Growing up down the street from a horse boarding facility in Murfreesboro, TN, Colorado-based volunteer Abbie Preston began loving horses at a very early age. At the age of nine, she started taking riding lessons at Hunters Court Stables in Murfreesboro and continued riding there until college. Through high school Abbie also worked for a local racehorse trainer as a groom and exercise rider, traveling to Keeneland with the trainer for the summer months. The race track was where Abbie learned to appreciate the drive, passion, and spirit of thoroughbreds. After high school she went on to Middle Tennessee State University where she rode on the equestrian team.
Abbie and her husband, Kurt, moved to Colorado in 2014 for a career opportunity. Soon after, she shipped her appendix gelding, Spider, to Hobby Horse Farm near Denver, CO, where she met Board Member Angelika Beutel and began grooming and riding for her.
Abbie says, "Grooming for Angelika has taught me so much, and when Changing Leads begin retraining some retired racehorses at Hobby Horse Farm, I was given the opportunity to groom and ride them. This reignited the spark I had for thoroughbreds in high school working at Keeneland. I enjoy learning from each individual horse and seeing their eagerness to please and passion for their job. Angelika is a fabulous trainer for horses and riders, and knowing that I am able to play a small part in helping her find second careers for these horses is such an honor. I look forward to continuing working with Changing Leads and helping this great organization any way I can."
Abbie finds grooming and working with the Changing Leads horses in Colorado very rewarding and fulfilling. She loves seeing the horses ultimately find their forever homes and bond with their new owners, and she looks forward to continuing working with them and Angelika's other retraining projects in the future.
Changing Leads is so thankful for Abbie and all the other volunteers who help make second careers possible for our retired racehorses. Thank you, Abbie!