I began riding when I was 10 years old at Maynard’s Pony Meadows in Vancouver BC. From here my passion for horses and the sport quickly developed. After only a few years I began helping in the barn, teaching stable management, and eventually teaching riding lessons on a regular basis. It was not uncommon that I spent my entire weekend riding, spending time with the horses, and helping with chores around the barn.
With over 15 years of riding experience and 10 years of teaching experience, in 2014 I decided to start my own riding school based out of Shannon Stables in Vancouver BC. Here I provide riding lessons to all levels, stable management lessons, and coaching at horse shows. In addition to Shannon Stables, I also teach at the Southlands Riding Club. This facility is best suited for more serious riders who are ready to progress through the levels and start showing. Please note that I will also travel to other facilities if requested. I hope to spread my love for horses while teaching the value of patience and respect needed in the sport. I aim to help my students reach their individual goals in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.
I have tested up to the Pony Club A Level and I am a certified Competition Coach through Equine Canada. I am also certified through Canadian Red Cross with Standard First Aid and CPR/AED.
I owe much of my riding school success to a very special horse, Torchy. I have known Torchy for about 10 years where we used to compete in the jumper ring together. Even after I bought my first horse and I was no longer leasing Torchy, he continued to be an important part of my life. Because of his gentle spirit and eagerness to work, in his older years it only seemed appropriate that he teach novice riders. Torchy instantly made an excellent school horse! He loves his job and often nickers when he sees his riders coming with treats.
At age 18 I purchased my first horse, Pharos DG. An imported Hanoverian gelding by Dream of Glory, I trained Pharos through the levels of jumpers and dressage. By 2014 I was competing in the 1.15m jumper ring and schooling 1.20m courses at home. Currently I am working with my new horse, Castello Z. A 4 year old gelding by Caballero, I bought him as a 3 year old unstarted stallion. I have since been working through the basic levels of dressage and jumpers. I look forward to a fun and successful show season this 2017!
In addition to working with my own horses, I have also worked and ridden throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and California. I have ridden in the Pacific Sporthorse Selection European style auction, worked at Equitop Farm starting young horses, and competed throughout BC in both the hunter/jumper ring as well as dressage. I have also participated in clinics with but not limited to Claudia Cojocar, Kyle King, Chelan Kozak, Lynne Larsen, and Jonathan Field.
I feel fortunate to have many mentors in my life. Pippa Emrick (Level 1 Coach) was my first trainer. She has been an invaluable support to my development as both a rider and horsewoman. Currently I train with Rebecca Garrard (Level 3 Coach) for dressage and Chelsea McNeil (Level 4 Coach) for jumpers. In addition to this, I have worked for and ridden under the guidance of Rick Maynard (Level 2 Coach and Canadian Olympic Pentathlon Coach) and Leslie Reid (Level 3 Coach and olympic rider). Margot Vilvang (Level 1 Coach), an important mentor, has helped me prepare for the Pony Club levels as well as for the Competition Coach Certification through Equine Canada in 2016.
Certifications and Qualifications:
- Tested up to Pony Club A Level
- Competition Coach Certified, Equine Canada
- Standard First Aid and CPR/AED, Canadian Red Cross