I began seriously riding at age eleven at hunter farms in Monmouth County, New Jersey, showing the “A” circuit for three years, doing barn work, and riding off-track thoroughbreds for my trainers.
I worked my way through college as a full-time riding instructor and assistant barn manager at the "Meadowlands Riding Center" for Captain Edward Bimberg, retired United States Calvary Captain, from whom I also received steady training. This farm was rated as one of the top ten stables to ride at by “New York Magazine." At the end of three years of employment, Captain Bimberg rated my work as “Outstanding."
I graduated from Montclair State University in 1986, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism.
After working professionally as a technical editor for seven and a half years, I taught seventh and eighth grade English at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mt Ephram, NJ. During this time, I continued to reschool and compete my own off-track thoroughbreds. A couple of years later, I moved to Monroeville where I have been teaching, training, and buying and selling horses on a moderate scale since 1993, as well as raising a family.
Over the past few years, I have been very fortunate to pursue steady jumping training with Olympic veteran and eleven-time United States Eventing Association's Leading Rider, Phillip Dutton.
Over the past fifteen years, I have consistently continued my personal training under FEI-level dressage riders, Olympic Eventing Team Medalists, and Advanced Level Three-Day Event riders, including Jill Hennenberg (1996 Three Day Olympic Silver Medalist) and Laura Vandervliet (former assistant to Phillip Dutton and Advanced Three Day Rider).
My dressage training has been under USEF “R” and “O” licensed judges, including steady work with Richard Ulmann, international FEI level trainer, who has earned the Silver Medal of Germany.