shell abbott was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #02 on february 15, 2014PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS february 16 2014 preshoot - wardrobe selection - maricopa, arizona february 23, 2014 hidden valley, arizona december 7, 2015 hidden valley, arizona - joint shoot with american cowgirl #1AUGUST 10 & 12, 2018 thunderbird farms, arizona The actual image which was THE inspiration for shell ’s painting was taken in hidden valley, arizona
IwasborninArizonaandsincetheageoffourhavebeenonafarminthetownofMaricopa.Ihavehada passionforhorsesaslongasIcanremember.Wealwayshadanassortmentofanimalsonthefarmbutthe horsewastheonethatprovidedmewithfreedomandstrength.Ithinklearningtorideandworkwithsucha large animal as a young girl taught me more then I will ever know.Irememberbeggingformyfirstrealhorse,notlikethe30-yearoldhorsethatbelongedtoeveryoneandhad diedafewyearsback,nowIwantedoneofmyown.Iwastoldyes,butonlyifIboughtitwithmyownmoney whichdidn'thindermeonebit.So,aftertwoyearsofyardwork,bakesales,anddoortodoorsales,Ifinallyhad awhopping$700!IpurchasedmyfirstRegisteredAppaloosa,withnospotsandithadaturnedoutleg,atan auction.Evennow,whenIthinkbacktothathorseitbringstearsofjoy.Shewasfast,alittlecrazy,patient,and asan11-yearoldthat'swhatIwanted.Iwasn'tstrongenoughtoputasaddleonandmymomdidn'thavenear thetimetoputitonmy16.1handhorseeverytimemyheartdesiredtoride,whichwaseveryhourofeveryday. So,IlearnedtoridebarebackdoinganythingandeverythingIcould!Wedideverythingtogether,andwhenIgot in trouble there was nothing worse than getting grounded from my horse. Asanadult,Istillgetthesameloveofridingandpleasurefromjustlookingatandtouchingmyhorses.Iamnow adogtrainerandraiseGermanShepherdsonmyfarminThunderbirdjustoutsideofthecity.Mydogs,Ithink, lovethehorsesasmuchasIdoandgowithmeoutriding.Dogsandhorsesmightnotbethesame,butlearning toworkwiththehorsesasachildtaughtmethatsizedoesn'tgetinthewayofwhatyouwant,it'sallaboutthe techniqueandattitude.Iliveonly2milesfrommyparentswithmyhusband,doingwhatwelovearoundthose we love.
Growing up, my Mother was very open about the evils in the world and she wanted us to be aware of it, pray about it and do what we could to help stop it. I have been fortunate and personally driven to support several nonprofits over the years but the fight against human trafficking has been deep rooted in me. During my teenager years, my sister and I raised $4000 to help an organization whose goal was to free girls from captivity from the perpetrators of these horrific crimes against humanity. There is a movie that was recently released called Operation Underground Railroad that was made by OURRESCUE.ORG. It is this organization that I hold so dear to my heart and I am proud to be our American Cowgirls Ambassador to this Organization and to continue to support their cause through our Corporate donations.
shell shares the difference thatthe american cowgirls projecthas made to her cowgirl life
Samson is Shell’s pride and joy. She had bred her appaloosa mare with a leopard appaloosa stallion from the south valley. After Samson’s birth 18 years ago this July 1st, Shell spent many a year in developing him to be her wonder horse. She broke and trained him and with his wonderful temperament is amazing around children and a pleasure to ride. Shell now has his daughter but for now, nothing compares to her bond with Samson.
shell owns her own dog training company
out of the shell dog trainingShell has been gifted in many ways and one of her specialty areas is her ability to work with all animals from horses to training dogs. Shell’s Mother raised purebred German Shepherds and it was at a very young age that she realized she could ommunicate with the dogs. By the time Shell was 13, she was training those German Shepherds in 4H competitions. She took her extensive knowledge into the business world and she managed two Pet Club stores. From there it became apparent that she would focus her time in helping pet owners to properly train their dogs so they could bond in a loving relationship with their pet. Shell continues to enjoy her success in dog training as well as her Cowgirl way of life.