Hi! My name is Debbie James!
I think I came out of the womb loving horses, not sure where the passion came from as I wasn't raised on a ranch or a farm and neither of my parents were horse people... but here I am. I always wished for a pony under the Christmas tree but that never happened, LOL. When I was in Junior High School, I had a babysitting job and saved my money all summer to get a little horse I named Cindy. She was one of the best horses I ever owned.
I have been through many horses since then, too many to count or name. I have dabbled in many disciplines including Dressage and English jumping. That didn't last long, it was not my cup of tea. I've done lots of trail riding and I always loved to show in the Western Pleasure and Trail classes. In 1996, I drove back to Kansas and bought my grey mare that I have now and showed her on the AQHA circuit in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Blue, the grey mare, just wasn't competitive enough so the hunt was on for a more suitable horse.
I always buy my horses as yearlings or 2 yr olds so any mistakes made will be my own. Needless to say, I have 13 horses now because I love them all and some are lesson horses or geriatric. I was raised In Redwood City and slowly made my way North to Lake County with a 15 year stay in Sebastopol. I am the proud owner of Gaddy Shack Ranch!
I am born and raised in Lake County and truly there is no place like home! My family has contributed a lot to this county, my Grandpa Carl even built the 1st pier on Clearlake! I have watched many changes for the good and bad happen here and I am happy to be a part of the LCHC and look forward to being a part of helping to grow and keep horses and equine activities a big part of our little county.
I have always had a great love and passion for all animals, I adopted my 1st horse Dotty when I was 28, an older Arab mare that taught me so much about horses, riding, and love. Although I had to say goodbye to her much too soon, there was no turning back from the world of horses I had found. I have spent the years since then volunteering or participating in many local horse events and continuing to learn and help out with anything from riding gymkhana to poop scooping at parades or judging trail challenge events, and many things in between!
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