Working for your Dreams

Emily Tuma uses her social media platform to inspire and motivate others to reach their dreams— all while chasing her own.

By Abigail Slaubaugh

For Emily Tuma of Bend, Oregon, being in the saddle has always been rewarding. But setting and achieving goals is what keeps the horsewoman coming back to the barn time and again, and she’s realized the story of her own journey had power to inspire others in pursuit of their own lofty dreams as well. Originally launched to help Emily track her riding progress aboard The Perfect Machine, her 2010 chestnut overo gelding, Emily’s Instagram has since grown to more than 14,000 followers who find inspiration in the horsewoman’s posts.

“If I had not have been involved with horses all my life, I would not have the grit or perseverance that it takes to set goals and see them through,” Emily said. “Having horses can not only teach you to set goals, but to also check-in with yourself to see how you are going to reach them.”

Emily has learned—and grown—throughout her journey with Bentley, and she continues to push toward new aspirations while supporting others and sharing tips for effective goal setting.

The Journey

Reaching a goal is a process. Typically, setting smaller, more obtainable goals helps you find ways to reach the larger ones you’ve set. They also give you a boost of confidence in your journey, Emily says.

“Say your big goal is a world title, but you just started showing. Meet your first goal, while keeping the bigger one in your mind, but keep adding to the smaller goals,” Emily said.

“First, identify the goal. Second, identify your strengths and weaknesses. From there, it is a matter of using every ride as a chance to reach a small goal,” Emily explained.

The process of setting and achieving small, measurable, attainable goals is what eventually helps us reach bigger ones, Emily says.

“If you have the confidence being built all the time, you’ll be ten steps down the road and think about how you’ve reached this really large goal of yours,” Emily said.


This is an excerpt from the full article—get the whole story in the Fall 2021 Chrome magazine, which is sent to all current APHA members. Not a member? Join or renew at apha.com/join.


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