I bought my second Teke at the Sprandel Auction in 1990 and Mirija joined my herd. At this time, these two Teke mares were the only Akhal-Tekes in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, I’ve ridden dressage, done some jumping, had a few children and I’m now dabbling in endurance.
In 1993, I bought several more Tekes and I was on my way. Since then, I’ve had over 40 foals born at my farm, many of them by my now retired stallion, Astrachan. There are now about 100-250 pure and part-bred Akhal-Tekes in the Pacific Northwest and several other breeders.
I started The Akhal-Teke Quarterly in 1995 and published it until 2003. I hosted the 1st Annual North American Akhal-Teke Conference in Snohomish in 1995 and have sat on the Board of Directors for the Akhal-Teke Association of America for many years, mostly in the capacity of secretary, although I’m now acting as registration secretary too. I have been editing the ATAA Newsletter since January of 2012 and helping out with some beeed promotions, including the first Akhal-Teke DVD and our upcoming one and the Breeder’s Co-op booth at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, along with giving lessons, competing and breeding. I enjoy getting the word out about our fantastic horses and plan on continuing my efforts for years to come.