As a lifelong equestrian my experience with horses began in rural Buckinghamshire, U.K.. I was an avid pony rider jumping everything in sight, galloping fields and woodland trails and competing in jumping classes and gymkanas. I was the epitome of a horse crazy teenager with a passion for anything equine.
I was truly blessed because all our neighbors were horsey folk. A high profile showjumping trainer across the lane taught me how to exercise her extremely bouncy showjumpers and keep them warmed up between training sessions for her elite students. The whirring beat of the helicopter arriving at her farm with the New Zealand showjumping team flying in from The Horse of the Year Show for afternoon lessons had me buzzing with excitement. I enjoyed being a part of her student help. I worked as a member of the ground crew at their major jumping events and met and watched renowned riders such as David Broome, Ted Edgar, Caroline Bradley to name but a few. These were totally inspirational times for a besotted horse lover. I helped to break young warmbloods and was thefirst to trail them and jump them over logs and natural obstacles. I rode, groomed and prepped horses for the show ring and foxhunting days with the Whaddon Chase.
After attaining a BA in Literature I moved to New York and there my equestrian dreams did a right turn and I delved into dressage. I am proud to be an international level Grand Prix dressage competitor/trainer (competing in Europe to scores of over 72% at Grand Prix) and I am a national/international dressage clinician. In case that didn’t keep me busy enough I also directed my energies into horse breeding and together with my husband Paul, who is also a Grand Prix dressage rider/trainer/clinician we imported and bred Hanoverian horses for twenty six years. Today we live in Upstate New York and still breed horses, mixing Baroque lines with warmblood lines and train horses from start to Grand Prix. There was time between all those activities to grow our young family of three chldren up in the Hudson Valley of New York and our twins still ride.
It was inevitable that as time progressed I would add a photography skill set to my writing and was soon an addict to life behind the lens that included working in both photography and videography.
My writing career also includes writing PR/Marketing and web content for manufacturers, celebrities, retailers and service companies. Ghostwriting also floated into my life and I have enjoyed working on several projects both fictional and non-fictional helping others that know what they want to say, but need help knowing how to say it.
My goal throughout my career has been to shine a light where there is little to none and to help horse and rider through education and advice. For my clients I provide savvy and gripping copy on target and offer flexibility to suit the agency or publisher’s needs.
I welcome all inquiries so please do not be shy. I have a large selection of stock articles and materials available for purchase and write happily on assignment on any equestrian discipline or topic.
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