I have been in love with horses since before I can remember. Born of French parents in New York but raised in California, I was able to ride from a young age during visits to family in France and then have several ponies and horses in our back yard in Northern California. Much of my youth was spent bareback, trail riding in the hills of Marin County, with occasional formal lungeline lessons with a saddle, and 'chasse a courre' stag hunts through the forests of Normandie complete with the trumpets and the large numbers of horses and hounds going full speed.
After the death of my beloved off-the-track 'free to good home' Thoroughbred gelding, I moved away from horses (and the pain of their departure), got my BA in Political Science at UC Santa Cruz, and pursued a career in commercial aviation. Even with three children, I found myself inextricably drawn into the equine world once again. I started with half ownership of a horse, and I subsequently have owned 4 more. For the last 12 years, I have had the incredible privilege of being the owner of my heart-horse, Teade, now a retired 22 year old Friesian gelding. In 2016, I was able to purchase a 6 year old Hanoverian gelding, who found his way into my heart on something like day 1.
Due to multiple health issues that my Friesian developped in succession after a broken molar and the subsequent surgery, I became increasingly interested in bodywork modalities that aided horses in letting go of the tensions due to their work and injuries, and the compensations they use to keep functioning. I began by taking Equinology courses in anatomy, massage, laterality, shoeing dynamics and saddle-fit. After taking a Masterson Method® Seminar, I knew that I wanted to become a Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner. I have studied equine anatomy, bio-mechanics, saddle fit and shoeing dynamics, nutrition, behavior, and classical training/riding methods. I believe that the participation of the horse in the Masterson Method® bodywork process, and communication between horse and bodyworker, is essential to achieving the powerful results that Masterson gets. Masterson Method is much more powerful than it looks, because it causes changes at the autonomic nervous system level (the fight-flight-freeze vs rest-digest modes) because we work below the horse's brace response. Because of this, when the tension lets go, it is much more permanent, because we did not force it. It cannot be overstated how important the non-forcing and allowing is. (I received my black belt in Aikido in Japan in 1986 and this way of working within the world works beautifully on and off the mat). Working within this framework allows me to address the horse's individual needs in a very powerful yet gentle way. In addition, with my training and experience in saddle fitting (Certified Equine Ergonomist), I can assess whether your saddle is hurting your horse and show you in a way that you will see it yourself.
As learning never stops, I am currently enrolled in or have completed:
Mary Wanless Riding and Biomechanics 6-day Clinic Jan 2009
Hosting-participating Erica Poseley Clinics Biomechanics of the Seat 2009-2014
Hosting-participating Schleese Saddlefit Clinics with Jochen Schleese & Christiane Noelting since 2011
Colonel Christian Carde - Dr Kerry Ridgway Clinic on Laterality June 2012
Masterson Method: Intro Course Jan 2013
Equinology: Equine Bodyworker Course April 2013
Dr Kerry Ridgway: Saddlefit and Shoeing Dynamics Aug 2013
Masterson Method: Jim Masterson Advanced Course Aug 2013
Saddlefit 4 Life Saddle Fit Ergonomist Course Course and externship completed June 2014
Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy (2014) Continuing Dec 2017.
Dr. Kerry Ridgway: Integrative Veterinary Medicine for Musculoskeletal Problems Course Completed Sept 2014
Began working for Schleese Saddlery Service, 2014
Dr. Hilary Clayton's Equine Biomechanics Course
Teaching Assistant at the New York Dec 2014 Course Saddlefit 4 Life Saddle Fit Ergonomist Course
Course Instructor at S4L Course 1, British Columbia 2015
Teaching Assistant at S4L Intensive Course 1, 2 and 3 Florida Jan 2016
Course Instructor at S4L Course 1 April-May 2016 Northern Ca
Attended Dr. Gerd Heuschmann "Biomechanics of Soundness" 2-day Clinic May 2016, Woodland CA
Teaching Assistant at S4L Course 2 September 2016 San Juan Capistrano
Attended UC Davis Equine Back Pain Symposium Oct 2016 with Jochen Schleese, one of the presenters.
Presenter 1-day Saddle fit lecture at the Large Animal Veterinary Clinic in Chilcoot CA
Organized and hosted 3-day Dr. Gerd Heuschmann Symposium and Riding Clinic "Biomechanics of Soundness" October 2016
Became Director of Education for Saddlefit 4 Life, North America
Attended Jillian Kreinbring Biomechanics Clinic in South Carolina, December 2016
Organizer and TA for the Saddlefit 4 Life Annual Intensive Course in Florida, Jan 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Ontario 2018, 2019.
Tucker Biometric Online Masterclass with Dr. Renée Tucker, DVM, author of Where Does My Horse Hurt?
Emmett Therapy for Horses Modules 1-4 Achieved Practitioner Lvl
Currently studying classical dressage with Jordan Rohanna
Vluggen Institute of Osteopathy - currently through 9-10th Modules; End of course 2021.