Hometown: San Rafael, CA
Trainer: Leylan Gleeson, Small Stone
As a horsewoman, I am most proud of: staying grateful for my horse and every opportunity we get to experience together.
As a horsewoman, I would most like to improve on: my knowledge of bodywork, chiropractic, and acupuncture.
I’d be lost without: horse cookies in my tack trunk and electrolytes, green tea, and treats in my ring bag.
I think the biggest misconception about our sport is: the horse is the only athlete.
Women in our sport are: rock stars.
Despite being a mental skills coach, I sometimes struggle with: being too hard on myself.
I want to help other riders because: our sport is such a remarkable gift and I want everyone who rides to trust themselves and their horse, stay positive, and enjoy the process.
Something I say ten times a day is: “Yes.”
My favorite horse book is: any Dick Francis mystery.
My favorite non-horse book is: any sport psychology text or athlete autobiography.
The part of riding I struggle most with is: riding a course in two-point.
The part of riding I’m best at: is being a good teammate, preparation, and show ring focus.
I’m a sucker for: a new hairnet.
On Mondays, you’ll find me: talking on the phone with my awesome clients and then riding my Peloton.
I sometimes wish I had the time to: learn how to ride a reining horse.
I’m afraid of the day that: I ride a horse for the last time.
The horse person I most admire is: every working mom who rides because it is ridiculously challenging to juggle that many passion projects.
One of my greatest show ring victories was: being champion at Capital Challenge, which allowed us to be WCHR 3’6″ AO national champion.
One of the best horse names I’ve ever heard is: Galactic.
My absolute favorite show is: Menlo because no matter how many times you have shown there the main hunter ring always feels special.
If I could give readers just one, short and sweet piece of mental skills advice it would be: You don’t have to be perfect to be confident. (In fact, there is no such thing as perfection.)
My motto is: Some of your best rides haven’t even happened yet.
*This story was originally published in the December 2021 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!