I’ve been training and teaching professionally for over 35 years. I started my professional career as an assistant instructor at Sunnybrook Stables for the University of Washington Experimental College. I taught six Beginning Horsemanship group lessons a week, each with 5 to 7 riders.
It was great experience and I grew as a rider at the same time, often riding six or more horses a day. It was my job to re-school the lesson horses when they became ring sour. I have also taught dressage for Everett Community College and Everett Parks Department. I have taught clinics for Snohomish County 4H, as well as judged their dressage shows including the dressage division at the Evergreen State Fair on three occasions over the years.
I have earned my USDF Bronze medal on a horse I trained myself. Subsequent to that, I did not show for 17 years after my divorce. I will be returning to the show ring in the 2019 season, competing my own and several clients’ horses. I have been trained all the way up the levels through Grand Prix and I will be pursuing my silver and gold medals beginning in 2019.
Debbie Dewitt has been and continues to be my long time coach and teacher. I have participated in clinics with some of the best in the world as well, including Kathleen Raine, Debbie MacDonald, Melle van Bruggen, Henrik Johanssen, Larry Brinker and many others. I still ride with Kathleen Raine and audit her clinics too, whenever I can.
I train out of Dressage Dancers in Woodinville, WA. Please head to the gallery page to see some lovely photos of our facilities.