Special to the Democrat
A series of challenges attempted to roadblock Tammy Sronce’s life, but she’s overcome every single one of them.
Born and raised in Perth, Australia, Sronce’s childhood was broken at the age of 4 when her father was killed by a drunk driver. She grew up amidst abuse, was kicked out of her home at 15, found herself in a physically abusive relationship at 17 and – due to the stress of life, work and putting herself through school – ended up anorexic and near death.
She had put herself through high school working at a horse racing stable. And with only a year to go on her Bachelors of Psychology, Sronce dropped out of Curtin University in Perth to take care of her health.
“That really left a hole in me,” she said.
And when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, her house burned.
“I had gone to the post office during lunch and I was on my way back to work, and I was speeding,” Sronce recalled. “A cop passed me, and I thought I was going to get a ticket, but he left like he was in a hurry somewhere. I thought, ‘Oh, lucky me.’ I got back to work and they told me I needed to go home, that my house was on fire. That’s where that cop was going.”
An electric blanket she had turned off, but left plugged into the wall, had short circuited and started the fire.
Ready for a fresh start, Sronce, then 19, was contemplating her future as she leafed through a horse magazine and spotted information about a job on a cutting horse ranch in Weatherford, Texas.
“I thought that sounded awesome,” she said. “I love Australia. I’m very proud of Australia. But if you love horses there is no better place to be than Weatherford. There is no other place in the world you can go to a cutting at Will Rogers one week and the next weekend to a World Paint Show and the next weekend is another event.”