​​ Horsemanship

       I was born in Minot, North Dakota in July of 1993. My father was in the United States Air Force so a year later we moved to Enid Oklahoma, followed by Shreveport Louisiana shortly after that. My mom owned horses growing up and I took my first ride before I could walk. When I was five I got my first pony, Midnight, and like most ponies she taught me a lot. Not only did I have an instant  love for horses but I also had a passion for competitive gymnastics. After living in Louisiana for a few years my Dad's job forced us to relocated again, forcing us to sell our horses. This gave me more time to dedicate to gymnastics and I became very successful at it. I was nationally ranked year after year and was on track to getting a full ride scholarship to college before injuring myself  and ending my career. That was when horses became my whole life again. 

         Since I have always strived to be the best at what I do, I knew I had to find the right coach to help me improve my horsemanship skills and to give me the tools to succeed in this industry. So I dropped everything and went and spent time in California working for Jenny Sherbo at the Sliding J Ranch. While in California, I learned a tremendous amount about the horse industry, horsemanship, and how to be successful in this tough industry. I also left with partnerships that will last a lifetime. While interning with Jenny I got the opportunity to ride in the same arenas as some of the top NRHA riders in the industry and got the chance to ride and train top notch horses who taught me just as much as the trainers I was working with.   

         Upon graduation from the University of Akron, I decided it was time to branch out on my own and took a huge leap and leased out a facility in Medina, Ohio. There I built up a successful business of training both horses and riders. A year later I relocated my business to Acampo, California where I now train out of the Sliding J Ranch beside trainers Jenny Sherbo, Lyn Ringrose-Moe and Larry Trocha. I continue to expand my knowledge of horses and horsemanship on a daily basis and am honored to work beside such knowledgable and talented trainers. Jenny, Lyn and Larry have become such invaluable mentors to me and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me. 

Thanks to my sponsors!

Thank you to Continental Saddlery for sponsoring me and my business. They make by far the most comfortable saddles I have ever ridden in. All of their saddles are handmade in the US and the quality is amazing. They specialize in reining saddles but I ride in my saddle for everyday ranch work and even Cowboy Dressage.