I've always had an undescribable love of horses. Growing up I played horses instead of barbies and would always tell my friends that someday I would run a big horse farm. At the age of 12, I bought my first horse, Diablo. Over the years, I've trained with many different trainers in many different disciplines (English, Western, Dressage, Breaking/Training). I settled in the English world and incorporate John Lyons techniques in my training and have an unexplainable ability to understand how the horses think. Instead of just telling my students what they need to do, I teach them why they are doing it and try to deepen their understanding of working with the horse.
I was born into the horse world and I wouldn't have it any other way. Like my mom, I have a strong tie to horses and feel a deep connection to them. I was on a horse's back before I could walk and started competing in leadline at age 2 on my first pony, Raisinette. My dad and I would always stand out from all the other kids in our western attire. As I got older, I moved up to Short Stirrup with my pony, Milkshake. He still lives on the farm and now has the rewarding job of teaching other little kids to ride and love horses. I then got Dixie (who was supposed to be a re-sale pony, but at the age of 12 I fell in love and had no intentions of letting her go anywhere else). We showed in the hunters and when I got too big for her we gave the pony jumpers a go and were successful. As a sophomore, I bought one of my current show horses, Howie. When you come to visit the barn, you'll know him when you see him. He's the sassy one who thinks everyone is there to see him. We compete in the hunters, along with my other horse, Brew. In addition to riding under my mom's instruction, I've ridden with other trainers to further my knowledge because I believe there is always something new to learn. I started teaching at 14 and incorporate my mom's methods of understanding what the rider is doing and why. My favorite aspect of riding is breaking and training a young horse. I pride myself in being able to take a green horse who doesn't know much and teach it what it needs to know. I love teaching children especially and I don't think there is anything much more rewarding then seeing them smile as everything comes together.