I have known what I wanted to do with my life since age seven. I think it is a true blessing to carry my childhood dream into my everyday adult life, always outside and always learning. At age 20 I discovered the farm and instructor that would guide me to my goals in the small town of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Carole Rose is a Grand Prix instructor and the owner of Isaac Royal Farm and has been teaching for more than forty years. In 2009 I graduated from the "Learners" program of the United States Dressage Federation with distinction. This is considered a high honor and enables me to proceed as a judge for the United States Equestrian Federation.
At Isaac Royal Farm, I rode as much as possible, usually six days a week, working with horses of all ages. I have experience in foal imprinting, ground work with young horses, backing young horses and bringing them up the levels. Carole Rose is in the process of producing a series of books where I can be spotted on the cover of book three, Backing the Young Horse. Through Carole’s aspirant program of balancing the rider I have graduated as an Aspirant Trainer. Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn on school masters and green horses, of all ages, breeds and unique personalities. I have backed countless young horses and especially enjoyed being with those horses all along the way. I also took part in organizing three USDF/USEF Recognized shows at Isaac Royal Farm per year. This understanding of how Recognized shows are run and being involved in show management has given me vital organizational and communication skills. Every fall, Isaac Royal Farm produces an annual equestrian theater performance that gave me familiarity in musical freestyles and choreography in quadrilles. I have many years experience teaching riders of all ages, even autistic and special needs students.
In January of 2010 I moved back home to South Carolina where I began training with Stacey Hastings as a full time working student. Stacey has had a great influence in my life, giving me the opportunity to work with all levels of horses including everything from three year old stallions to Grand Prix champions. My ambition, dedication and natural horsemanship has enabled me to become a balanced, “feeling” rider to produce supple, sound, upper level horses. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love everyday, to speak the language of the horse.