I’d be lost without: an assistant at the ring with me.
As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: the amazing team Beacon Hill has evolved into over the years.
As a horsewoman, I work to improve on: always caring for the horse and improving with the times.
The hardest part about showing in the equitation ring is: running your own race and not getting distracted by the subjectivity.
The most rewarding part of my job: helping young riders achieve their goals
My favorite horse book is: Very Young Rider.
My favorite non-horse book is: anything by John Grisham.
I’m a sucker for: a conventional horse that makes the least amount of mistakes.
People may not know that I’m actually: very organized and love ’80s music. I also love target practice.
On Mondays, you’ll find me: running errands and going out to a nice dinner.
I sometimes wish I had the time to learn: to play golf.
I’m afraid of: retirement.
My absolute favorite show is: the Washington International when it’s in D.C. because it’s a very level playing field with the restrictions everyone has.
The horse people I most admire are: John and Beezie Madden because I learned so much about strategy and scheduling from them. Also, my first trainer and great friend to this day, Valerie Renihan. I learned work ethic and perseverance from her.
Something I say ten times a day is: put your heels down and have a nice flat, strong back to create a solid foundation.
One of my favorite horse show memories was: running into Patrick Swayze at Madison Square Garden the night before I won Maclay Finals in 1987.
One of the best horse names I’ve ever heard is: Don’t Tell Daddy.
My motto is: always take the high road.
My best piece of ADVICE FOR YOUNG RIDERS: Try to run your own race and be consistent instead of focusing on results. At a competition, work on bringing your low average up instead of focusing on your high average.
*This story was originally published in the October 2021 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!