I am a freelance riding instructor that travels the north Atlanta area teaching and training both children and adults. I have been teaching since I developed a passion for it in Pony Club when I was 16. I love my job and hope that comes through in my teaching and training. Nothing pleases me more than when I see a student "get it" or have that "a-ha!" moment. Then I know I'm doing my job.
I am a graduate HA Pony Clubber from the Sunshine Region in Florida. I grew up riding with National Examiner, Janet McCune and her husband, and jumper course designer,Robert McCune. Under their instruction, I competed in hunters, jumpers and equitation, as well as competing through Training level eventing. From there, I earned by B.S. Degree in Equestrian Studies and Business Admin. from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. After college, I became passionate about dressage. I became a working student for dressage trainer, Lisa Kulski. There, I furthered my education by riding horses of all levels and honing my teaching skills. After leaving Vermont, I worked as an Assistant Trainer for Hunter/Jumper rider Pat Sikorra. There, I helped grow the lesson program and take students to shows. After a few years, it was time to break out on my own. With the help of my family, Letter Perfect Stables opened in 1996. It was a full service riding and training facility with a 21 stall capacity. My students, many of them Pony Clubbers, competed at local dressage, h/j schooling shows and events. I also had the opportunity to work with USDF Certified Instructor, Jean White. I am so thankful for the opportunity to train with her and on a fabulous horse she had at her facility. I learned so much! In 2003, we decided to move on to where I really wanted to be. I sold the farm and moved to Georgia.
After a short hiatus, I began teaching for Tawn Edwards at Willow South in Alpharetta. I worked for Tawn for 7 years while also cultivating a clientele of my own. While there, I was able to gain vast experience teaching. I believe my time there gave me the insight I needed to become the instructor I am today.
For many years I worked with USDF Certified Instructor, Barbara Handley. Barbara has been a great teacher, friend and mentor. She has helped me with numerous horses and I can't thank her enough for her patience and expertise. Currently, I clinic with Betsy Steiner and Conrad Schumacher every opportunity I have.
My current mount is Drogon, a locally bred registered Friesian Sporthorse. He has three lovely gaits, is smart as a whip and is a pleaser, for sure! We enjoyed success in 2014, winning the Training level open division through GDCTA. IN 2016, we had success at several USDF/USEF recognized shows at First level. As he builds strength, we have our eye on Second level this year.
As a rider and instructor, I know that I am never finished learning! I participate and audit as many clinics as I can. The more I learn, the more I can pass on to my students.