Julie has been involved with horses with since she was a 4-Her living in rural Oregon. As a kid she competed in gymkhana events, showmanship and horsemanship.
She purchased her first reining horse more than 15 years ago and finished in the NRHA Limited Non-Pro Top Ten during her last year of showing. She took a break from reining in search of becoming a better rider and even more importantly, a better horseman. She competed in western dressage in 2012 but moved to Cowboy Dressage because "I'm still in love with westerns, cowgirls, cowboys and a great horses."