My philosophy is inspired by loving to see the learning process of horse and rider. I feel listening to both horse and rider is essential for a successful relationship. My goals for my students are individualized and are based on having fun and enjoying the partnership with their horse whether or not they are in competition. I take students of all levels, and horses that have at least a walk/trot/canter solid base of education.
I do attend shows, and enjoy the challenge that horse shows bring to the process, however creating a solid base to enhance the showing experience is more important than showing itself.
Member of RMDS, USDF, USEF, and the Chairman of the board of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, a non-profit organization focused on education and research to try to help people help horses be able to perform what they are asked to do easier and more efficiently.
I have competed for 23 years in dressage, and have earned my bronze, silver and gold medals. I was a member of the Region 5 NAYRC team for 4 years, 1995-1998. I have been fortunate enough to train with Carol Lavell, Hilda Gurney, and Kathy Connelly among others over the years. I have 2 kids, my son is 10, and my daughter is 5, so there is always plenty to do!
As my horse and I are primarily a jumper horse and rider combination, Nell tailored her training and teaching skills to focus on what was important and lacking in both my horse's movements and my riding position. Nell was aware of my goals and my horse's different talents and she applied her training, teaching and riding abilities in a very unique way with the results being a supple, happy horse who is jumping better than ever.
I enjoy riding with Nell because of her ability to focus on details without losing sight of the big picture. Let's not forget keeping it fun at the same time!
Nell is an excellent trainer and teacher. I was new to dressage riding and had had an accident on a horse several years prior to riding with Nell. Nell has enabled me to get over my fear with gentle but encouraging teaching. She praises me when I have done well which keeps me motivated to continue. I look forward to my lessons because they are fun. We laugh together when I do something that's not exactly what I should be doing. Nell has stuck with me through sick and injured horses, encouraging me to keep on learning no matter what obstacle I encounter
I have enjoyed watching Nell ride ever since she came to Singletree. As a rider and trainer, she has a high level of sensitivity for what will bring out the best in a horse. As a teacher, Nell is kind when she needs to be kind, and tough when she needs to be tough. She is tremendously supportive of all her students and is a real joy to have at the barn.