I started riding seriously at 16 years old, taking lessons at a hunter barn. I attended Lake Erie College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies Teacher/Trainer in 1994. While in college I regularly competed on the IHSA Hunt Seat Team and recognized dressage shows, events, and hunter/jumper shows. My required internship was completed at Tempel Farms under George Williams where I fell in love with dressage. Upon graduation I took several working student positions to further my experience in riding. Gail Carmona, Oded Shimoni , Alex Chterba, And Gigi Nutter are some of the trainers I was able to work under.
I have spent many years freelance teaching and working out of several farms. My riding experience consists of riding in hunters, eventing, and dressage. I have started several horses under saddle and restarted many off the track thoroughbreds. I bred and raised my current show mare. I have done all the training entirely myself and earned my USDF Bronze and Silver Medals on her. I have many year end awards through the DSDCTA, the GDCTA and the NWFL Chapter of the DSDCTA. My students have won year end awards in the hunters with the Middle GA Hunter/Jumper Association. They also have year end awards through the DSDCTA and NWFL Chapter. I stress a correct position in my teaching. A correct position makes for a safer more effective rider and a happy equine partner.
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