Emily McAtee

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Emily McAtee may be aiming toward a career as a professional equestrian, but she describes herself first and foremost as an Amateur: A person who does something simply because she loves it. Horses and singing are the first of her loves, followed by the violin, books, and the question “Why.” She started riding at about age 12, facilitated and encouraged by good ranching families who took pity on the little girl who loved horses. Emily chased horses and cattle across Wyoming until she went to college, where she studied History, English Literature, and Voice.

Emily is now a military wife who lives near Fort Polk with her wonderful husband, Tom. She studies dressage as a working student at Harmony Equestrian Services, LLC, under the tutelage of Amanda Lluvera. She always has at least six projects going on at once: her main focuses right now are receiving her American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA) Teaching Certification and training for the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) in Lexington, Kentucky. Once those are finished, her next goals are to receive an equine therapy certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), to study Alexander Technique, to delve into human and equine massage therapy, and of course, to ride as many horses in as many disciplines as possible.

The Last Month: Almost Ready For The Thoroughbred Makeover Competition

By Emily McAtee. This is it. I’m not going to say that our last month of Retired Racehorse Project work…

Small Changes: Week 10, Retired Racehorse Project

By Emily McAtee. [Emily McAtee continues her journey with Champagne, her “Retired Racehorse Project.”  Her goal is to compete with…

Introducing the Retired Racehorse Project

By Emily McAtee. Two years ago, a colt called American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown: the first horse to do…