I’ve been training and teaching professionally for over 35 years. I started my professional career as an assistant instructor 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 15 years after my divorce. I will be returning to the show ring in the 2017 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 2017.
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 La Casa de Los Caballos in Monroe, WA. Please head to the gallery page to see some lovely photos of our facilities. It’s the best barn around and I am proud to be a part of it!