Behind every career is an alternate vision, a backup dream or a “what else is out there?” Similarly, behind every horseman’s story is a unique tale.
Sabrina Thuerauf from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been showing horses for six years.
Sabrina Thuerauf from Las Cruces, New Mexico
She said if she weren’t showing, she would like to attend veterinarian school.
“It’d also be cool to travel to Paris,” Thuerauf said.
Pam Grimshaw from Goodyear, Arizona, has been showing horses for 12 years, and said that she would be camping if she weren’t showing.
Pam Grimshaw from Goodyear, Arizona
“I’ve been married to my husband— who’s a trainer— for 26 years,” Grimshaw said. “I don’t know anything other than this.”
Kate Buchanan from Scottsdale, Arizona, was born into the equestrian world. Her father grew up showing horses and her mother showed English.
Kate Buchanan from Scottsdale, Arizona
“This is more like my lifestyle,” Buchanan said. “If I weren’t doing this, I’d probably be playing basketball.”
Shadd Parkinson from Scottsdale, Arizona, has been showing horses for 34 years and trains them for a living.
Shadd Parkinson from Scottsdale, Arizona
“If I weren’t showing horses, I’d probably be a ski bum,” Parkinson said. “But more likely, I’d be a fisherman.”
Devika Singh is the 2018 Arizona National Horse Show digital media intern. Originally hailing from India and now residing in Sugar Land, Texas, she studied agricultural communications at Texas A&M where she was a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow student organization.