She might have experienced a traumatic experience with the horses at the tender age of 9, but that did not take away the love for horses from Carolann McGee.
McGee narrates how she fell off the back of a horse while taking a trail ride with her aunt near Route 110 in Amityville. Unfortunately, the little girl fell off the horse, which was running at a terrific speed. The scariest bit is that while she fell, her jacket was caught in the saddle and this meant that the horse was dragging her along.
Unlike most little girls who might wail in such a circumstance, McGee found herself laughing hysterically. When the instructor saw this incident, he said, “I think this kid needs some riding lessons.”
Over the course of 16 years, McGee has not only learnt the lessons, her determination and passion has ensured that she has become the assistant instructor to one of the most famous horsemen in the world, Graham motion.
McGee herself is on her way to stardom because one of the horses she trained and nursed called Main Sequence worn $3 million in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November. This was no mean achievement because she managed to dismantle the highly regarded Europeans Flintshire.
Apart from being an accomplished horse rider, the teenager has managed to train a host of horses during the summer vacations. She has trained show horses in Indiana.
It is interesting to see what the animal science graduate from Purdue University will accomplish in the horse arena in the coming years given that she has already accomplished so much for a girl her age.
This is completely different from the vocation her parents Frank and Janet McGee wished-for for her 16 years ago. The first time they got a shock of the life was a couple of years ago when the prodigy informed them that she was ready to work for peanuts in a barn training the animals.
However, the good news is that the parents have gotten used to it and they have accepted the reality. Perhaps they may be wondering why they spent all that money in collage, but given the glimpses of the young woman’s achievements already, there is a reason to not only accept her choice but to also celebrate her.
McGees love for horses is not a cosmetic one that is born out of love for money. The inherent passion in her is something that you will not fail to see. For instance, she wakes up before sunrise every day to attend to the horses and works about 14-15 hours a day. This is a responsibility that she takes with joy and complete satisfaction. Like most successful people, it makes no difference to her whether you paid her to do the job or not. "I never don't want to go to work," McGee said.
This is a great lesson to the young people out there who have not settled on the path they would like to take in their life. The most important thing in life is to find your passion and spend the rest of your life doing it.
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