Photo by Canine Connection Photography

Take a stroll through my life...

I am originally from Lorain, Ohio. That's kinda near Cleveland. Northern Ohio means Lake Erie, summer beach cruising, and SNOW SNOW SNOW. I hate the cold. I think I was supposed to be born in Florida. Anything under 90 degrees is cold to me!

I am a Musician, an Equestrian, and an Artist. Can you say RIGHT BRAIN? I don't think I even own a left brain. When my creative juices start flowing, watch out!

I can be single-minded when I am creating something new, and I also can be single-minded when I set a goal for myself. This is a good and bad quality, depending on how obsessive I am at the time!

"Captivate Your Heart" - also known as Corky
Congress 2007 Top 10 3yo Open Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle, Top 10 Junior Hunter Under Saddle, ridden by ME! One of the proudest moments in my life, and a dream realized.

One of my passions - Dog Agility! It's the most fun you can have being frustrated about 50% of the time...it's fun for both of us, and completely addictive. I love taking on a new sport and setting new goals.

Hiking Sentinel Dome in Yosemite (and attempting to conquer my fear of heights). Spectacular scenery!

My mom, my sisters, and me!

I love my technology. Kind of strange for a completely right-brained person to be such a geek, but technology gives me the ability to create, and that's what I love about it.

Pretzel - July, 2013 - new AKC conformation champion! Exciting moment for me, I fell into the dog show thing kind of by accident and ended up loving it! Now Pretzel is a Silver Grand Champion with titles in agility, hunt, obedience, rally, and trick dog.

Me and some of my cool trumpet peeps. My music is a huge part of my life. I started my life as a musician in the 3rd grade and have never stopped.

Hiking Taft Point in Yosemite. yes, I have a big fear of heights, but usually try to force myself beyond my fear. I have never regretted it, this kind of scenery cannot be found from the low ground.

2016 - Winning my second owner-Handled best in Show for 2016. What an amazing dream come true. Just goes to show that no huge dream is completely out of reach...just keep stretching for it!

Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park - truly not for the weak of heart!

Sibling rivalry at Thanksgiving!

Another one of my passions - raising and training hunt seat horses...one at a time! I LOVE the breaking and training process. After having so many breeding and foaling disasters, I have learned to treasure every baby I work with.

A bunch of cool jazz trumpet players. Oh yeah, and me, also... (yes, that is Wayne Bergeron in the middle - what an amazing experience to have played behind him!)

"Pretzel" at Weimaraner Nationals Agility Trial in St. Louis, MO - 2015. We racked up a record number of faults in jumpers, but man did we have fun!

Three pals (me, Corky, and Pretzel) out for a summer ride. There is nothing better than a summer afternoon with my best 4-legged friends.

Karaoke in Florida with the band kids, I am singing my favorite song!

"GCHS CH Poet N Arokats Pretzels For Breakfast BN RN JHA NA NAJ OAP OJP NF OFP SIN CGC TKA SD NRD V"

...better knows as "Pretzel" - my Weimaraner and the joy of my life!

I got Pretzel in May of 2012 when he was 10 weeks old, and we have been inseparable ever since. He has truly changed my life in so many ways...I cannot even begin to explain!


Yes, my trumpet's name is Ralph. Don't insult his raw-brass ugliness, he is very sensitive about that. He is a Monette (for you trumpet geeks), I had him made for me in 1988 and he has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. Oh if this trumpet could talk....come to think of it, he does talk. You just gotta try to understand his language.



Music is a HUGE part of my life - both teaching and performing and also a little writing/arranging. I was a high school band director for 25 years, before I "retired" and went to work for a software company. I've played in a jazz group in Dayton since 1991.

I breed, raise, and show horses competitively. I also love showing my Weimaraners in conformation and agility.

I run a small artwork business where I do custom horse and dog portraits on wood. I also do some website design, graphic/ad design, music arrangements, the list goes on and on...

I am an AKC Pointing Breed Hunt test judge, and I love having the privelege of watching amazing bird dogs work in the field. It's truly one of my favorite things to do (when I am not working my own dogs in the field!).

Oh yeah, and I love to play with my techie devices, write webpage code, and figure out new technology. I am a true geek at heart.



Go Pretzel!

This is me in my happy place - running alongside my best friend. No matter what, I take the best dog at the show home with me every night. Be very jealous!

The Bestest

Me and my awesome parents. They are the BEST!!!!!



...the smell of Play-Doh
...Sharpie markers
...Mowing the lawn
...Car Talk on NPR
...Bubble wrap
...Pretzels for breakfast
...Anything techie/computer/digital/etc.



...Green food
...Strange food
...Food mixed together
...Slow computers
...Negative people
...Being poor
...Scratchy pens
...most Apple products

My Mantra

Why set goals? Because if you are aiming for nowhere, that's just where you'll go!


My girl! GCH CH Luxe All You Can Eat Spaghetti BN RE MH18 MHA MX MXB MXJ MJB MXF CGC TKP SDX RD VX3 - also known as "Noodle". She entered my life on October 3, 2016, and life for Pretzel and I changed forever! Changed for the good, of course!