Emily running at the Alma Rodeo.

(Image courtesy of Jess von Rox)

My name is Emily May Elsholz.

I was born and raised in northern Michigan. I was born on February 28 1988. I currently work for Helen DeVois Children's Hospital as a MRI tech.

I can't express how excited I am to be part of the 2016 Cowgirl Dreams Team!  

So let me tell you a little about me.  First and foremost horses are my biggest passion in life... Always have been and probably always will be.  God gave me horses for a reason and I thank him daily for it.  I was born and raised with horses. My mom was also raised with horses and I take after her when it comes to that... Well I take after her in a lot of aspects. She is one of my biggest supporters and the reason I have made it this far.  

But along with horses barrel racing has always been my favorite thing. I remember when I was probably around 12 I was at a open show and placed in the green horse walk trot western pleasure class with this mare I got off the track and trained myself.  My mom told me if I kept up the good work I could go to the AQHA Congress some day.  I specifically remember asking her if I could run barrels there too.  I didn't know at that time when you went to the Congress it wasn't like 4H - you excelled in one event not two events on opposite spectrum (western pleasure and barrels). I always knew I wanted to do barrels and was my favorite discipline.

After we moved to another town I got into barrels more and the rest was history.  I have been so incredibly blessed to have rode multiple champions. Some which I trained myself and some I rode for others.  Reflecting back I still can't believe all the goals I set and have accomplished.  I can't wait to work towards some more in 2016!  

I have multiple AQHA Congress Championships, multiple NBHA and IBRA world qualifiers, state championships and district championships and rodeo winnings.  God is Great and Dreams do come true.  But it didn't come easy it takes a lot of time, money and hard work. I gave up a lot of vacations and social events with friends and family for my horses. Instead of new clothes for myself my horses would get new things they needed or supplements. My horses seem to always eat better then me, get their nails and massages done way before me (which never happens for me lol) and any sign of discomfort they are heading to my vet, Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic.  

​                  (Image courtesy of Dottie Brugger)

Horses always came first in my life and they have helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. So when people want to know about me... I just say I have horses and I barrel race. It pretty much sums up my life!

If you see me this summer please say Hi, I love to meet new people!