I am a proud San Diego native but in 2006, my family moved to Costa Rica where I took my first horseback riding lessons. I quickly fell in love with all things equine. My instructor was unique in her teaching style and I learned to ride with tack but I had to master every new skill with little to no tack. This method helped me develop a balanced seat and a feel for when my horse and I are moving as one or when we are disconnected and moving separately.
I was extremely fortunate to have parents that supported my sport/passion even though horses were new to all of us. Shortly after moving back to San Diego, my parents purchased my first horse, Phil. Together we accomplished many things but one of our highlights was winning our 2nd level junior rider circuit in 2014 when Phil was approximately 20 years old. With my horse advancing into his senior years, our Dressage career quickly faded and I moved onto other similar interests.
In 2017 I began studying for my PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification which I completed within the year working at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The courses necessary to complete my certification heavily relied upon being able to break things down into the simplest mechanics of both horse and rider. This breakdown of movement reinvigorated my love for Dressage. The same year I began working at Steffen Peters Arroyo Del Mar for one year and was able to study and learn from top riders. These educational years led me to starting my own training business in 2020.