Here is my surprise that I announced this past Friday, it's early!
This past week at the Mane Event in Red Deer, AB I sat in on a demo hosted by 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗠𝗰𝗔𝗳𝗲𝗲 with her paint mare "Flicka". Here is Corinne's bio.
"𝘏𝘪, 𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘔𝘤𝘈𝘧𝘦𝘦, 𝘐’𝘮 35 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘙𝘺𝘭𝘦𝘺, 𝘈𝘭𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘢. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘴 4 𝘵𝘰 6 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦 (𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘦) 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺’𝘴 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘴. 𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘺 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘴. 𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘯 “𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭”, 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘶𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘧𝘧. 𝘔𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺. 𝘈 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘺."
Corinne received a well deserved standing ovation for her demo. I was very inspired by not just Corinne's speech and her demo but who she is as a person and her passion in helping others with disabilities pursue their love and dreams for horses. I wanted to reach out to Corinne, I tried after her demo was finished but it was just too busy so I decided to contact her after the weekend.
For those of you who know me on a personal level, you know that I have a soft spot for people with disabilities - whether it's physical or mental. I always do what I can to assist them, the littlest things and kind gestures goes a long ways.
It's special people in this world like Corinne who encourages others that no matter what struggles that you face everyday, you are able to overcome anything in life. The key to life is accepting challenges. Challenges help you discover who you are.
As soon as I reached out to Corinne, I offered her some portrait photos of her and Flicka. It was my thank you to her for doing what she does and being the amazing inspirational person that she is to others around her.
Business is not all about making money, it's also about helping others and volunteering your time when you see fit.
Thank you Corinne McAfee for following up with me. I hope these images give you forever memories of the wonderful job that you have done with Flicka and with the community. The very last photo in this bunch, of the John Deere, is for your mother and father.
Click HERE to view all the photos.