I began riding at the age of 7, and have been very involved ever since. I started out in dressage, then did some hunters, before finally falling in love with eventing. I have a good bit of experience with young and green horses. My mare, Felicity, was the first horse I started from the very beginning. I got her as an unstarted (borderline feral!) 2 year old in 2008 and competed her through 2nd level dressage, schooling 3rd and 4th level movements. She was also a very talented and scopey jumper, I intended to event her but she didn't quite have the bravery for the upper-level cross country. Never the less, she took me successfully to both my C-3 and my B traditional USPC ratings/certifications. I eventually had to make the tough decision to sell Felicity, as my goals were in eventing and hers were not. She is now a fat and happy hunter and brood mare in North Carolina!
The horse that gave me a taste of the big leagues was Willie. He was an absolute saint of an ottb, a total dream boat and gentleman, with big heart and a lot to give. In his first season competing at recognized horse trials he finished on his dressage score at each novice outing, placing in the top three every time, with a commanding win at Richland Park horse trials on a 27.5. From beginner novice through preliminary he never incurred a single jump penalty with me on cross country. When the time came, I decided to find him a home competing at the lower levels. He enjoyed a season kicking butt at BN with his new girl, before becoming a professional dressage queen with an adult amateur. All he does is win! (And foxhunt!)
I spent many years as a working student/groom for Allie Sacksen. At von Sacksen Eventing I gained a lot of valuable experience training young horses as well as riding the upper-level horses. I was lucky to be her groom for numerous international events, including Rolex in 2015! Though we parted ways in 2016 I will always count my time with her as invaluable to making me the horsewoman I am today!