As we all take some time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I would like to salute those who make all that we do possible. Last week members of the core team of Horses Daily Inc came together for two days of brainstorming, reviewing accounts and discussing some of the many exciting things we are developing for 2015. January 1 marks the 18th anniversary of when we went on line. Nothing makes me more thankful than my relationship with these people, who I consider my family. They have been around, all for a long time, all working together to build and continue to grow an amazing service for the equestrian world: archiving and developing content important to all equestrian disciplines.
Here they are from left to right;
Meet Penny Peck, our Horsesdaily.com content manager. I met Penny over 20 years ago at a QuickBooks Adult Education class she was teaching. It was the only class I attended. I just hired her, right then and there to do my books. When we started the website in 1997 she quickly caught on, and has been our core content commander ever since. Penny seems to be the one to make great connections where I live in Central Florida in the winter. Because of her, we are now enjoying a beautiful house on the St. John's River in Astor Florida. From Nov 15 - Jan 1, we have a beautful house, with a boat and hot tub, our treat before moving into the RV for the winter months in Ocala.
Tracey Scharf, is my rock, my manager my CFO, sometimes therapist, shoulder to cry on. She is our equine insurance manager. Tracey was a neighbor, and the best waitress I even had at my local Lobster spot in Florida. When she was pregnant I hired her to help me get ready for shows stuffing photo albums (back in the day of film when we sold prints 3 for $25). She earned her insurance CSR license, and has been by my side ever since. Hayden, the baby she was pregnant with when we started working together will be turning 14 years old this February.
Mary Phelps (Bossmare) I began as a horse show photographer in 1978. While I loved the work, I knew it would probably not be enough to support me, so I got my insurance license 30 years ago. Then came the Internet and we were one of the first on line in 1997. That was before Google, Facebook, Twitter all of it. I have been with Markel Insurance now for I think 13 years, and proud to work for such a fine company. Markel now has the capability to write insurance for some of our European horsemen, so this year I am looking forward to more trips abroad. We are energized by a new and exciting web development and marketing company now on board. I'm inspired and looking forward to working over the holidays on so much.
Liz Ruggerio was always a fun person to run into when I did Dressage shows in Georgia. We are fellow corgi lovers as well as share the same passion for young horses, dressage, bloodlines and breeding. When our HorseMarket began to grow in leaps and bounds becoming too much for me to manage on my own, Liz and her techie husband visited. We did a training session and the rest is history. In addition, Liz is in charge of DressageDaily content management. We are excited about our new project in the works promoting equestrian real estate working with top agents in the field.
But wait there is more, so much more. Thank you to Markel and the entire back up we have in corporate office, Julian Bowen Reese, Michele Burch and Doug Edwards who we bug the most. Welcome to our latest content developers Sue Weakley and Sarah Conrad Evers. We appreciate our other longtime reporters Lynndee Kemmet, Kelly Sanchez, Jennifer Keeler and more. Thankful for PR maven Johnny Robb and all of her clients we service. And, thanks to Skye O’Dell and Eli Altman our Drupal developer for your vision and programming brilliance, and to "the new guy" Matt Smith for taking us to the next level.
Oh yes, and thank you Wayne Humphreys for your love, patience and quiet guidance. I love you!
Most of all thank you to our readers and friends who follow us and appreciate our work.