I am a USDF Certified Instructor, and
a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist. I am a
faculty member for the USDF Instructor Certification Program
which allows me to serve as an instructor for the
Certification Workshops. I live in Carrboro, NC
and I teach and train out of a variety of different barns in
the Chapel Hill, Durham, Rougemont area. Occasionally
I travel out of state to teach clinics and workshops.
I enjoy working with all types of horses and riders at all
levels. If you are willing to learn than I will
do my best to teach you.
2013 will be a memorable year for me.
It was my first season showing Grand Prix with my horse
Foreigner and we received the necessary scores at GP to earn
my USDF Gold Rider Medal. Training a horse from the
beginning all the way through and up the levels to Grand
Prix is a long and bumpy journey. But, when you get
there it is something to be very proud of. It is true
that this journey can not be completed alone. My
support system consisted of, and still does, a vet and
farrier who work very closely together to keep my equine
athlete sound and healthy, a close friend who feeds and
cares for my horse daily and who knows so much about
nutrition, and a couple of trainers who had the insight to
know that I could do it! I will be forever grateful to
I continue with the venture of
training and showing sport ponies. The main source of
my "pony power" comes from Stibby-Me (a.k.a. Sweet Rock
Solid). He is owned by Louise Rascoe of Longview Farm.
Stibby is an imported German Riding Pony stallion, who I
have had the pleasure of training since his importation in
2006. My mission with ponies is to promote them as
competitive mounts not just for junior riders but for petite
adults as well. For more info about Stibby please
visit his website at
My philosophy, as a rider and
trainer, is that "anything forced and misunderstood can
never be beautiful". Therefore, I am a staunch
believer that a rider's seat and position is foremost.
As a rider learns to become a more effective rider he or she
is able to produce a quiet, supple, and obedient horse.
Whether your goal is dressage, jumping, or pleasure riding,
the end result each day should be a pleasant ride for horse
To name a
few trainers who have played a very important role in who I
am today as a rider and trainer I would mention Spencer and
Lalla Brewster, Karl Mikolka, Cindy Sydnor, Betsy Steiner,
Paul Belasik, and Gerhard Politz. I have ridden in
clinics with several other well known and successful
trainers. Never forgetting all the students and horses
who I have had the pleasure of working with over the past
years and who have taught me lessons on a daily basis.