<P>RANCH HORSE JOURNAL JUNE 2016 25 L LAURA AND ROBERT MUCCI ARE HELD TOGETHER BY LOVE – LOVE of each other, love of the horse and love of a lifestyle they enjoy together. The Muccis live in Pearce, Arizona, a town so small it is usually referred to as Pearce/Sunsites (they had to put a slash in there to combine two towns to make it big enough to count as one), on 10 acres of land surrounded by seem- ingly endless open range. There they have five horses, each other and a lifestyle they both love. A Tennessee native, Laura says she cant remember when she didnt love horses. She grew up riding and showing, but her equine love was shelved for many years as her army career and mar- riage took priority. When she divorced, she bought and showed a cutting horse. She also attended some of the earliest Versatility Ranch Horse clinics held in the east, some 15 years ago. I didnt have a horse at the time, because my horse had died, but it was in the back of my mind that if I had a horse again, thats what Id want to do, she says. Robert grew up on the East Coast, but got to Salt Lake City as fast as he could. There he lived for more than three decades, enjoying skiing and long-distance ocean sailing. A friend introduced him to horses; in his first ride, he promptly fell off. Undeterred, he decided to try again on a different horse. About 30 minutes into that ride, I got bucked off, he says. Fortunately, I kind of spun around and landed on my feet. I knew at that point that I had been harpooned in the heart – that was what I wanted to do. And so he did – he gave up his other hobbies and began seeking riding opportunities and learning more about horses, despite a divorce of his own. Along the way, he says, he acquired two horses, his new wife and a completely dif- ferent lifestyle. Laura and Robert met on an online equestrian dating site 12 years ago. First they exchanged emails, followed by phone calls. The telephone calls went from once a week to three times a week, then three times a day, Robert says. Finally they decided it was time to meet, and the chemistry was quick – in six months time, they were married. After living in Salt Lake City for several years, they made the big move to Arizona, seeking a warmer climate and a less chaotic lifestyle. Robert works at Cochise Community College as a business analyst, working with people who want to start or develop a small business, specializing in agriculture, international trade and federal government contracts. Laura does transcription work, and also worked at a cattle ranch. The Horses I WAS STRUGGLING WHAT TO GET MY WIFE FOR A WEDDING present, Robert says of a decision made a decade ago. I fig- ured the smart thing to do would be to let her get her own wedding present – a horse. Life, By Andrea Caudill JIM JENNINGS Robert guides his Bobs Pistol Prom over a bridge.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a 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