When Brennan isn’t riding, she’s busy with her growing business, Tracy Michele Designs. After being laid off from her job as a regional sales manager in the field of architectural lighting three years ago, Brennan decided to merge her passion for horses with her talent for sewing.
Recognizing a demand for custom items, Brennan began making saddle pads, stall drapes, quarter sheets and clothing. “As horse people, we’re always looking for something that works and something that is personalized,” she said. “They’re products that I wish I always had. Now I have a chance to invent some and customize others.”
Since becoming involved in dressage, Brennan was inspired to create custom stock ties and grooming skirts, which are some of her most popular items. She also creates custom side-saddle habits and special items that aren’t commercially available to side-saddle riders. “It’s a pleasure to combine my love of sewing and design, as well as the equestrian side of it,” she said.
While her business has been taking up more of her riding time lately, Brennan hopes to continue pursuing dressage with Beau and whatever else may come their way.
“I am so pleased and so honored. I’m so thrilled with Lisa for offering this award. I am so proud of him. Here’s this dorky horse that no one thought would amount to anything who won barely $7,000 on the track but had the personality and the good connections that everybody loved. He can prove himself in so many ways, and he amazes me daily. Everything I’ve asked of him, he’ll take a good look at it, think it through, and say, ‘Alright, let’s give this a try.’ He’ll walk over a cliff if I asked him. He’s just a testament to how adaptable the Thoroughbreds are,” she said.