Ripley, my pride and joy.

Ripley, my pride and joy.

Helen Ingersoll

I started riding at 11. But, before that, I can only remember myself longing to be with horses. I learned at a young age that they had something important to offer me; A quality Ive come to understand as generosity. Over the years Ive had the privilege to ride many horses and learn from many amazing trainers and instructors. Their input, along with the horses I communicate with, have helped hone a training philosophy that begins with personal responsibility. While Ive been able to compete at the FEI level in dressage and obtain my USDF bronze and silver medals, what Im most proud of is taking a horse that was terrified and unrideable and helping him to become the willing and calm partner he is today. 

Othello, who taught me how to train to the FEI level.

Othello, who taught me how to train to the FEI level.

 

My training practice is inspired by Greg Eliel, Joe Wolter, Susan Hopkins, Patrick Tigchelaar, and Catherine Haddad-Staller. I regularly seek coaching and education from these folks to help me to continue developing as a rider, trainer, and human being.