APPRECIATE WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR JOURNEY, EVEN IF IT’S NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. EVERY SEASON SERVES ITS PURPOSE.
A career as a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor is not what Jessica ever intended for her life’s work. But it’s clear that riding horses and helping others while doing so was meant for her all along.
When Jessica was a year old, her father was involved in a barrel racing accident that left him in a coma for six months. After waking from the coma, he was unable to walk or talk. He eventually regained limited ability to walk through therapeutic horse riding and spoke again with the help of a voice machine. Later, at sixteen, Jessica began volunteering at a therapeutic riding organization geared to benefit children with Autism. Seeing a young non-verbal rider communicate in ways never before seen by her family hooked Jessica on the notion that helping and lifting others, through riding, would become her primary calling. Jessica’s nominator and mom says: “Jessica’s passion for helping others realize their abilities rather than focusing on their limitations makes her my hero!”
When we asked Jessica about her message of positivity, she shared these wise words: “Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Every season serves its purpose.”
Jessica, you are serving wonderful purposes in life! We feel so privileged to call you our Viva Babe! ⠀