Trained to third level in dressage, beginning to school fourth level movements.
Second generation horse professional.
"A" Pony Clubber
Several working student positions for top eventing and show jumping trainers.
Duties of Current Occupation
I currently operate a small lesson and training business where I travel to my client's barns/homes. I am also currently developing my own horse to begin competing her in eventing and I hope to develop her into an Advanced horse.
Equine Work Experience
20 years of experience showing and riding. 12 years of experience as a professional trainer and/or instructor.
Assistant Manager and Assistant Trainer at Lyndon Rife Dressage for one year.
Assistant Trainer and Head Coach at Breakwell Stables for three years.
Assistant Trainer at McRae Stables for four years.
Barn Manager and Head Trainer of personal training business located in the Monterey Bay Area for 4 years.
Developed riders from their first lesson to competing at Prelim
I am about to stay in the UK for the next three months to study classical dressage under two different masters. I would like to have a dressage-focused job lined up for when I return to the states so I can continue to focus on improving my dressage work. I prefer classical training techniques over the typical show-focused training techniques.
I have shown in Show Jumping up to the "Mini Prix" (1.30m) level. In Eventing, I have shown and placed strongly at the Advanced level (cross country phase is 1.19m, stadium is 1.24m and dressage is equivalent to third level). I have shown at dressage/USDF shows from training level up to second level. I am beginning to learn and practice fourth level movements such as haunches-in and half-pass.
Type of Ride Work
Starting horses under saddle, including a couple wild mustangs for the American Mustang Rescue and Rehab Association.
Training horses to do basic lateral movements like the leg yield and shoulder-in.
Starting to teach a horse the basis of collection and extension.
Using cavaletti for horses at every stage or discipline to improve their proprioception and help reinforce proper collection and extension techniques.
Using cavaletti or small jumps to train lead changes
USEA Reserve Champion Preliminary Young Rider of The Year
Qualified a horse for Rolex
Competed for five years in show jumping up to 1.30m
Top placings in Hunter Derbies, speed classes, gambler's choice, and mini prix
Qualified two horses for the Young Horse Event Trials
Qualified a horse for a CCI*** event
Earned top placings at the preliminary level
Came in top five at a CCI** event
Areas of Expertise
Working with children
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