have been horse obsessed since I can remember! My parents finally gave
in and bought me riding lessons (after years of begging) when I was 9,
and I've been on the back of a horse ever since!
I began riding western at Winton Woods Riding Center, and then moved on to riding hunters at Teal Lake Farm with Donna Goorian when I was around 11.
I showed minimally and rode whatever I could, whenever I could! I volunteered at the barn and learned a lot of things like how to clean a stall, how to take a bridle apart and put it back together, how to wrap legs, etc... I eventually became a "real" barn employee at a variety of stables, and I learned a LOT from each of them - whether it was what to do or what not to do!
Eventually, at age 17, my parents bought a small 3 acre farm and I got my first horse! Over the years, the number of horses on the farm grew as did my skills. I rode with a variety of trainers, and studied horses and horsemanship constantly. I began teaching lessons for $15 to some kids in the neighborhood on a couple of very quiet horses I had at the time (Minerva and Sadie!) and also started fostering an interest in natural hoof care. My riding interests switched to dressage and I started really studying classical dressage theory. I also did a lot of natural horsemanship, but found it to be lacking in refinement and tried my best to refine it myself.
Eventually, when I was 25, it became time to move to a bigger farm and really pursue a serious career with horses. By this point, I was teaching and trimming full time had begun training horses as well. I was really gaining an interest in starting youngsters under saddle and teaching babies groundwork.
Whisper's first rides
Gretel working at into level
Now I'm 29, and am continuously working on furthering my education in dressage and barefoot hoofcare. I have fairly recently discovered the world of biomechanics in dressage, and the horses are telling me that it's the right path to go down with my riding! I will also be pursuing certification through the American Hoofcare Association this year, as well as competing my young mare at rated USDF shows for the first time. I am also fostering an interest in eventing... we'll see where that leads!