About Me

Slaughter Pipeline QH mare and the surprise filly.
Now my husband’s favorite mounts.

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 horses 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.

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