Author - Caitlin Thacker

Hey there! I’m a 21-year-old junior at the University of Findlay, navigating a dual major in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management. Hailing from the quaint and serene town of McArthur in Southern Ohio, my journey with horses evolved from a simple hobby into an all-encompassing passion that fuels my daily pursuits.

As the youngest and only girl among six siblings in my family, I learned the value of determination and resilience at an early age. This familial environment instilled in me a sense of individuality and a drive to chase my dreams, propelling me toward a career that aligns seamlessly with my deepest passions.

Horses are not just my profession; they are the heart and soul of my existence. The advice that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life resonates deeply with me. This mantra inspired me to turn my passion into a profession, and I’ve never looked back. Every day spent with these majestic animals feels like a dream come true.

Apart from the equestrian world, I find solace in the embrace of nature. Hiking offers me a perfect escape, allowing me to explore the beauty of the outdoors and find moments of peace and tranquility. Time spent with my friends and family, sharing laughter and creating cherished memories, forms the cornerstone of my life outside the stables.

My love for animals extends beyond horses. Dee, my personal horse, holds a special place in my heart, symbolizing the bond I share with these magnificent creatures. Currently working for Spencer and Kim Zimmerman at Ultimate Equine has been a transformative experience, opening doors and offering invaluable insights that shape my journey in the equestrian realm.

With each stride in this journey, I am unwavering in my commitment to merge my passion with a career, fostering a life that’s not just about work but about pursuing what I truly love.