Hi everyone! After many years working in the equine business, I have recently become a content developer for the great people at StatelineTack.com. My name is Sharon Rogers and I live in Phoenix, AZ. Working with horses is what I love to do. I'm excited to be bringing all of my knowledge on horses, stables, and riding to everyone out there by using this blog. First, a little about me and where I came from.
I was born in New York City on January 3rd, 1984. My father taught at the local public school and my mom stayed home and took care of my older sister and I. We didn't have a lot of money, but we were a very happy family. My toys were mostly hand-me-downs from my older sister. When I was 3, she gave me her old toy horse, a tiny plastic horse she named “Daisy”. I promptly renamed the tiny horse “Buttercup” and thus my love of horses began.
For my 12th birthday, my parents and grandparents got together and took my sister and I to a horse farm in Upstate NY. Within a few rides, I was hooked. My grandparents were able to spare some money and they set me up with riding lessons. When I turned 16, I started working at the farm part-time. I was so lucky to spend my high school years working with horses, earning money for college, and having just enough cash left over to afford the commute.
After high school, I quit my job at the farm and went off to college to become a veterinarian. I settled on a school in the Colorado State University network. Although it was tough being away from my family, I was working with all types of animals and even found a job at a nearby stable. Four years later, I finished school with my degree in Veterinary Medicine. I almost moved back to New York City, until my roommate convinced me to join her in Utah for a new business venture.
We spent the next several years as consultants to the many horse farms and stables in the greater northern Utah area. We helped them figure out how to run their businesses more efficiently and saved many of them from having to give up their horses to questionable people. It was shocking to me at the time, just how many buyers are out there who don't intend on giving a horse a good home. After five years of working together, my roommate decided to open her own stable. Although I couldn't blame her for wanting to open a haven where she could settle down, I wasn't quite ready to settle down myself. That was when we dissolved our business and went our separate ways.