I grew up as a horse-crazy kid in California, I rode horses on the front of my mom’s saddle before I could walk and was showing by the time I was 5. Western events were always my favorite and I continued showing throughout my childhood and into my early 20’s in the all-around events like Western Pleasure, Trail, Showmanship, etc.
I met my husband, Warwick, a horse trainer, 28 years ago at a horse show (surprise, surprise). He got me started in the reining and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been lucky enough to ride (and own some) horses that allowed me to win world championships, Rookie of the Year titles and even represent Australia at the 2018 World Equestrian Games (Warwick is an Aussie and we lived there from 20016-1010 – enough time to get citizenship). So, I guess you could say I’m pretty comfortable on and around horses.
For most of our 25 year marriage, I worked outside of his horse training business in Human Resources (steady income + health insurance are something that most horse trainers don’t get!) I climbed the ladder and ended up being a Director of Human Resources. One of my favorite parts of the job was putting together training curriculum and presenting it to people who wanted to learn. I also spent some time as a consultant and did a lot of training for a wide variety of industries.
About 7 years ago, Warwick started putting horse training videos on Youtube and shortly after that he started an online video library subscription. It took off and 4 ½ years ago, I left my corporate job and went to work for him (which I was totally fine with and ready for). I was happy to run the business side of things and get to ride and show a bit more!
About 2 years ago, Warwick had some life and horse epiphanies which changed the training direction with the horses. In a nutshell, he went from being skills based to relationship based and it has been awesome. The changes in the horses are amazing and he is getting to share this with thousands of people all over the world through his online communities and videos. It has led me to become certified in Equine Assisted Learning and start meshing my passions of horses with teaching/helping people.
I am scheduled to go through Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead facilitator training program in June and I can’t wait to share what I can with you!