As the daughter of diplomats, I discovered my passion for horses at the age of four when I saw two people riding horses down the road in Washington DC. I started riding at six and was inspired to focus on showjumping at the age of nine when I saw a young woman win a jumping competition in Vienna, Austria. I have had the privilege to receive riding experience in the United States, Austria, Italy, Israel, Canada, and England.
In 1979 I founded Riverside as a center for equestrian sport that included, coaching, horse training and breeding, and as a competition venue that also hosted an Equine Canada Symposium and the Paralympic Games.
Having acquired British and Canadian certification throughout my career I have had the pleasure to coach dozens of students who have earned provincial or national awards in hunter, jumper, and equitation competitions. Compelled to share my passion for horses with the next generation, I have volunteered at pony club as an instructor and was a coordinator for the BC Summer Games.
As a nationally certified Equine Canada judge, I continue to learn and share my knowledge and passion for horses and equestrian sport.
At the age of five I decided that I wanted to be a horse trainer. Growing up there was plenty of travel where I was able to pursue my love of the sport internationally. I have had the privilege of competing and training in South Africa, the UK, Canada and the United States; including with top trainers such as John Bragg (leading west coast hunter trainer) and Laura Balisky (Bronze medal Olympian).
Teaching for over 20 years I love to see my students become both successful competitors and compassionate horse lovers. Developing new talents and riding are my two greatest joys. With a degree in Psychology I emphasize understanding, communication and confidence for both the horse and student.
I love training at Riverside for its welcoming and encouraging environment for students and high standards in horse care and professionalism.
I’ve been riding since I was seven years old when I had my first lesson on a pony named Midget. Since graduating high school, I started riding for UBC on the intercollegiate (IHSA) circuit. I’ve competed at IHSA nationals winning two back-to-back Zone Championships and placed 4th in the Open Equitation Division at the 2018 Nationals.
Intercollegiate riding enhanced my horsemanship and team building skills and having the opportunity to work with the UBC Equestrian Team set a foundation for me to better share this passion with others.
At Riverside, I enjoy teaching riders of all ages, skills and aspirations. I am very excited to be a part of the Riverside team alongside some great instructors!
Raised in Richmond just minutes from Riverside, I started riding at 4 years old. Believing in the value of lifelong learning and growth, I continue to take advanced training lessons, teach, and participate in competitions. I have proudly competed as a member of the Riverside show team at all the major competition venues across the lower mainland.
Having been at Riverside for many years I have built a strong bond with my colleagues, fellow riders, and especially my students. I seek to challenge my students at their own pace that is also fun and relaxing. It is very important for me that all my riders, both children and adults, develop a solid foundation in their skills as an equestrian.
As a second generation equestrian, horses and riding is in my blood. Growing up I taught and competed in hunter competitions and in jumper competitions to the Grand Prix level. Many of my students have won provincial or national championships or awards.
No longer coaching and riding as a professional, I volunteer teach at Riverside and compete for fun. I am delighted to share my knowledge with developing riders and feel a great sense of satisfaction and pride by contributing to the growth and fulfillment of aspiring equestrians.
Our horse support team includes Laura Bradford, Rylee Cheeseman, Michaela Kloot, and Ally Rafter. We are extremely fortunate and proud to have these dedicated individuals who bring a personal and caring touch to the daily care of our beloved horses.
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