About Rachel & CCRD
It all started thirty-seven years ago. I was born in Saudi Arabia but moved to the States at a very young age. I was mostly raised in Kansas & Texas. And let me tell you, the old saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” is certainly true when it comes to horse enthusiasm.
I grew up riding. By the time I was two years old, I was bareback atop a little Shetland pony named Jeannie. My hobby soon turned into training as I began taking riding lessons at a Hunter Jumper barn. Those years of experience lead me to multiple competitions and to place second at the World’s Championship in Louisville in 1992. My path was clear, riding horses was my future.
Unfortunately, soon after Louisville, due to some family health issues, we had to sell our horses. I felt forced to give up my passion for horse riding. My heart was broken and my dream was burried.
My passion for horses never fully died and for the next several years I would “dabble”. In 1999 I started working at Dixie Stampede as one of the equestrian performers. I also did trick riding and road an ostrich. Yes, I said an ostrich. While attending college, I worked at a dressage barn. That experience taught me a whole other angle of horsemanship.
But over the years and through all of these experiences, my dream of riding my own horse grew dim. As I got married, I began to to get comfortable with the thought that I may never ride again. As Everyday bombarded me with "to do lists," cleaning the house, "Mommy I need this and that's," and unsustainable expectations that I put on myself as a wife and mother, riding with passion just seemed to drift further & further away.
As I stepped into letting my dream go something truly amazing happened. My husband surprised me with a horse! A 5 year old Appaloosa named, Tawny.
You know, all successful riders learn one thing, "When you fall off a horse, get back on and ride!' Tawny has been that for me, a second chance to ride. And with this second chance comes a responsibility... to keep dreaming.
Since Tawny I've become an enthusiast for everything riding. Endurance racing is my new favorite thing. And I have a feeling this is just the beginning (ok maybe the middle).
I used to think dreaming was selfish. That’s just not true. Dreaming not only brings encouragement and excitement to the Dreamer; but it has the ability to impact and inspire others in a powerful way. If you get one thing from following my story, I hope it’s this, IT’S OK TO DREAM!
I’m learning this, IT’S OK TO DREAM! If I stop dreaming, if you stop dreaming, we will not become the best version of ourselves. I know it looks impossible at times — when circumstances hit us with something we just aren’t ready for or when life throws a curve ball — but I believe that even moms need to dream. That’s what Team COOK CLEAN RIDE DREAM is all about.
I believe the world needs more Dreamers. If you’d like to join our team please reach out. In the meantime, by following my story, I hope you are encouraged & inspired to dream!
Go Team COOK CLEAN RIDE DREAM!!!
Tawny, my 5 yr old Apaloosa
An ostrich named Sallie!
“IF A MOM STOPS DREAMING, THEY CAN'T BE A DREAM MOM.”