Monika is the president and founder of Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings. She is a long-time horse and animal lover and has been riding English since 1986. Monika saved her first horse when she was 20 yrs. old saving the thoroughbred horse from the slaughter.
Professionally Monika has her B.A. and MBA Degree in Marketing and Graphic Design background. She is also an entrepreneur who has owned several successful businesses including a small chain of restaurants and a French Bistro.
Melajim won his last thoroughbred race when he was 3 years old, he was won in a purse by a wealthy horse racer, but they did not care for him, they had many other much more expensive horses. Monika learned of Melajim from her veterinarian. He told her that they were going to send him to the slaughter, but she stepped in just in time to rescue him. He had a disease within his tendons when she first got him, he needed daily shots. Monika contacted the owners and saved her first baby. She nursed him back to health. She continued on, by riding him, competing and winning many ribbons in horse show jumping.
Monika has always had a love for horses and all animals her whole life and is a firm supporter of ASPCA and PETA among others. Monika has dreamed of making a home for horses, saving them and most importantly, just giving them love. Her heart is so big that there is always room for more horses in it!