yes, I admit - I am a closet geek.
"Poet N Arokats Pretzels For Breakfast CGC"
July, 2013 - new AKC conformation champion! Exciting moment for me, I fell into the dog show thing kind of by accident and ended up loving it! Now Pretzel is a Bronze Grand Champion with several agility titles.
Me and some of my cool trumpet peeps. My music is a huge part of my life.
THINGS I LOVE
...the smell of Play-Doh
...Mowing the lawn
...Car Talk on NPR
...Pretzels for breakfast
Hiking Taft Point in Yosemite. yes, I have a big fear of heights, but usually try to force myself beyond my fear. I have never regretted it, this kind of scenery cannot be found from the low ground.
"GChB Ch Poet N Arokats Pretzels For Breakfast NA NAJ NF NAP NJP CGC"
...better knows as "Pretzel" - my Weimaraner and the joy of my life!
I got Pretzel in May of 2012 when he was 10 weeks old, and we have been inseparable ever since. He has truly changed my life in so many ways...I cannot even begin to explain!
2016 - Winning my second owner-Handled best in Show for 2016. What an amazing dream come true. Just goes to show that no huge dream is completely out of reach...just keep stretching for it!
THINGS I HATE
...Food mixed together
...most Apple products
Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park - truly not for the weak of heart!
Killing time before jazz rehearsal. Yes, my trumpet's name is Ralph. Don't insult his raw-brass ugliness, he is very sensitive about that. He is a Monette (for you trumpet geeks), I had him made for me in 1988 and he has been one of the best purchases I have ever made.
2013 Fort Wayne, Indiana AKC show. I am in my happy place...running alongside my best friend!
Me and my awesome parents. They are the BEST!!!!!
Sibling rivalry at Thanksgiving!
Another one of my passions - raising and training hunt seat horses...one at a time! I LOVE the breaking and training process. After having so many breeding and foaling disasters, I have learned to treasure every baby I work with.
A bunch of cool jazz trumpet players. Oh yeah, and me, also... (yes, that is Wayne Bergeron in the middle - what an amazing experience to have played behind him!)
Pat and I in 2009. We started e-mailing in 1997 and remained great friends.
"Pretzel" at Weimaraner Nationals Agility Trial in St. Louis, MO - 2015. We racked up a record number of faults in jumpers, but man did we have fun!
Three pals (me, Corky, and Pretzel) out for a summer ride. There is nothing better than a summer afternoon with my best 4-legged friends.
Karaoke in Florida with the band kids, I am singing my favorite song!