Having been in the industry for over 30 years, I feel I can offer a very diverse ability to problem solve from many perspectives. I have had the great fortune to learn from some of best horsemen and women of the day, and held positions from farm manager to apprentice saddle maker (at Schleese Saddlery Service), to Technical Director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation as well as running my own successful boarding/training facility. I have received bursaries from the CEF (now Equestrian Canada) for Talent Identification on 2 occasions, and have been on the organizing committees of both provincial and National Dressage Championships. I have competed in Dressage on my own horses as well as those of clients and coached students to National Championships at the Jr FEI level.
More recently, I have spent time honing my skills and studying French Classical Dressage at an in-depth level as a student of the Philippe Karl School of Légèreté (Lightness). Licensing as an Instructor of this School (2017) will uniquely qualify me as an internationally recognized expert in Classical French Dressage. Occasionally, I am asked to judge local dressage shows and I love to encourage correct riding at the grass roots level.
I am also a Certified Canadian Western Dressage Judge and Certified Equine Ergonomist, specializing in Equine Biomechanics as it relates to saddle fit.
My beautiful imported PRE (Pure Raza Espanol) stallion Soberbio XII and I have entertained and inspired audiences with exhibitions of Classical Dressage as well as Natural Horsemanship Liberty demonstrations, such as in the equestrian production "Hippike" performed for 14 days running at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, ON, Can Am Equine trade show, Equine Extravaganza, and many more.
Today, I enjoy free lance coaching and spends time with my family horses and ponies encouraging my 3 kids to follow their dreams!