From the time that she was old enough to recognize what horses were, they fascinated her. She started riding at the age of 8 at Little Hope Ranch in Conyers, GA. By her early teens it was obvious her love of horses wasn't a passing phase. So, early in her high school years, we bought Charger, a half Arabian half quarter horse gelding that looked like a Morgan. He was all black except for a white crescent moon patch on his forehead. She said he looked like a "midnight charger" and the name "Charger" was given.
Melinda went to summer horse camps and learned English Equestrian riding (huntseat and dressage) as well as Western pleasure (stockseat) rising. She chose Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC because they had a collegiate equestrian team. For the four years she was in college, she competed in both the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) and the ANRC (Affiliated National Riding Commission). She competed in regional and national competitions, mostly on the eastern seaboard of the US. She actually got an athletic scholarship in riding while attending college, where she double majored in Chemistry and Math.