Where were you recently in school?
I graduated in spring of 2020 from University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Business.
Post-grad I worked for the National Ecological Observation Network as a wildlife field technician during the spring-fall. I return to my position with this company this spring.
How did you first hear about MoonRise?
My mom originally heard about Moonrise as a local barn dedicated to natural horsemanship. In 2008, I started riding at Moonrise Farm summer camps when I was nine years old.
What was your first involvement at MoonRise?
I started participating in summer camps at age nine and I immediately fell in love with the horses and Moonrise's approach to building partnerships with the horses.
At age 12, I asked DJ if I could be a volunteer. I started with barn chores and this quickly led to involvement with summer programs. From then on I spent most of my summers at Moonrise Farm helping in summer programming and playing with the horses. I did this for six summers through middle school and high school until I left for college.
How have you stayed connected with MoonRise and how did you decide to return as the winter intern?
Over the years I have stayed connected with DJ and continue to visit her and the horses whenever I return home from Colorado.
This past fall, when I returned home to spend the winter with my parents, I reached out to DJ to catch-up. During which she mentioned they could use some extra help at the barn, and I quickly volunteered my help.
Can you give an example of compassionate connection in relation to your work at MRT?
The aspect of compassionate connection has always resonated with me. Each time I interact with a horse, whether it is walking by them in the field, leading them, or doing their feet it is important to be intentional with your actions and energy. If you come into work with a horse and you are frustrated or rushing, they will quickly reflect your energy back to you and remind you to check yourself. Being around them is a constant reminder to be present and mindful. Interacting with the horses is extremely grounding.
Additionally, I enjoy seeing and learning how other MRT partners work with the horses, especially, DJ, Ben, and Sienna. Learning about horse speak, seeing their intentions as they connect with the horses, and their reflections on interactions have been incredibly educational. And I am very grateful for it.
What is one of your favorite characteristics of each horse?
Bart: Friendliness and sociability.
Makata: Gentle and calm energy.
Krystall: I appreciate his curious nature.
Spirit: Her expressiveness.
Do you hope to have horses in your life in the future?
I hope to continue to have horses in my life and hopefully have a horse of my own one day.