Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Team 54 - Rolling Thunder *
My name is Natalie Herman and I live in McKinleyville, California and this is my second year entering the Derby. I had a great time last year, though with a number of personal and horse issues, ended up far below my normal riding mileage. Still, I did ride when I could, and I ended the year with teaching my mare to drive as well! So that should be a fun way to add miles as well this time around.
My teammate is my 8yr old Quarmorab (father Arab, mother Morgan/QH) mare, Ewoyn's Thunder. I own her mother and specifically bred Eow to be my endurance partner and hopeful Tevis and multi-day horse. Her mom, Hoanna, is a smooth, calm and fun little mare to ride. She is excelling in Trail Trials right now, on lease to a horse crazy teenager and giving lessons to young kids and doing the occasional pony party. Her father was the highest mileage AERC stallion and Hall of Fame horse, DR Thunder Bask, that I chose for his mileage record. I hope Eow will have as many miles in her, as he did! My main goal with her is to have a Decade Horse (10 years of riding, during which the same horse/rider team have at least one 50 mile or longer AERC ride under their belts each year), as well as miles and years of fun, not to win any races.We also dabble in learning classical dressage and now driving.
I am a natural hoofcare provider on the coast of far northern California (no, San Francisco is not really northern CA...we are another 6 hours north of that! LOL) and am always endeavoring to learn as much as I can about whole horse healthcare. I recently began learning equine bodywork and it has made my mare's life, and my clients', much happier!
2013 / 1030.40 Miles / 10th Place