Mission



To establish a loyal relationship with clients regarding the education of their young horses. Ability to create training programs that recognize the individual horse and its natural talent, in order to enhance performance. As athletes, advancing horse and rider alike, focusing on physical and mental longevity in the purist form of the sport.

Philosophy


Since the age of five, there was never any doubt that I would continue a career in the horse industry.
As my various stages of education developed, I had an affinity for breaking, starting, and re-training horses of many breeds. Taking note from a variety of influential experiences, my program is unique in my ability to access the horse through several different techniques, including biomechanically and behaviorally. Understanding how the horse’s body and behavior answer to training stimuli, my programs are tailored to each horse depending on its specified needs.

My education spans working alongside industry professionals, such as, rehabilitation facilities, non-profit rescues, massage therapy, and trainers of many disciplines. 
My experience with exercising racehorses, polo ponies, and competing in the dressage, hunter, and show jumping arenas, has provided much needed intel into the mentality of each sport. Each discipline holds a unique perspective on performance expectations, of which I have combined the many facets into one training philosophy. In doing so, I have cultivated an innovative approach to the training of young horses.

Young horses are the foundation of our sport and industry.
To better serve us and them, my training programs cater to the horse as an individual, no matter breeding or circumstance. In my experience, many of the horses that come into my training programs have difficulty coping in their show environments, or training atmosphere. It is in everyone’s best interest to “rehab” these types of horses, instilling confidence and proper basic riding principles for them to continue further in their respective discipline, or change disciplines altogether.

An assessment of each horse is performed to pinpoint their learning style and to which approach they respond best, in order to formulate a program. Most of my methods stem from operant and classical conditioning, to improve on the psychological aspect while complimenting the physical aspects of competition. Rather than diminishing over time, these building blocks enhance performance while competing up the levels. In the long-term, I wish to see these horses in the distant future, still successful in using their abilities to advance the sport.

When it comes to starting and breaking young horses, it is paramount to begin their education in such a way that does not diminish their personality and natural instinct, but improves upon it.
Too many times I’ve watched horses come back from “30 days broke” completely indifferent, scared, and more than a little unsure of themselves. The foundation that was created was rushed and sloppy, at best. These horses look to the human for basic social cues and guidance from simple leading on the ground to working as a team under saddle. The more effective the communication in these early stages, the better overall training becomes in the short and long term. And in this industry, the quicker the horse learns, the faster it gets you to where you ultimately want to be.

When I ride a young horse, I want them to be able to think for themselves, but also look to me, as the rider. When questions arise, I am not just expecting everything on blind faith. Horses are fight or flight, which makes their actions unpredictable.To instill unnecessary fear through only discipline causes fear and uncertainty, eliciting the instinct to flee. However, with the horses I’ve started, I applaud their raw feedback. Later on, I know the questions will cease in frequency because the horse has placed trust and understanding in its duties. And with better understanding, comes better and cleaner performance.

From pasture to show ring, my goal is to become a competitive leader in young horse development and performance in the United States.
Taking a page out of the book from our European colleagues, I have united their long-standing tradition with a modern twist. Europe is a well-founded empire steeped in young horse tradition. After seeking out internships and further education in England and France with professionals of several disciplines, I researched into the basis for their success. There is a reason the United States imports most of its show stock from countries abroad. My intention is to improve on these standards in the domestic equine industry and in doing so, passing on a newfound legacy for young horses in the equestrian sport in the United States.

A special thanks to the owners and breeders, who make it all possible. With your continued support and dedication for streamlining the breeding industry to the highest of standards for producing young stock, we will become a force of contention on domestic soil.