I grew up on my family’s farm in northwest Georgia, just south of Chattanooga Tennessee. I found my love of riding on the back of our neighbor’s retired high school rodeo horse trail riding around the valley with my dad.

 

At the age of 12, I began taking formal riding lessons and began showing at local hunter jumper shows. A year later, I was traveling across the southeast showing on the circuit. For the next six years, my parents dedicated their time to helping me learn from experienced professionals and advancing from the beginner Long Stirrup divisions to the Equitation and Medal classes as a junior rider.

 

Eager to expand my realm of influence and immerse myself in all things equine I moved to Lexington, Kentucky upon graduating high school. There, I earned a B.S. in Equine Science and Management and a minor in Digital Media and Design from the University of Kentucky. During my time at the University of Kentucky and since graduating, I enjoy spending weekends showing in the Adult Hunter divisions and working towards my goal of competing in the International Derby and Performance Hunter divisions.

 

My love for showing Hunters is driven by finding joy in the details and the incredible feeling when they all come together to create an effortless looking round. As my horsemanship journey unfolds, I am continually learning new approaches to obtaining the seemingly effortless connection between my horse and myself. This pursuit has allowed me to widen my horsemanship knowledge far beyond the traditional teachings in the Hunter ring and develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to best educate myself and, in turn, my horse.

 

Through both riding and everyday life, I challenge others and myself to see the opportunity to learn in every situation. Even if the end result is learning what you do not enjoy doing or what not to do, there is always a chance to learn and grow better because of it.

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