Our Founder

"All great things begin with a vision...a dream..." - Estee Lauder -

A BRIEF HISTORY

That is exactly where Wilde Child began...with a vision that took on a life of its own. Shilah started on this amazing journey, with a simple idea and it became so much more...A place where she has grown and been challenged to dream bigger than she imagined possible. Where she hopes to inspire, enlighten and unite those who are also seeking to follow their own dreams and find purpose within themselves.

Like a lot of horse crazy girls, Shilah loved horses from before she could walk. She could not get enough, and grew up spending my summers as close and as often as possible to her four legged passion.  Instead of outgrowing it as some do, her passion just kept getting bigger. She had dreams of being a vet, a jockey, a trainer, a barrel racer...anything to do with horses. Shilah loved the competitive world, and started to compete in gymkhana and barrel racing as soon as she was old enough to ride her horse to town.

Without a lot of support from family, this left her having to dig deep to find a way to believe in herself and her passions. And, without a way to transport her horses, she got to places the only way she knew how and that was on horseback. 

During these years, she competed in various other equine disciplines. Everything from halter classes, and western pleasure to team penning and roping were on her agenda. She spent many summer days riding in the mountains, and was fortunate enough to get to experience ranch work as well.

For much of her life, Shilah has also been a passionate entrepreneur, and started her very first business breaking colts and working with problem horses at the age of 15. From that point on, she never looked back and went through the school of hard knocks as a business owner in numerous industries, gaining experience and life lessons on the way, but always coming back to horses.

Later on in life she settled down, and due to moving for work and raising a young family, she put the competitive part on hold until recently.

Like everyone though, life does not unfold without some struggles, and set backs. When Shilah was finally able to come back into the competitive side of the equine industry, she realized things had changed. But more importantly she had changed. The belief and confidence she once had, seemed to have been stifled overnight. With just what felt like a few short years of not being actively competitive and involved, she felt like she had lost a part of herself.

It took some really deep soul searching for her to realize, it hadn't been lost just that she had changed and evolved. She had become more humble, a bit wiser, and maybe a bit less confident because of, well just life....Shilah began to realize she needed to begin to believe in herself again. She needed to allow herself to DREAM like she did in her younger years, that it was ok to evolve. Once she began to do that, not only did she start feeling more confident competing, but her creative ideas really started to flow. During Shilah's eye opening experience, she also began to realize she wasn't the only one that had experienced this evolving....

Struggles help shape a person, and show you how strong you really are. Through these struggles, Shilah has learned much about overcoming adversity and personal growth. When things got especially rough, she was drawn to healing work on herself. This has been a cornerstone to overcoming many challenges in her life, and she continues to build on it and is now sharing her knowledge and abilities with others.

"We all have that little part of us that needs encouragement, and sometimes suffers from self doubt...we aren't alone out there in the arena, in the industry, in the world...I hope to encourage you to believe in yourself, know that you are good enough, and you WILL succeed because you are made of great things. You deserve for your dreams to come true".

You are Cowgirl Fierce...

Shilah Harmer