Media & Horses
I was born a farm girl with a big imagination. A professional ‘dreamer’ as they would say. As I grew and so did my imagination………I joined a theatre group and loved it immensely. Loved portraying the lives of many different women on stage. I took to the sport of target shooting and trap shooting before my twenties and grew quite a liking to it. When my life brought me west to Alberta, I took up mindful hunting to be able to raise my children on wild meat, whilst living in the bush. A usual daily activity was to fire off several successful rounds at a distant paper target or rocks of different sizes when the papers got too boring. Trap shooting was a lot of fun for me as well. When the idea came about in 2007 to start a women’s group called Women of the Wild West………..Annie Oakley was the fitting character for me. So many parallels. Even had my costume made from a professional costume designer in Toronto, who made the clothing for the movie ‘Annie Gitcher Gun’. I banded together with a few other women (who I dare say, have a wild side like me) and the group was created. My passion for horses, historical wild women and children charities, landed our first event. Giddy Up for Wishes……..a ride that saw me on horseback from Ottawa to Cochrane to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Women of the Wild West were instrumental in the fundraising efforts. Time we get back in the saddle, or walk the pavement to bring these amazing characters back to life.
I grew up in a time when it was cool to have hand made clothes. My mom sewed matching outfits for my dolls and Barbies. She taught me how to sew at age 10, it came natural to me.
You name it, I could sew it, even made a living doing it.
Then I saw a poster at a barn that I was delivering brand new hand made horse blankets to. The poster read that the "Women of the Wild West" were looking for women to join their group. I called...they said just show up and we'll dress you up! That is when I fell in love with period costumes and made it my goal to make my costume as authentic as possible. I have a knack for it...love it...its like I lived it at one time and am living it again with this group!!
Characters & Costumes
Never thought that I would ever be leading the life that I am...horses are fairly new to me and my family. Started out terrified and by taking ground and being brave I not only own a facility and small therapeutic riding school.
Proof that you never know where the road will take you and to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Highlights have been meeting all those along the way and riding in the Stampede Parade!! Who would have ever imagined that??
When I'm not horsin' around I'm with my husband and best friend of 30 years and my 3 amazing kiddos. Helping my family realize their dreams is a gift that I'm grateful for.