A DAY IN THE LIFE; By Catherine Rose Chamberlain- California Dreaming
As part of an ongoing series, 2KGrey asks ambassadors to record a day in their lives. They will share their ups & downs, challenges & achievements and daily duties in their lives as equestrians. This week Catherine Rose Chamberlain, 23, Physical Therapy Student & Head Trainer at Catherine Rose Dressage.
After high school I moved to California from my home state of Arizona to work full time in the equestrian industry as an assistant. I then became the head trainer of my own dressage training business, Catherine Rose Dressage, out of De Luz Meadows located in Temecula, CA.
While I absolutely love horses and riding, last year I decided to go to college with the hopes of pursuing a career in physical therapy while keeping horses and riding as my personal passion rather than my business. However, it is a transition in progress and over the past year that I’ve started school, I’ve still kept a small clientele of students and horses. So now my days are pretty busy between school, riding, my hobby of singing, taking care of my many pets & of course spending time with family and friends.
5:30 am: I wake up and get ready for the day. I put on my favorite pair of 2KGrey Horseshoe riding jeans since I will be running from school right to the barn. I am prepared for a long day, between class, work, and band practice in the evening. I especially make sure to pack lots of snacks to keep me going throughout the day.
6:15 am: I leave the house, grab some coffee and head to Mt. San Jacinto College where I am taking my undergraduate classes.
7:00 – 10:00 am: Once I get to school I have Lab for General Chemistry bright and early, so I make sure to finish my coffee before class starts so that my brain is functioning as we begin our lab experiments.
10:00 – 10:30 am: We’re not allowed to have food or drinks in the lab, so once we’re done I take a short break to fuel up and let my brain have a rest.
10:30 – 1:30 pm: I take the next three hours to get homework and assignments done for all of my classes. This fall semester I’m trying to tackle General Chemistry, Basic Physics, Precalculus and Intermediate Spanish, so I have to make sure I stay on top of the material and workload.
1:30 – 2:00 pm: Drive the hour or so ride to the barn for work.
2:00 – 8:00 pm: I groom, ride and care for all of the horses as well as do any barn chores I need to take care of. Right now I have five horses in training in addition to my own mare, Sophie. I’m currently cutting back on the number of horses I have in training in order to dedicate the time and energy I need into my school work, but I’m still kept plenty busy at the barn. I don’t have a groom so I do all of the care for the horses myself, which I really enjoy.
8:00 – 8:45 pm: I run home, shower and grab a bite to eat before heading to band practice where I’m the lead singer.
8:45 – 10:45 pm: I practice with the adult band at School of Rock, which is a music school in Temecula that offers performance programs as well as regular lessons in order to get experience on the stage in front of an audience. My boyfriend Andrew works there and helps teach the adult band, so at least we get to spend a couple of hours together after a long day.
10:45 – 11:30 pm: Andrew and I head home and take care of my three cats, Percy, Luna and Ollie. Then we watch a short TV show together to unwind before I go to sleep and get a little rest before the next busy day begins!
Although the days are long and crazy, they are indeed a happy chaos! I can not wait to see what the future brings.