Horses have always been an integral part of my life. I was one of the lucky ones, getting exposure to horses at a very young age while riding and taking lessons. I began my serious training under Jill Hassler of Hilltop Farms in Maryland, where Jill helped me to understand how powerful and spiritual the human connection with horses can be. This rapport between horse and rider is key for true teamwork and harmony in the saddle.
From this early training, I went on to work with horses and riders in a variety of different disciplines, always approaching things from the perspective that the bond between horse and human is critical in developing top performance in any style of riding. To help me appreciate the human side of the horse and rider connection further, I completed a B.A. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and went on to work with AmeriCorps, teaching and counseling using equine therapy models.
Wanting to take a deeper dive into the symbiotic relationship between horse and rider, I became certified as a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) international instructor, which allowed me to travel throughout the country working as a trainer, as well as a consultant for programs offering equine therapy for individuals with mental and physical special needs.
Through my experience as a therapeutic riding instructor and trainer, I found that many of the horses and riders needed extra support to do their job. This led me into massage and bodywork for both horse and rider, and the development of Equine Solutions. I became a licensed human massage therapist as well as a personal trainer, to get a comprehensive education in human anatomy and biomechanics. During this time, I felt like the unity between horse and rider could only be fully explored by comprehending equine anatomy and movement as well, so I furthered my education in equine bodywork and biomechanics and earned several certifications in several different modalities and methods to help enhance performance and well being of both horse and rider.
Armed with extensive knowledge of human and equine movement, in addition to the psychology behind successful equestrian partnerships, I now offer comprehensive bodywork, rider biomechanics, and fitness services for both horse and rider. I travel throughout the United States providing consultations, training, and bodywork for a wide range of riding disciplines and for both individual riders and equestrian facilities.
Travel is another one of my passions. I have been fortunate to travel the world helping people and horses alike, which led me to explore the different regions of the world and learn about equestrian travel businesses. Through this exploration I developed the Equestrian Travel Association. As the member liaison and founder I communicate with all association members, and create awareness for the equestrian travel industry by communicating with the public, travel agents, and the media.
In my work as an equine body worker, massage therapist, trainer, rider and founder of the Equestrian Travel Association, I realized I was providing nearly as much career coaching as I was my other work! So I earned my certification in integrated equine bodywork through the Masterson Method, along with several other certifications.
Are you ready to discover where your dreams can take you? Get in touch with me today to set up your first free consultation. We’ll see if we’re a good fit to work together, and you’ll get pointed in the right direction to start making the changes you need to take your career to the next level.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Certified Transformational Life Coach
Certified Entrepreneurship and Business Coach
Certified Masterson Method Practitioner for Equine Bodywork
Certified Level II Myofascial Release Practitioner ( John and Mark Barnes Certification)
Certified Craniosacral Level II Practitioner ( Upledger Institute)
Certified Kinesiology Taping Practitioner ( Rock Tape & Equi Taping)
Reiki Level II Practitioner
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
International Riding Instructor, (PATH Instructor)
Creator, Ultimate Yoga Partner Program
Founder & Member Liaison, Equestrian Travel Association (ETA)