Staff Spotlight: Courtney McNabb
Every month we like to introduce one of our staff members so you can get to know them better. This month, our Commercial Account Manager Courtney told us the remarkable story of meeting the mistreated rescue horse she’d end up owning for the next 18 years.
You won the lottery! What’s your first purchase?
First, I would pay off all of our parents’ debt! Then, I would take my daughter out of school and travel the world for a year or more depending on how much I won. First stop, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, then to Spain and Portugal! I want to show my daughter that the world is filled with so many wonderful people and horses!
Share one thing you love to do that you always strive to include in your daily routine.
I strive to be kind. A smile or just a kind word might change someone’s day or even life. We never know if the people in our lives or the people we come across are struggling with something unbearable. My five-year-old daughter says that kindness is magical. “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time” – Morgan Freeman
What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities?
Horses, horses and horses. I was born loving horses and begged for a pony at a very young age. My parents couldn’t afford it so when I was 12 I found a way and I started cleaning stalls in exchange for riding lessons. My parents told me that I couldn’t own my own horse until I graduated from high school, so the day after I graduated I bought my own horse. My mother thought the “hobby” would wear off. Well, I worked three jobs to pay for her and I had her until she died 18 years later. I rescued her from a field of mud that she was standing in up to her knees. No one could touch her and when I walked up to her, she put her head in my lap and I cried. She and I knew that we were meant to be together. She was my first true love. Now I have another wonderful rescue horse that has been with me for 14 years. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to live the dream of my childhood. “No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses” – Herman Melville
Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences.
Having my daughter was the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had. It took us five years to have her and I almost lost her once during pregnancy. I was on bedrest for months with her only to almost lose her again during delivery. Whew! She is the miracle of my life. We felt so blessed that we donated our remaining embryos and a wonderful couple had twins. Not only did I have the love of my life but we were able to give another couple theirs too!
What is your favorite Biggs story?
My daughter had her 5th birthday party this past summer which was naturally a My Little Pony party with very fancy foiled pony plates. We had a lot of cake left over, so I brought some along with the fancy pony plates to the office. A coworker, who shall remain anonymous, decided to microwave her lunch on a shiny pony plate. Little did we know that shiny pony plates are flammable in the microwave!
What does success look like to you?
Success for me is raising my daughter to be a compassionate person that knows who she is and can stand her ground even when it’s hard. Being her Mom is the most important job I will ever do!
You can find Courtney’s contact information on our Team page!