Recipient of :
The Dressage Foundation Major Lundgren Instructor Grant (2021)
The Dressage Foundation Maryal & Charlie Barnett Continuing
Education for Instructors Grant (2018)
"Competitive riding should be classical riding at its best."
- Charles de Kunffy
I am a USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level, a USDF L Graduate and I have my Bronze Medal as well as other Performance awards.
I grew up in St. Charles, Illinois and had the pleasure of calling Lamplight Equestrian Center home where I was a working student for many years. I began riding Hunter/Jumpers at the age of 12, and transitioned into Eventing- where I found my passion for Dressage.
I have been fortunate to train with many notable trainers, such as: Conrad Schumacher, George Morris, Bodo Hagen, Anita Wright, Betsy Steiner, Sarah Martin, Beverly Rogers, Natalie Lamping, Radu Marcoci, George Theodorescue, Lilo Fore, Jennifer Hoffman, Nick Wagman, and Kathleen Raine along with others.
I believe that riding is a lifelong learning process that promotes constant evolution and growth. I use a holistic approach to riding and training, incorporating the horses physical and mental well-being to make sure training is positive and rewarding for both the horse and rider.
I am a certified Masterson Method Practitioner (MMCP). Since starting the program, it has enabled me to approach horse training and instruction from a whole new perspective. It has improved my eye on the ground, as well as my feel in the saddle for issues and limitations that need to be addressed. Horses are such stoic creatures and do not complain when they are hurting, and many times we do not fully understand why we are having training issues.
Horses have always been my therapy, my teachers, and my best friends. I have amazing clients of all ages and disciplines, some who love to go to shows, and some who just enjoy my help in building a partnership with their equines.
"Once a mind has been stretched by a new idea, it never returns to its original shape."