When my daughter was five she wanted riding lessons for her birthday, horse-back riding. When we explored the options we were told that she had to be six before the local barns would give her lessons. I kind of thought she would out grow that desire before her sixth birthday, as kids often do. For that fifth birthday we got her zebra finches. She named them “John” and “Gina.” They lived a very long time.

The next year, on her sixth birthday, our daughter wanted the riding lessons. For the better part of the next twelve years my daughter rode. While in high school she worked at a local clothing store for a couple of years while she continued to ride and compete. A few years after that she quit the clothing business and began working at “the barn.” A few years after that she became a professional equestrian. She’s worked hard, been very focused on her dream, and now is living it. She’s really amazing, some days I stand in awe that she is my daughter. I’m very proud of her.

A photo of my daughter working:

she trains horses to be ridden and people to ride horses.

Here she is in the office of “The Barn:”

And then there’s this one of her dog, Oliver, at the barn:


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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11 Responses to Jump

  1. Jan says:


  2. Robin says:

    Wow – a stunningly beautiful and equally accomplished woman.

  3. Wendy says:

    It always makes me happy to know there are people who really makes their dreams and passions work for their lives.

  4. Rev SS says:

    what a blessing … what a beauty … and what an impressive young woman!

  5. Gaye says:

    Your daughter is a lovely young woman and has worked hard to live her dream. As much credit is due to her, credit is also due to her parents who must have been there to love, encourage, inspire and support. Pretty good all round I would say.

  6. revkjarla says:

    So wonderful that your daughter is living her dream. Beautiful. And Oliver–perfect picture. Did you take that???

  7. Terri says:

    Karla, Jessi took that photo one day with her phone…her dog waiting for her to finish work…LOL (he is such a goof – just a great personality)

  8. zorra says:

    I love the pictures–and your joy and pride in Jessi and her accomplishments!

  9. altar ego says:

    I love that picture of Oliver.I would be proud of a daughter who had a dream and made it a reality, too. Can I adopt her?

  10. That's amazing! Congrats to her for living her dream! I love the photos. Oliver looks very noble indeed.Happy New Year, Terri. I hope 2011 is full of hugs and happiness.

  11. angela says:

    Amazing picture and story of your daughter. I'm very glad to meet her. And Oliver.

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