I grew up in Michigan and began riding lessons at the age of twelve. My first instructor was a student of Violet Hopkins, so even though we rode hunt seat, I had some exposure to Dressage before it was popular in the United States. My formal Dressage training began in 1980 after I moved to Colorado and I began teaching and training in 1988. An illness in 1990 has kept me from furthering my riding, but I have continued to teach. I specialize in working with children and adults and I also enjoy working with adults who are either fulfilling a childhood dream to ride or who are coming back to riding. Working with children is what I do best, and I am proud to run one of the largest children's Dressage programs in the West. I am the USDF Region 5 Youth Council Rep, and I am involved locally with youth Dressage programs.
USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist
Member 2007 USDF Reg 5 NAYRC Team
2007 Capt. Andrew de Szinay Memorial Award
USDF Young Rider Graduate
1996-Present -Numerous -Year End and Championship Awards, Training -Prix St. George
I began riding at the age of three and over the years I have ridden in many clinics with noted clinicians such as Debbie McDonald, Conrad Schumacher, George Williams, Kathy Connelly, Steffen Peters and Jan Ebeling. I offer both training and lessons for horses and riders of all levels. I'm experienced in rehabilitating horses following surgery or injury. I believe that in my teaching and training, fairness to the horse is above all else. My philosophy is geared to the best ability of each individual rider and horse.
2007 USDF Prix St George Reserve Champion
2008 Fourth Level Open Reserve Champion
2008 Fourth Level Open Horse of the Year
2009 Prix St George Open Champion
2009 Prix St George Open Horse of the Year
I started riding at age 5 at our local riding school in Sweden. When I graduated high school I was accepted into one of Europe's finest riding institutions, the Flyinge farm in Sweden and received intense training from Kyra Kyrklund along with studies in equine science, nutrition and barn management. There I competed in dressage through Prix St. George and show jumping up to 4' 6" . When I graduated in 1996 I became a certified instructor. In Colorado I have earned my bronze and silver medals from USDF. I believe the ability to link horses and people through communication and technique creates a bond between horse and rider that builds a mutual respect and understanding. The best moments happen when consistent, patient training results in the "light bulb" moment and the student and the horse become one.