My name is Gina M. Giansante, and I grew up on the (mostly bare) back of horses
(I can't think of a better way to grow up). I'm 25 and I work for Penn State
Univ. in the Tranpsortation Institute's library (thus my access to the net).
I also have a "horsesitting" service which helps finance my horse habit. I go
to classes part time (psychology). I intend to start making my photography
habit pay the bills by starting an animal photography business (too bad I can't
make the horse habit for itself ;-) I volunteer my time as a 4-H leader
(horses, of course, of course), I'm also the vice president of the Central PA
Horseman's Assoc. (I'm not even sure how I got talked into that one :-) )
There's also a dressage club forming in the area (central PA, if anyone's
interested e-mail me).
I started riding when I was 9. Got my first horse named Trigger (just guess
what color he was :-) ) when I was ten. We were inseparateble until college
when I was forced to sell him. I started riding western and quickly changed
to hunt/jump. I got most of my showing experience by "catch riding" any horse
that needed a rider. (my allowance couldn't afford to finance the showing of
Trigger other than the usual 4-H shows each year).
About 3 years ago I bought a 9 yr old Morab named CV Demaus (aka ***, and
it fits). I bought him as a hunt seat trail horse but realized he had show
potential. After the first year of Okay,but not stellar,placings in the local
open shows as a hunter we decided to go with the flow and try saddle seat.
Demaus and I have found our calling. He's done wonderful as a saddle horse.
This summer we're are going to try our luck at some A-rated Arab shows, as well
as the local shows, and I think we're going to try our hand at Competitive
trail as well. I also have a Purebred Arab named Sunkist's Nozulk (aka Alpo)
Which my mother actually owns and pays the board for but never rides. So I
consider him mine. He's really not as exciting as Demaus so I won't go into
detail about what he does. Both of them are boarded at a local stable in my
home town of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
Sorry I'm so long winded but once I get started about my horses, I have a hard
It's nice to finally meet all of you.
--Gina M. Giansante
--Demaus and Nozulk