A Few Words About Us
When Roudy was in little britches he discovered his love for horses.
From his first interaction, he’s always had an undeniable connection.
Roudy grew up on a farm and his foster dad was a farmer and a farrier by trade.
His interest in farrier work began with his foster dad who he started learning the trade
from at just 13, In 1981, he went to farrier school in Texas for formal training. One of his
favorite experiences as a farrier was being able to work on horses at the
Two Hearts Ranch, a supplier of horses for western movies.
After that, he entered into the Army in 1982. During his time in the Army, he joined the Military Rodeo Association, rode in the IFR and the NFR. After he was discharged in 1987, he went to California and filled his pro permit in the PRCA. During that time, he continued his work as a farrier, training horses, and cowboying/ranching, then began his career in Civil Work.
After retiring from the rodeo circuit in 1996, Roudy decided to go to night school and graduated in 1997 with his Associates degree in Construction Management. He began as a heavy equipment operator and quickly became a foreman. From there, he worked his way up to construction manager/superintendent. All the while, he never stopped “cowboying”.
Besides his passion for horses, Roudy has a heart for Equine Therapy
for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While living in Louisiana,
he organized and hosted several rides for children with ASD. Having the opportunity
to offer horse therapy to children with autism is another dream come true.
Although he rarely has downtime, he also enjoys writing
cowboy poetry. In fact, several of his poems have been published.
Growing up in Florida, Tiffany’s experience with horses was limited
to casual riding. While she’s always had a love for them, she didn’t
experience how magnificent horses truly are until she met Roudy. It was easy
to understand his love for horses. Now, she shares that passion.
Roudy’s dream was to start a boarding and training facility and Tiffany
always had aspirations of owning a business. Their individual goals easily turned
into one goal, so they set out on their journey to establish Rainy Day Farm.
Although she has less equine experience than the rest of the team, Tiffany brings
a different element to Rainy Day Farm. With 10 years experience as a Paralegal
and more than 16 years experience in the banking industry including Branch Manager, outside sales and Compliance & Operations Manager, her knowledge and expertise in these industries has prepared her for successfully managing the business. Tiffany’s ability to manage the business side of the farm is vital to its success. Doing what she does best, allows the rest of the team to focus on what they do best.
Western Illinois University Equestrian Club where she was voted Treasurer.
She graduated with mathematics degree, and then took a seasonal side job
as a trail guide with Rockin' P Ranch in Pekin, IL.
After that, she decided to work full time with horses. Her first full time
job with horses brought her to Allendale, SC where she worked as a "loper" for a cutting horse trainer. There, she traveled to shows, advanced her riding,
and cared for approximately 30 horses.
After two years working for the cutter, Angie decided to move
closer to Charleston. She landed a job as an equine veterinary technician
where she learned more of the medical and handling side.
A few years later, she became interested in carriage horses and landed a
rewarding job with Palmetto Carriage Works. She worked as a barn hand there for two years until she was offered a management position here at Rainy Day.
Tatiana (Tati) Parker began riding and showing horses at the age of 5 in her
home state of Iowa. Starting with Short Stirrup competitions, she worked her way up to Junior Jumpers, and later qualified for several national finals.
Throughout high school and college, she spent her summers as a
working student for trainers across the US, including a summer abroad in the
Netherlands training and showing sales horses.
In 2016, Tati graduated from Lake Erie College with a B.S. in Equine Studies
where she majored in Equestrian Teacher/Trainer. For two years during college, she was Captain of the Intercollegiate Hunter/Jumper team. She was able to represent the entire Zone 6 Region 1 as the Cacchione Cup rider in 2015 and
2016 at the Intercollegiate (ISHA) National Championships.
In addition to her studies, Tati has participated in clinics
several top trainers including George Morris, Joe Fargis, Todd Minikus,
Archie Cox, Bobby Brown, Kim Barone, and more.
Before joining our family, Tati spent the last four years
working as a riding instructor for a local stable.
Tatiana (Tati) Parker