From the February 2018 Issue, Photos by Haley Hatfield Photography
Sabrina Brown lost her parents at a very young age, and was relocated to Augusta, Georgia with her sister.
“This happened to be the home of the Army base Fort Gordon,” she said.
“Seeing the Soldiers and how they carried themselves and the pride they had always caught my attention,” she said. “I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be a woman of strength. I wanted to serve my country.”
Sabrina joined the Army at 17 years old.
“I had chosen the only combat job open to women at that time and without realizing it, had also became the first women to do so,” she said. “I am a Stinger Missile Operator.”
“My job is to engage and destroy hostile aircraft with a shoulder fired heat seeking missile. Since joining, I have successfully proven women are just as capable to work in a man’s world and, even more, to become leaders.”
She deployed to Iraq at 18, and served overseas for 12 months.
In 2014, the Army selected Sabrina for Recruiting Duty. She has been an Army Recruiter for Cincinnati, Ohio for the past four years.
“As of December 22, 2017, I actually transitioned into the Army Reserve after 11 years of being full time and will be doing tack building full time,” she said.
Sabrina owns and operates Wild Cactus Tack, a custom horse tack company that she started in 2015.
“After sumbersing myself into the equestrian world whenever I could outside of the Army, I realized the wonderful world of horse tack. Not just tack, but glitzy beautiful tack. Horse tack that made you stand out and allowed you to customize to your personality and attitude,” she said.
“My creativity made me want more. I wanted sets that I had not seen yet, but could easily imagine, thus creating the idea of becoming a tack maker.”
She didn’t brand her ‘hobby’ until 2016, when she developed the name and logo for Wild Cactus Tack.
“The idea behind the name of Wild Cactus Tack came from my love of cactus and how I associated myself to them,” she said. “One of the most hardest plants on this planet and despite the harshest of conditions it comes from, it continues to not just survive, but thrive.”
And she has done just that. With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, Sabrina and her wild tack items are in high demand.
“Our Black Beauty tack set is by far the most requested set. Hand tooled red roses and embellished with jet black Unicorn Hide makes it a classy and showcasing piece,” she said. “At this time each set is made to order.”
Unicorn Hide is Sabrina’s own unique creation, developed from her love of bling and luxury.
“Wild Cactus Tack is known for our unique tack and leather as well as our signature Unicorn Hide,” she said. “Unicorn hide is a crystal rhinestone based hide we inlay in most of our products. It can be customized in color, patterns, and more to compliment tack sets.”
The second most popular item in her shop is the Unicorn Halter.
“They range from your standard rainbow unicorn to customized ones to match your horse specifically,” she said.
Sabrina started her business a little over two years ago, and she still can’t believe her own success.
“If you had told me then I would own a business and not just that, but a successful one I would have never believed you,” she said. “Since Wild Cactus Tack has started I have had the opportunity to do things most can only dream of.”
She was given the opportunity to create NFR awards for the women’s barrel racing, and has partnered with several social media influencers to showcase her brand.
“I have partnered with some of the most influential and creative people out there, had my work apart of the 2017 NFR awards with only one and a half years of being established, and had the opportunity to personally create meaningful pieces for so many wonderful people around the world.”
The twenty-eight year old from Rushville, Indiana can’t wait to see what her future has in store.
“I am, for the first time in my life, free to follow my dream,” she said. “Considering how much I have accomplished in such a short amount of time, I am hopeful for the future of Wild Cactus Tack & Leather.”