Event in which you compete: Show Jumper
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Number of years riding: 35 Years
Career accomplishments to date:
• 2008 USA Team Gold Medalist in Show Jumping
• 1992 Held the highest jump of 7ft, 9.25in
• Won over 50 Grand Prix
How you got started in your event: In the little town of Springfield, Ill., that was about the only kind of riding that was available.
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Five years
Favorite Ariat product (by name): Monaco Field Boots, and I like some of the Western products, too.
Proudest career moment: Standing on the podium in Hong Kong at the 2008 Olympics to receive the Team Gold medal.
Tell us about your first horse: It was a hot little Thoroughbred mare named Glenda Joe. She won eight of eight classes at two different horse shows. She was a little unruly at times, but those are the same kind of horses I like today.
You ride because: I love to ride because every time you get on a horse it is a new experience. There is nothing like the experience of pure horse power.
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Tennis player.
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Rodney Jenkins and Bernie Treuric
Favorite place to travel: Up in Business Class. Anywhere in a truck with all of the horses behind.
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I cook the best Baby-Back Ribs West of the Mississippi.
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Play Tennis
Good luck charm: When my kids are in the stands watching me compete.