Though I mostly work as a young-horse trainer and wrangler, I've also spent a good chunk of my younger years competing in jumping and 3 day eventing. My jumping career started in 2008 on a pony that granted me the freedom of jumping bridleless. Through this pony, I learned just how tight a horse-rider bond can be through the power of focus and timing. From Cody the pony, I graduated to an untrained 2yro 18hh American Warmblood that I trained myself and eventually competed with in 3 day eventing at training level.
My education comes from several jumper trainers in California including Greg Best, Robin Denega, Michelle Mahoney, and others whose names flee me now. I desire to expand my knowledge around jumping and dressage and continue to do so via video and sharing advice from other riders.
I began starting colts in 2006 under the late natural horsemanship trainer, Deb Cooper of Santa Cruz California. I worked under her guidance for 6 years putting the first ride on horses of all ages and breeds. My technique includes ample groundwork to develop a language that will translate into my riding.
I understand the importance of routine in developing a young horse's work ethic and fitness, yet also realize the importance of keeping activities fresh and rewarding.
Type of Ride Work
First-ride, trail, basic suppleness, obstacles, patterns, jumping, etc.
Competed years ago in 3 day eventing. Now I mostly engage in colt starting and trail riding, but would love to compete again someday.
Areas of Expertise
Working with children
Working with the disabled
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