I was born in California where I first sat on a horse at the age of 6. My best friend wanted to take riding lessons and didn't want to go alone... So I tagged along and the rest is history!
My family moved to Flower Mound, Texas in 1991 where I continued to ride and I was quickly introduced to the competetive side of riding at Summer Tree Stables and Wagon Wheel Ranch. I became hooked and my parents bought me my first horse, Ditto, when I turned 12. He and began competeting on a regular basis in the North Texas Hunter Jumper Association where we won numerous awards together. In 1998, my family packed up and moved to Cumming, Georgia. Of course I refused to move without my horse, so Ditto came, too! We rode together at Star Ridge Stables under Stella Prescott where we competed in the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association until I went off to college in 2001.
I attented Berry College where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Business with a concentration in Finance. While in school, I rode on the Berry College Equestrian Team under coach Margaret Knight. In 2005, I was the Regional and Zone champion over fences and the Reginals Reserve Champion on the flat. I rode on to a 6th place finish over fences at Nationals 2005.
After college, Ditto and I moved to Gainesville Georgia where we found Rivendell Farm to be our new home. I started assisting the trainer, Rachel Abel, with lessons and before I knew it, I was the assistant coach for the Rivendell High School, Rivendell Middle School and North Gwinnett High School Equestrian Teams which competed in RIFNA and IEA. I was also the assistant coach for the Mill Creek High School equestrian team in IEA. I went on to coach at the 2009 and 2010 IEA National Finals. I have been a very active coach with IEA and was recently nominated to be the head of the Junior Committee for IEA Zone 4. I am also an active steward for other teams hosing IEA shows.
Besides IEA, I am also involved in showing at both local, A and GHJA sanctioned shows. I am still actively riding and showing myself. Over the last 2 years, I competed in the jumper ring with my mare, Roca. I have also ridden in the schooling and open ring with different training horses. Riding is my life, and I will continue to ride horses for as long as I can.
After 4 years of being the assistant trainer at Rivendell Farm, I was given the opportunity to become the head trainer at A Racing Heart Stables. It has always been a dream of mine to run my own facility and to become a head trainer,. I am excited to begin this journey on such a beatuiful piece of property. Ditto, Roca and myself look forward to the future at A Racing Heart Stables. I hope to create a high school and middle school IEA teams in the near future!!
Teaching students how to care for and ride horses is a strong passion of mine. I feel that it is best to learn how to ride all different types of horses and how to be competeive on your own as well. I like to teach students how to connect with their horses, not to just sit there and go for a pony ride. Care and safety are just as, if not more, important in riding and I will stress the care of the horses and the safety of the riders all the time.
If you would like a lesson, please call me at 678-787-0966.