Born and raised on a family farm outside of Louisville, I was
a tomboy and daddy's little girl. My father taught me how to ride the Ole
fashioned way Get On! I was lucky enough to have 2 1/2
TWH and 1/2 Saddlebred mares that I hacked around on and thoroughly enjoyed.
My parents made me chose a sport that I could excel in and sad to say
horses were not it ,due to a lack of money in those days. I chose DIVING.
I dove springboard and platform for 13 years and achieved Elite Athlete
status in college. The pressure and training to complete in events like
the Junior Olympics and SEC Championships is where I draw my Show Mind
from. Which paid off for me and my amateur trained Paso Fino mare this
past summer in the show ring.
After college it was time to get a real job in my degree field which
was Graphic Design. Well I did a internship in Lexington and ran
a small Thoroughbred farm in Georgetown, Ky. Learned a lot of classical
training background from the owner and A LOT of what not to do. I
found what not to do very interesting because it clues you into behavior
problems humans have engendered into horses ,rather than the horse being
responsible for it.
Alas, I was homesick and back to Louisville I went. There I replied
to an ad in the paper for a horse drawn carriage driver. I got the
job. That was 9 years ago, Today I run my own horse drawn carriage
business with my father. Buena Vista Carriage, named after the first
saddle I ever had.
While driving carriages I meet my good friend Clare. She had a
gentleman that she rode horses for that needed a rider. I rode every horse
he put me on and passed "his" test. Not only was he
retraining me but he was also teaching me to train ,work and listen
to a horse. This training is
ongoing. I will never even come close to knowing all but I will at
least try. Dealing with horses is a
continual education process, especially dealing with the gaited breeds.