The main workday is usually over around 3 p.m., and then Gillespie helps do night check for all the horses at 7 p.m.
Though she admits living on the property and being on call 24 hours a day can be taxing, Gillespie wouldn’t trade her job with the Peterses for any other.
“I would never want a 9-to-5 job,” Gillespie said. “They’re going to have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming. Steffen and Shannon rock. They really do. They’re really cool people to work for, and they’re always doing nice things for people. Whenever I’m in dire straights about something, they help me out. They paid the vet bill for my dog when he was really sick because they knew I couldn’t afford it. We really are a team around here. Steffen’s competing in Germany [with Ravel at the Aachen CDI] soon, and you can bet that at 3 in the morning, we’ll all be gathered around watching together.”
This is the second article in a weekly series about barn managers and grooms. Every Wednesday in July we'll publish a story about one of these invaluable behind-the-scenes employees. Learn more about what it takes to get top professionals into the show ring while everything runs smoothly at home.