Over the last several years, I have met some amazing women. These women have counseled me, guided me, comforted me, laughed with me, and cried with me. Above all they have been there for me, any time I needed them, to empower me and lift me up when I was feeling down. They have now become my lifelong warrior sisters and kindred spirits. I have decided to try and continue this tradition of sisterhood, as a way of thanking my mother Lori, my mother Lin, my mothers Rose White and Bobbie Ann Beller, and my sisters Barb Leeson and Roberta Beene, for all they have done and continue to do for me. Much of my current 10 year plan has been inspired by these wonderful women.
The Plan: To have my own training facility, ranch, riding school, and women empowerment programs.
The first plan was to get property, which has now been accomplished!
I have built a horseback archery course, ground archery range, and I am hoping to build an indoor arena in the future.
I want to have a joint program, with both women empowerment through horseback martial arts, and a horse rescue program. I am hoping to make this a non-profit organization.
I would like the programs to be specific for various groups of women. For example, I would have one weekend set aside for cancer survivors, the next for at-risk youth. I am hoping to find grants or donations for the women empowerment weekends. So women can come and work together on getting their strength back; mentally and physically. Horseback riding and martial arts are empowering. They empower women to be confident, strong, and independent. Working with horses, teaches you leadership, without force. Martial arts improve your physical health, as well as mental focus.
I have seen quiet self-conscious women turn into strong warrior goddesses over a weekend. I see their posture and mannerisms go from submissive and nervous, to authoritative and confident.
During the women’s weekend, I would require there be a certified counselor to lead and participate in evening group discussions. Having each weekend specific to what the women are having to overcome, I think will bring a unity to the group, and a common ground.
I would be willing to do a weekend clinic for any group I can get enough people for. I am thinking about setting my minimum to 4 people, and a maximum of 8. All women will have to be currently working with a counselor or psychiatrist depending on their recovery.
Women Empowerment Weekend Clinics could include:
– cancer survivors
– at-risk youth
– battered women
– recovering alcoholics
– recovering addicts
– single mothers
My greatest goal for these weekend clinics is to strengthen these women. Strengthen them to be able to stand up to the hardships in their past, present, and future. I get so many women emailing me, saying they saw my website and that they wish they could do something like that. I always reply to them that they can and should! In horseback archery, women are on an even playing field to men. You do not have to have a lot of brute strength to be successful with a bow, and women are often easier to teach to ride.
I also plan to in the future have children’s weekends. I would love to have a discounted weekend available for children (boys and girls) to have a weekend horseback martial arts clinic.
I have many plans… but this is pretty much the gist of it right now!