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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