I have owned and worked with horses my whole life thanks to my grandparent’s love for foxhunting passed down to my mother’s passion for horses and the belief in the training of life’s lessons through horse care and management. I feel privileged to continue my work within the equine industry as a tribute to what was begun by my mother so many years ago. I have shown and competed horses and ponies all over the U.S in dressage, eventing, hunters, and for pony club (National and Regional rallies).
As a young rider, I showed horses in Hunter & Hunt Seat Equitation, competed in Pony Club rallies and evented my 15h arabian/pinto cross to preliminary level. As a young rider, I had amazing opportunities to ride with some of the best instructors in clinics, lessons and through pony club mounted meetings and rallies.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Equine Science. Instead of continuing and pursuing vet school, I relocated to the South and have held many barn manager positions, using my degree and knowledge to successfully run eventing show barns. Starting as a young child to pay for lessons, I began as a “barn rat” working on weekends cleaning and taking care of horses. I attained my B rating through pony club under the age extension, having a chance to rejoin Hilltoppers Pony Club in Georgia as an older member and continue my education to the age of 25. My continued pony club involvement has enhanced my teaching practices to children of all ages.
I am comfortable teaching rider’s of all ages and backgrounds in either group, semi-private or private lessons dressage, cross country or stadium as well as starting and finishing horses of all ages and problem horses.
Continued lessons and training with other instructors (see Instructor list below) keeps me current and aware of my own education as a rider, trainer and instructor to help meet my own students’ needs. I competed my own pony club gelding, Hott Shott, at the USPC National Dressage Rally (1995) in Lexington, VA
As an event instructor and coach, I have personally competed at most of the Area I events, a few Area IX, and many Area III, IV, VIII events; coach at recognized and unrecognized events and continue to school groups of riders on the available cross-country courses.
- Julie Durette
- Lori Hoos
- Jason Canton
- Heather Smith
- Bunny Hendricks
- Jim Graham
- Janet Briggs
- Pam Kimble
- Sue Winslade
- Nancy Guyotte
- Betsey Reaves
I am a current member of the USEA and USEF and FEI. I have competed through 2nd level Dressage and Preliminary Eventing and bringing several OTTB and young horses through the levels. Member of the RRP makeover program and Thoroughbred Incentive Program.