As a little girl, I overcame debilitating shyness through a connection with horses. After just a few years, it was so powerful that I dedicated my life to helping others get what I got. I started helping by teaching the younger kids when I was 15 to pay my way riding. I earned a B.S. in Equestrian Science, worked in the horse industry in various roles, and then ran my own riding school for almost a decade. When I was 32, I was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
Horses helped me through cancer in the most powerful way you can imagine. In part, it made me realize that what I had been going for all along, this difficult-to-describe notion of getting more through the riding lesson, was actually best described as “wellness”.
What I got through horses transcended riding because I applied what I had learned with horses to my life, work, and my human relationships. And I've been teaching that in one way or another for two and a half decades.
Most of what I do is encourage fun, and because it's more fun when your horse understands what you want, when you can function as a team, and when you realize that it's only you and the horse who've learned to communicate at that level. It's then the student is self-motivated to do whatever it takes to achieve that. And contrary to all expectation, they do.
I'm committed to getting these types of results, whatever that might mean for you, or any of our riders.
Founder, President, Head Instructor
William Woods University
Bachelor of Science, Equestrian Science
Summa Cum Laude, 1998
CREDENTIALS & CERTIFICATIONS
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International
Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
American Riding Instructors Association
Certified Level II, Saddle Seat, 1998
First Aid & CPR Certified, Adult and Child