I’m Cami Cumper, and I’m so excited about being part of the 2016 Cowgirl Dreams Team!
I’m originally from Midland, Michigan, but I now call Freeland, Michigan home. I’m married to my best friend Brad; an amazing husband and father to our two girls Isabel and Peyton. Together we own and operate Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic, and that alone keeps us busy, busy, busy!
If I’m not working, chances are good I’m being a “sports mom” to Isabel, or riding horses with my girls. Luckily, they are both horse crazy, so you’ve probably seen Isabel riding her mare Jazz around, or Peyton zooming around!!
I was raised in a horse family that taught me that “dreams” are attainable with desire, hard work, and persistence. My parents barrel raced, as well as trained racehorses, and they made me ride the good ones, as well as the bad ones! They believed that this would make me a better horseperson, and I agree. Although my passion has always been barrel racing, I’ve also enjoyed training racehorses, as well as owning and racing Thoroughbreds, and breeding as well as prepping yearlings through my company, Opportunity Lane.
Throughout the years, I’ve been blessed to own and ride some great horses. I believe that we should always be humble and grateful, my parents have always made me work to reach my “dreams,” and I think that you must do that in order to truly appreciate it when you look back to see how far you’ve come. Over the years, horses like Jack, Easy, Money, Colours, and currently I Do, have taught me that there is no shortcut to success, and you have to be willing to put in the time and effort if you want to reap the benefits.
I’ve competed at IPRA, MSRA, and other rodeos through the years, and have qualified for numerous finals. Family and life has kept me staying fairly local for the last few years, but before that I could be found at a rodeo anywhere from here to Lakeside, California! Because of this, I’ve been blessed to form lifetime friendships and relationships that I am grateful for.
I was asked to tell readers something they may not know about me. The first thing that comes to mind is that, while many know that the horse I am currently riding is named I Do 123, they may not know the story behind the big, pretty, paint horse I get to call “mine.” I’m not sure how I feel about fate, or destiny, but I didn’t breed or raise I Do. He was bred, raised, and raced by a long time friend and client, and I was honored that when her mare foaled on Brad’s and my wedding day, she named him I Do 123. I Do was in race training with my parents, and shortly after went west to race. In the time he was gone, he was very successful, and won a World Championship on the racetrack. When he retired from racing, he made his way back to Michigan, and found his way to me. The rest is history………in the making.