Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 73

“A perfect day with the horses is just competing and doing well,” Elizabeth Brumbaugh-Quirk said. Elizabeth is a very busy young professional. She’s still competing in cutting horse events, designing and curating her own furniture collection, trying to put her family’s house back together after a raging flood, planning her company’s presence at the upcoming National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and planning for an addition to her family. Elizabeth has a long history with the NCHA. She first started riding cutting horses in 2001 at the age of 12. “I went to the first annual Whitney Welch cutting horse camp at Silverado. I started competing about a year after that,” she said. She hauled for the Youth World in 2007 and won the competition and was the reigning Senior Youth World Champion that year and also served as the Youth President of the NCHA. She then took some time off to attend both undergraduate and graduate school at Texas A&M. It was during graduate school that she and then-friend – now-husband, Todd Quirk – started dating. They had been friends for years competing against each other at cutting horse events. The couple married in 2012. They continue to compete against each other but neither is keeping score on who has the most wins. “We are both non-professionals and we continue to compete against each other. It doesn’t really matter so we both want each other to win a lot of money. That’s all that matters now,” she said. The couple split their time and their horses between their home in Denham Springs, La., and North Texas. Their home close to Baton Rouge was one of the many devastated by flooding in August of this year. Most of the homes in their town of 10,000 were flooded and the devastation is described as being everywhere with up to 70 percent of the homes taking in water. She and her husband have had to take their home down to the studs and begin rebuilding all from a trailer parked behind the house. But according to Elizabeth, “There’s a lot of people in our community that got it a lot worse than we did.” Luckily she has some experience with interior design and furnishings, working in her parents’ 50-year-old furniture retail store, Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings located on I-30 at the Linkcrest Drive exit just on the eastern edge of Aledo. Right out of school she worked NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 71