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Our Buckle Bunny Matti e Rickman

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. The Valley. I love it here. Most people would give me the side eye for saying that but when you have a Tom Petty song about your city and horses what’s not to love. I have three siblings two sisters and a brother and I have managed to get each of them on the back of a horse at some point.

Growing up in L.A. has played a large role in shaping my personality. And although I grew up in the “city”, I am a true cowgirl at heart. My father was in the film industry and that opened up some wonderful opportunities for me. I am immensely grateful to him for that. I enjoy going to events and dressing up but my true heart lies in putting on my breeches and boots early in the morning and heading to the barn while the sun is rising. To me, there nothing more beautiful than that and, of course, horses.

Currently my “day job” is an executive assistant for a company that helps prepare schools and businesses for emergencies, fires, earthquakes and natural disasters. I never saw myself working in an office but I do so that I can have my horses. They eat sleep and wear my paychecks and I couldn't be happier. The pride I take in being able to do that is tangible.

My barn family is everything to me. I am lucky enough to ride at D&D Stables at Hansom Dam. My trainer, Sandrine Seifert, and everyone who rides with me is so sup- portive. We are a competitive show barn without the inherent drama that usually comes with a show stable. I know if I am having a hard day I can go to the barn and feel better almost immediately. world to me.

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Animals have always been an enormous part of my life. I started riding horses at nine years old. I instantly fell head over heels in love with it. Then I met my soul mate, a ten year old thoroughbred names Brownie. Brownie taught me so much. He taught me how to treat people and to trust wholeheartedly. Completely trusted Brownie and he me. "At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the self- less guardian of the other's very well-being." I don’t know who said that but they are words etched in my heart. I’ve always loved to paint and have brought my love of horses and art to- gether. Although, I am unreasonably critical of my art, especially when drawing horses, I am trying to bring those two passions together more often, and with less self-criticism.

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