It takes a while to distill a lifetime of experiences into a resume but some key points are:
Experience Hunting, Showing, Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Side Saddle, Racing, Driving & producing young horses. With ribbons from nearly every competitive discipline in UK!
Started driving horses at 14 as a weekend job with a BDS member. Taught my first horse to drive at 15 as a solo project & quite a few since. With 35 years experience I enjoy teaching people how to train horses and drive!
Competed successfully in both Show Jumping & Eventing at National Level in UK adding more serious dressage training as eventing evolved requiring better dressage scored to be competitive.
Was a veterinary technician in a predominantly large animal practice working extensively with horses.
British Horse Society Trained Instructor. A very comprehensive curriculum & many exams!
Instructed and judged for Pony Club at Rallies and Camps through "B" Level in Showjumping, Dressage and Horse Knowledge & Care.
focused on dressage after health issues prevented my jumping. Trained through F.E.I. Prix St. Georges before previous injury enforced retirement from competition & riding at this level.
Instructed for the Riding for the Disabled Group in UK. A great foundation in becoming a creative & communicative instructor as well as giving back to a sport I love.
Managed one of the largest saddlery stores on East Coast of US. Problem solving is one of my passions so finding solutions and providing good customer service were things I particularly loved.
Competed at successfully at local level in Eventing & Show Jumping.
Competed successfully in dressage at Recognized Level in US.
Created Musical Freestyles and Quadrille Rides for myself and others.
Competed successfully in dressage sidesaddle riding against astride competitors.
Many ribbons & awards before deciding to focus on teaching which was really my passion- sharing knowledge. I love helping my students put all the pieces together drawing on all these years of experience. I'm blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see the big picture & how all the details fit into it but still open to learning more.
Peer reviewed Barefoot Trimmer with over 14 years experience.
Have empowered many students in attaining their goals in many arenas in both skills and competition results.
Board Member of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association. Member of US Equestrian Federation, US Dressage Federation, British Horse Society, My Ladies Manor Driving Club, Carriage Association of America, American Driving Society.
Richard Meade- UK Olympic Gold Medalist 3 day eventing.
Marji Armstrong- Coach Australian Dressage team, founder of Classical Horsemastership International, International classical dressage clinician.
Charles De Kunffy- International Dressage judge, author & clinician who taught Gunter Seidel and Steffan Peters (both USA Olympic Dressage Team members)
Walter Zettl- Chef D'Equip of the Canadian 3 day event team & dressage clinician
...& of course the many horses I have been fortunate to ride
...& people who have believed in me & helped me along the way.