Nancy Parks ( formally known as Nancy Hansen) grew up in Orinda, California, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her love and obsession with horses began when her parents bought her a pony, Buddy, at age 10. Around this age is when she began teaching her best friend's brother how to ride. He became her first student at a whopping $3.00 an hour. 3 years later Park ' s parents bought a horse from a family member. That horse later became her show horse that she traveled all over the state of California; showing in Trail, Horsemanship, Equitation and Pleasure. She won many championships, including Region 3 Championship in CA and a world show qualifier. Parks has always enjoyed jumping since she was 10 and missed doing that so she decided to get into the Hunter Jumper shows as time went on.
Alongside her busy show schedule, she usually had a horse in training here and there. Then, the opportunity arose to move to El Paso and help with her sister's barn full of horses. El Paso is where her lesson program reached its height. She was then training horses and teaching an average of 50 to 70 students per week. On top of it all, she managed to put her family obligations first and be a full time Mom for her daughter, Jodie.
Park's successes doesn''t stop with herself. She has coached many students to the winner's circle as well. Her students have received scholarships, savings bonds, high points and championships through shows ranging from beginner open shows, English and Western, playdays, Hunter Jumper, Team Pennings and AQHA shows.
What Parks is most well known for , is teaching her students how to have fun with and love horses. That is something that she values much higher than winning. Through this love for horses, she teaches people self confidence, trust, safety and responsibility. In this way she helps everyone to become a winner.
She met her future husband, Patrick Parks in El Paso when he signed up for riding lessons. They married in 2001, and because of Patrick's work she and Jodie moved to Aubrey with him. They now operate Amor Ranch. Parks looks forward to building up her lesson program again, one student at a time.
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