Event in which you compete: Show Jumping, Hunters, and Hunter Derby’s
Hometown: Huntergon County, NJ, USA
Number of years riding: 29 years
Career accomplishments to date:
• 1997 Grand Champion Washington Int. Horse Show
• 1997 Leading Lady Rider
• 2009 Champion at Hampton Classic
• 2007 – 2010 Champion or Reserve at major shows such as Olde Salem Farms, Saratoga, Skidmore Horse Show, Lake Placid Horse Show, New York, Hampton Classic, HITS Shows, Middleburg Classic, etc.
How you got started in your event: I was lucky enough to know people who had fancy horses and wanted me to ride them. I had my own horse and people liked the way I rode, so people started asking me to show their horses.
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Three years
Favorite Ariat product: The Crowne Pro Tall Boots
Proudest career moment: 2007 Grand Hunter Champion at Washington International Horse Show with John French.
Tell us about your first horse: My first horse was a chestnut mare Quarter Horse. The very first time I rode her she ran away with me, but I was scared to tell my parents that she did. So I told them that I loved her because they had finally decided to buy me one, and I was afraid if I told them what had really happened they would not let me have a horse. Her name was Harmony. She taught me a lot.
You ride because: I love it!
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Trainer at Sea World.
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Rodney Jenkins
Favorite place to travel: Germany to look for horses.
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: When I get to a show and use a particular port-a-john or stall in a bathroom I can only use that same one the entire show… for good luck of course.
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Play with my dogs. I have three French bulldogs and a Corgie.
Good luck charm: This is kind of a joke, but I have to say it because we joke about it all the time. It is my husband!