I grew up in Northern California on a horse ranch. My mother was a riding instructor and my family was heavily involved in horse related activities, including Endurance. My first ride was 25 miles at the Gold Country Endurance Ride when I was twelve. I did not get hooked immediately. I started really riding in the sport in my early 20's after purchasing my first competitive horse, a half-Arab half-Appaloosa gelding named Kiefer. My goal was to complete the Western States 100-Mile 1 day trail ride more commonly known as the Tevis Cup. Since then, I have completed "Tevis" multiple times and accumulated over five thousand AERC miles. My one FEI race was a 1* in Bogota, Colombia where the horse I rode earned Best Condition. I've also started competing in Ride & Tie competitions, most notably the 2018 Championship.
I want to share the adventure of Endurance with as many people as possible. The world is full of opportunities to ride and there is not enough exposure to the sport. I aim to increase awareness and inspire through education and by sharing my personal experiences.
Meet the Team
My horses are my team.
TSF Fools Gold (Pyrite)
Anglo-Arabian Gelding (6/2006)
Py was born on the homestead. He has been my main horse since turning five years old. I fondly remember watching him grow up with great reverence for his speed and strength. I began to think he would be the one to break my back because he seemed unruly, but this horse has taken great care of me on the trail for over two thousand miles of competing.
Arabian Gelding (8/2001)
Rex is the consummate professional and is relatively new to my heard. He's a little older but takes his job seriously and handles all of my Ride & Tie competitions. He has had many different people ride him in competition, including in the Tevis Cup. One of the strangest things about Rex is a multitude of white spots all over his body that some people call bird catcher spots.
Arabian Gelding (03/2013)
This horse is more famous for pushing a barrel around than for his time on the trail. He's tall, sexy and charismatic, but still very new to Endurance. Building up a young horse means both making physical strides as well as investing in their mental preparedness. I think the biggest challenge with Busy is instilling confidence in him.
Whether it's learning about the sport, finding the right horse, or coming up with training program I believe the network of people around me are willing and able to help you out. I heard it best when someone asked me, "what do you want and what are you willing to do to accomplish it?"