Brenda Joyce is the best selling author of fifty-four novels and several novellas. Born in New York City, she fell in love with horses as a young child, when she went to visit her aunt’s farm in New Jersey. Always an athlete, Brenda decided to move west to spend more time biking and hiking, and in 2002 took her first adult riding lesson on a hunter jumper. She became obsessed, and one horse became many.
In 2003, Brenda bought her first reining horse, an Arabian gelding named Firestorm. She did not know what reining was, but had quit the hunters due to a number of riding accidents. She heard reining was a challenge, so she decided to give it a try.
Brenda will be the first to admit that reining is the hardest sport she has ever participated in. It is certainly the most humbling! Brenda was determined to learn how to ride—and to learn how to rein. Brenda quickly became addicted to the journey of “hooking up” with her reining horse, and the highs and lows of competition. One reiner became many. She began showing in the Arabian horse world, her goal to eventually win the Amateur Reining Arabian National Championship. She accomplished that in 2009. And it was time to move on.
Brenda rides with Ricotta Performance Horses In Cave Creek, Arizona. After years of hard work, with unflagging determination, she has become a successful Non Pro and the successful owner of several Open horses, including Colonels Splashy Gun (Intermediate Open Derby Champion, 2014), Surprise in a Dark Alley (NRBC and NRHA Derby Finalist, 2012), Mizzfire (Futurity Intermediate open Finalist 2012) and See U Saturday Night (Futurity Open Finalist 2015). The owner of both Wimpy’s High Bid, LTE $153,000, and Star Spangled Whiz, LTE $175,000, she is now dedicated to promoting both stallions, while launching her own small but selective breeding program. Her goal is to produce offspring as exceptional as their sires, that is, her goal is to produce offspring with great minds, great talent and great looks: open horses that non pros can show and ride.
Brenda is married to fellow Non Pro Frederick Christen, who is as passionate about Reining as she is. Between the two of them, they share two non-horse related businesses, three twenty-something adult children, three German Shepherd dogs, a Siamese cat, two homes and two farms.