I started riding when I was four-years-old at the Hunterdon County Equestrian Center located in New Jersey. We later moved to Massachusetts where I continued my riding with Carl Catani at River Wind Farm, John Dougherty at Briggs Stable and at age nine I was sent away to pony club camp for the summers. I was incredibly fortunate to be given my first horse, a former nationally ranked working hunter champion, in 1987, with whom I learned alot. As my love for horses grew so did the expenses. I became a working student to pay for my horse's board and lessons. After High School I went on to Harrogate in N. Yorkshire, England where I attended the Yorkshire Riding Centre becoming BHS certified under many great and successful trainers such as Jane Bartle-Wilson and Christopher Bartle, owners of Yorkshire. Chris was the dressage trainer for the British Event Team at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney games. He is also the German National Eventing Trainer since 2001. Jane has trained many top riders including Karen Dixon. She was also the Chef d'Equipe to the British Dressage Team 1993 - 2000 .
When I returned to America I worked for a few sale barns (one being David Hopper in Amenia, NY ) before attending Fulmer International in Aiken, SC owned and operated by Robert Hall, DBHS, with whom I trained and studied under for nearly two years. Mr. Hall was the dressage trainer for the British 3-day event team at the Stockholm Olympics in 1959, where the British won team gold, and again at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He then trained the British Dressage team for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and 1968. In 1969 the British Horse Society awarded him the Diploma of Honor in recognition of his work with Britain's Olympic teams. He also trained for many years as a young man with the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. In the mid 70s , Mr. Hall closed down his very successful Fulmer schools in England and Scotland bringing his knowledge and expertise to America.
I continued for many years training and working for sale and show barns on the East Coast. Teaching beginner students thru advanced and bringing along horses from start to finish. Now, as an independent trainier, I continue to train and compete, specializing in young and problem horses, hunters, jumpers, equitation, eventing, dressage and retraining of race horses. (I feel my experience galloping thoroughbred race horses for reputable trainers over the years has given me a better understanding and insight in retraining them as show prospects.)
Riding and working with horses since 1981, I’m a dedicated professional who is a hard working, responsible individual and always proficient at what I do. I’ve been and continue to be successful as a competitor and coach on the local to AA circuits, along with USDF and USEA rated competitions.