Before we close out 2020, we are welcoming our final 2021 Brand Ambassador, Nicole Bedard. Like the rest of us, Nicole lives and breathes all things horses. She is the Barn Manager at Willowcreek Horsemandship Center in Ontario, Canada, where both she and her daugher ride. When Nicole is not horsing around, she is at her full time job as an early Childhood Educator in a Kindergarten classroom. Here is a little bit more about Nicole:
TMM: What got you interested in riding?
Nicole: I have always loved horses and was infatuated with the idea of riding since I was a young girl. Ian Millar was my idol and my father made me a course of horse jumps for our backyard so that I could pretend I was a horse. I rode for a little bit when I was younger, but became quite afraid after a fall. When my daughter was three or so, she began to really show an interest in horses and ponies. Finally, when she was five I broke down and purchased her some introductory riding lessons for the summer - she was hooked. That Fall I also took the leap and got back into the saddle. That was about five years ago and we have dedicated a lot of time and effort into our riding since then.
TMM: In what Discipline(s) do you participate?
Nicole: Mostly hunters, but I am willing to play in any field that will let me!
TMM: Are you a Professional of Amateur?
Nicole: Most definitely an amateur!
TMM: Who is your trainer and out of what farm?
Nicole: Anna Krupp of Willowcreek Horsemanship Center.
TMM: Do you own/lease any horses?
Nicole: I currently lease my big guy, a 17.2 hh registered red road appaloosa name Walker (Black Wind Walker), and my daughter's pony, and an amazing little Welsh Section C, Spirit (Halcyonia Free Spirit).
TMM: What is your favorite part about being an equestrian?
Nicole: Everything! - the love and care of your hose and the bond you can make, wanting to and doing your best to provide your horse with the best regime and care that you possibly can, the selflessness of always putting their needs first, and the passion, drive and the relrentless pursuit of goals. Once a goal is met, another is made and chased. It's such a fantastic life and I feel very blessed to have horses in my life.
Welcome, Nicole! We are lucky to have you on our team!