Over 40 years of experience training horses to ride. I specialize in wild/unhandled horses. We train from the ground up to riding and/or driving. I’m shifting the focus of my training program to driving, but will also offer saddle training. Horses trained here leave with excellent ground manners and work ethic, and exposure to lots of experiences.
I offer training which includes ground work and round-penning. I offer horsemanship and equine care as part of a 90-minute lesson. I strongly believe that if you cannot handle the horse on the ground, you shouldn’t expect that you can under-saddle or in harness.
On top of training horses and horse people, Wyndover Farm actively rescues equines in need. We are NOT a rescue, but I do offer discounts to rescues. I post progress and training videos and welcome questions and discussion.
Currently, I’m developing an Internship. This is an unpaid Internship that offers education in riding, driving, training green horses, handling foals, and as well as training to improve horsemanship. Internship offers you hands on experience as well as riding and driving lessons. (I currently do not offer reinsmanship lessons.)
I started riding when I was 3, got my 1st pony when I was 6. I got my first green training project when I was 9 and started training (in exchange for cleaning stalls) with a classical dressage trainer. I was also started jumping and eventing.
At 12, I worked for a Thoroughbred racing barn. I retrained the retired and slow to be hunter jumpers. I did this for 4 years, but not as a full-time gig, I trained when they had someone for me to work with. I also began training for cart driving. I rode and drove two Welsh ponies.
At 13 I trained my first two wild horses. (Assateague Island) ponies rounded up at Chincoteague Island. I gentled, desensitized, and trained the ponies to ride.
By 16, I was schooling 1st level with the green horse I’d finished training. We were jumping 42″ (bareback). After a move to FL and a brief break from horses to focus on school.
When I was 18, I worked at an Arabian Show barn. There I focused on reversing damage done in the show ring. This is where I really developed my love and skill for training horses with people problems. I worked through the bucks, and bolts, as well as better developing the mind of the horse by introducing him/her to a calmer, quieter way to train. No chains needed.
At 20, I purchased my first unhandled Thoroughbred and trained her from ground up, working with a dressage trainer and a jumping coach. I started competing at this point (aside from 4-H shows as a kid). I boarded at a very large facility (110+ full sized horse stalls) and during my time there I retrained a dozen or so ex-Thoroughbred racers and giving lessons for the rider to continue with the work I started.
At 26, I took a four-year hiatus to travel the country and find a spot that fit me the best – I fell in love with WA.
At 32, I returned to training, again working with Arabians and warmbloods. In 2007, I purchased a Warmblood of color to be my dressage/jumping prospect, unfortunately, he was diagnosed with wobblers at 9 months…..now he’s 12 yo and as beautiful as ever. I also rode several lease horses (mostly Thoroughbreds). During this period I offered riding lessons and spent my training time working with troubled horses.
Then in 2012 we moved to a larger facility where we board, train, and again offering lessons. I became very involved in the Rescue Horse process. I’ve had several horses from bad circumstances come for rehab, retraining, and rehoming. We are NOT a rescue, though we do offer discounts for rescued horses.
We continue to rescue, and have three Yakama Mustangs on site now, for gentling and training.