Two years ago, I had never put a leg over a dirt bike. I spent the first twenty-five years of my life heavily involved in the barrel racing industry, moving through the amateur ranks and eventually earned my Women's Professional Rodeo Association pro status when I turned eighteen. I continued to rodeo through college and into my career as an educator. After losing my professional horse in early 2016, I decided that it was time for a change and purchased my first dirt bike, a 2016 KTM XC-F.
Upon arriving home: I put my leg over it, grabbed a handful of throttle, dropped the clutch, looped out, and broke the clutch lever clean off. Sitting in the dirt laughing at myself, I knew I had found something I would love and I decided I was going to do everything in my power to be great at it.
2016 was a year spent picking my bike up off the ground, icing bruises, building callouses, laughing, and learning how to be confident in my new pursuit. I entered one race, and I think I was lapped twice by everybody in the women's class - but I finished, and I fell in love with the sport of off-road racing.
2017 was my first year with a full racing schedule. I competed in the Oregon Motorcycle Riders' Association GP series, did several other independent GP races, and then I completed my first 24-Hour Ironman at Starvation Ridge, Washington. I fell in love with the camaraderie of the dirt bike community, the welcoming attitude from other racers, and the encouragement and enthusiasm of the spectators.
I continue to work as a full-time teacher and a mother to two young boys. Weekends and summer vacations are spent adventuring and racing with the dirt bikes and kids in tow!
My goals for 2018 include: Oregon Motorcycle Riders' Association GP series; the Mag-7 GP series; The Desert 100; Virginia City Grand Prix; "Best in the Desert" Las Vegas to Reno; 24-Hours of Starvation Ridge; 6 and 12 Hours of Glen Helen; as well as the occasional independent GP or XC event when my schedule allows for it.
I have found a real passion for the long-distance solo racing, and am looking forward to pursuing my goals in that area. I have started work with a trainer, nutritionist, and off-road coach in order to improve and excel as an Ironman racer. My absolute future goal is to complete the Baja 1000 as an Ironman.