How do you describe yourself as an equestrian?
A timid re-rider that is addicted to the sport.
Dressage and equestrian sport fills my life with so much beauty. However, I would rather speak to a massive crowd than go over trot poles. My trainer can wholeheartedly attest to this fact.
Also an equestrian entrepreneur. I design equestrian apparel to express my creativity and add more beauty to our world.
How did you get involved with horses?
My daughter begged me to ride, and it took me about ten seconds to give in to her request. I wanted to ensure she would be safe, so I started riding too. I felt I needed to know enough about the sport to be her biggest cheerleader and advocate. We love making TikTok videos together about our charmed and funny equestrian life.
What role do horses currently play in your life?
Running myself into the ground as a nonprofit executive led me to find solace at the barn. As both an entrepreneur and executive, my brain literally does not shut off for one moment. I am always planning my next move, implementing strategy, and looking into the future.
Riding horses is the only time my thoughts turn off to allow me to focus on the horse and my surroundings. As a timid rider, my brain is focused on staying on the horse, and I’m forced to stay in the moment.
How has your culture influenced your equestrian lifestyle?
My AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) culture generally seeks conformity. At first, I sought to conform to the norms of equestrian society. But not growing up in this world, I really had no context or starting point. Eventually, my culture helped me to break the mold and reevaluate who I wanted to be as an equestrian.
I decided that I did not have to act in a super competitive way, and I would rather be friendly to new riders and help them tack up when they are struggling. I decided I did not have to wear equestrian clothing that was not flattering to follow the fashion trends. I decided that I did not need to buy from companies and brands that did not showcase BIPOC diversity and plus-size inclusivity. I created my own buisness that spoke to my values as an equestrian and have never looked back.
What is your happiest or proudest moment as an equestrian?
Truly, my proudest moment as an equestrian was starting Muirneen Equestrian – a woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned equestrian clothing brand. We design only made-in-the-USA riding apparel so equestrians can feel bold and unapologetic by wearing ethical fashion. I wanted to create a community of equestrians that pursued uncompromising beauty in the fashion industry together.
Supporting living-wage jobs in the USA and partnering with BIPOC women gives me a sense of peace and purpose that I’m on the right path.
What words of encouragement would you have for other equestrians of color or people of color considering becoming equestrians?
Be uniquely you and true to yourself.
Don’t forsake your culture or values to conform to the equestrian culture. Seek others and find the tribe that uplifts you, challenges you, and allows you to be your most authentic equestrian self. Never sacrifice your inner peace to fit in with a crowd that does not have your best interests or horse welfare at heart.
Horse breed – I want every single Appendix horse!
Horse color – I love bays and grays.
Discipline – Dressage is my jam.
Treat to give – The classics — apples and carrots.
Place to ride – Fox Pointe Equestrian is my happy place.
I am a traveling photographer based in Oakland County, Michigan. I love all types of photography, but specialize in equine and equestrians, weddings and events, horse racing photography and pets.
Having a lifelong love for photography and horses alike, I pride myself on capturing the special bond between horse and rider through a creative eye. I own 4 horses myself and live on a small, 5 acre hobby farm. My menagerie also includes dogs, cats, chickens, and quail.