Ann Szolas Snapshot

Ann Szolas

Age: 42

Company: Ann Szolas Barefoot Hoof Care

Family: Husband, Steve.

Hobbies: Horses.

OK, Other hobbies: Gardening and canning.

Anything else? “I like to ride quads. I like riding horses more though,” she said.

Continuity: Szolas grew up in the Wishkah Valley and still lives there. Her riding partner is her mother, who lives less than a mile away.

Injuries from horses: Nails ripped off of fingers, hair ripped out by teeth. ACL torn, then the same knee hyper extended by a kick. Lots of sprains, bruises.

True love: Szolas met her husband Steve 20 years ago when she and a friend asked him to come over and play darts. They have been together ever since. Steve’s commitment has withstood the ultimate test for someone married to a farrier: He’s allergic to horses.