My qualifications to teach young horses and students include graduation from Morven Park International Equestrian Institute’s (Westmoreland Davis) Summer Program and then their intensive twelve month Riding Instructors’ Program in Leesburg, Virginia, schooling to 3rd Level Dressage and Preliminary Eventing. I was privileged to train with Tad Coffin (Double Gold Olympic Medallist), Bruce Davidson, Gunnar Ostergaard and Raul de Leon, among others. During the 1991 Graduating Ceremonies, I was presented with the James Barr Silver Perpetual Trophy which is still held in the Morven Park Trophy Case.
After graduation, I competed in the Eastern United States, placing Fourth in the U.S. at Training Level Dressage in 1991 for the U.S. Dressage Federation Young Riders and First Place in the State of Virginia. I also placed Tenth in Virginia at the U.S. Dressage Federation First Level Dressage.
Upon returning to Canada, I taught approximately 75 students per week at North Shore Equestrian Centre in North Vancouver, B.C. for two years. My students came from a variety of backgrounds, including Melissa Stubbs (who has stunt doubled for Goldie Hawn), Ashley Judd and Alicia Silverstone (she needed the riding skills for her role in the movie “The Crush”).
In the late 1990’s we purchased our farm in Quesnel, B.C. to start our own training and sales barn. It is a work in progress!