Ambassador Interviews: Sabrina on Being an Equestrian in the Military!
Sabrina originally joined our team from Michigan. She has since relocated to Alaska to follow her dream of being in the Air Force! We were lucky enough to chat with her on what that big move was like, and how she balances her equestrian passion with life in the military.
Horseplay: What influenced you to join the Air Force?
Sabrina: I've always wanted to have a purpose in life and to work with people,
becoming a public affairs officer I get to do just that and serve my country in the greatest Air Force in the world.
Horseplay: How has following that dream affected your equestrian life?
Sabrina: Not at all! It's a lot of work to keep the military lifestyle and continue riding, but I always find a way because in this life it's all about the balance. It's important to do what you love, in Alaska equestrian life is completely different, it's all very independent and I even got an opportunity to teach at a stable here.
Horseplay: How is equestrian life in Alaska different?
Sabrina: We don't really have that much of a circle of shows and such, we have a couple C rated shows just for fun, but mostly everything is super independent.
Horseplay: Describe a typical day for you, balancing the military and riding.
Sabrina: I'll be up at 4:30 am, take care of my dogs Buddy and Cardi, PT at 6 am which is usually a mile and a half run, push ups, and sit ups. Then I come home, shower and get ready for the day. After 3:30, I'll come home and get ready for the barn, go out and ride a little bit and then come home. Starting next month I'll do some lessons on Wednesdays and Sundays when I don't have any military going on.
Horseplay: That's a long day! How much longer do you have to stay in Alaska, and what are you most looking forward to about coming home?
Sabrina: About 3 years, and I'm excited to see my family and friends, and especially to visit my old barn and see the ponies
Horseplay: Being in the military and making such a big move to Alaska had to be hard, but you were following your dream. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for others in similar situations?
Sabrina: Embrace the suck. It's going to be so hard, and the struggles will feel
like they'll break you. But the end accomplishment is worth it, if you believe in it, you can achieve it, if you strive forward with passion you'll have everything you ever wanted and more.
Sabrina, you are one impressive, strong lady! We are lucky to have you on our team, thank you for chatting with us!