I started riding at age 3 and entered in my first dressage championship at the age of 6 on my pony who was in one word a “character”. From then on horses have been my passion. I competed through the FEI pony levels, graduating to the NAJYRC Championships winning 2 gold medals, 1 silver and the Fiona Bond Award of Excellence. In 2006 I competed at the Young Rider World Championships in Germany where I placed 4th in the world. Europe was an eye opener in many ways. Consequently I moved to Europe in the Spring of 2009 spending the next 4 years training with some of the top coaches in Sweden and Holland. My objective was to both learn and teach myself to bring through to the Grand Prix level my then 5 ½ year old Dutch Warmblood Gelding, Vitall, that I purchased as a 5 year old in Germany.
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Dressage is held on the Global Dressage grounds where I spend most of my time competing. Again the facility is “state of the art” with superb footing in the rings which gives the horse and rider great confidence. There is a “one of a kind” covered arena, the main CDI stadium and various other arenas for warm up and competition. Apart from the Grand Prix CDI’s the national shows, which run during the season, enable younger and less seasoned horses to obtain ring time to build competition awareness, familiarity with spectator venues and the judges comments undoubtedly help focus the riders on their horses strengths and weaknesses relative to adapting their training programs.
During the period I was fortunate to compete again at the Young Rider World Cup in Frankfurt and at Achen, Germany among many other events. Wishing to be closer to my family in Canada the decision was made to move to Wellington, Florida as it offered European level competitions. Thus in December of 2013 I left Europe with 6 horses, 2 dogs and multiple horse trunks. It took a little time to adjust to the US/Florida culture and weather after spending 4 years in Europe. But I am delighted with the move. Wellington has a great sense of community and my horses have all settled in after their first Florida (wet) summer. My mini Wellington oasis is a 5 acre property with a 14 stall barn situated ten minutes from the show grounds that my family has leased. The environment is both peaceful and relaxing for myself and the horses.
Wellington has its social side (time permitting) with a range of fine restaurants that will suit any critical palette. The Coach House needs no introduction as the primary party venue for Wellington’s equine set. I am very much looking forward to the 2014/2015 Wellington Season, visiting with my contemporaries, old friends from Europe and most of all continuing to learn and challenging myself and Vitall to be the very best we can be.
I am competing at the Grand Prix level with Vitall and I am progressively bringing forward the younger horses which I will campaign during the 2015 Winter Season. Teaching is also a passion as I find it enormously rewarding to see students light up with joy when they master movements and click with their horses.
Published on Dec 29, 2014
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