I have been breeding, training, riding and competing on Akhal-Tekes for 28 years now. I saw my first live Akhal-Teke in 1986, when my husband and I were moving from Michigan to Washington State. I stopped off at Eberhard Sprandel’s farm in Colorado (it happened to be on the way!) and lost my heart. I bought my first Teke mare, Molnija, sight unseen later that year and have never regretted it. She died in 2006 at age 20, but left behind quite a legacy!
I bought my second Teke at the Sprandel Auction in 1990 and Mirija joined my herd. At this time, these two Teke mares were the only Akhal-Tekes in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, I’ve ridden dressage, done some jumping, had a few children and I’m now dabbling in endurance.
In 1993, I bought several more Tekes and I was on my way. Since then, I’ve had over 40 foals born at my farm, many of them by my now retired stallion, Astrachan. There are now about 100-250 pure and part-bred Akhal-Tekes in the Pacific Northwest and several other breeders.
I started The Akhal-Teke Quarterly in 1995 and published it until 2003. I hosted the 1st Annual North American Akhal-Teke Conference in Snohomish in 1995 and have sat on the Board of Directors for the Akhal-Teke Association of America for many years, mostly in the capacity of secretary, although I’m now acting as registration secretary too. I have been editing the ATAA Newsletter since January of 2012 and helping out with some beeed promotions, including the first Akhal-Teke DVD and our upcoming one and the Breeder’s Co-op booth at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, along with giving lessons, competing and breeding. I enjoy getting the word out about our fantastic horses and plan on continuing my efforts for years to come.
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