I am a native North Dakotan, having grown up on our family farm. I began my competitive dressage career at the age of six. Since then I have immersed myself in the education needed to reach my goals: training & competing with the world’s best in dressage.
I have been very fortunate for the help I have received along the way. My family, my trainer from Germany, Conrad Schumacher, and my dearest friend and supporter, Sally Henry, have been most instrumental to my success.
Through the United States Dressage Federation, I have received my Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, a Freestyle Gold Bar and 17 USDF All Breeds Championships or Reserve Championships, including the USDF Young Rider Grand Prix. In 2010, I was one of only four young riders from the US chosen by the Dressage Foundation to experience international-level dressage in Europe on the Olympic Dream Team. In 2014, I was selected to attend the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program (to help deserving young riders prepare for international competition). To date, my horses and I have earned 28 National Championships and 15 Reserve National Championships at Arabian Sport Horse National competitions.
My Grand Prix dressage horse, EA Cygnus, was the only Arabian to be awarded the Adequan/USDF Jr/Young Rider Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Cygnus was also the first Arabian and second horse of any breed to earn a prestigious USDF Horse Performance Certificate at EVERY level of dressage – Training through Grand Prix – a feat requiring more than 90 qualifying scores. He completed an astounding 75 USDF Grand Prix tests in his career, making him one of the top 50 dressage horses of all time – living or dead, and of any breed – for number of USDF Grand Prix scores.
While there is no shortage of ambitious young riders on the dressage scene, I offer a unique background, achieving nation-leading accomplishments on nontraditional breeds and hailing from North Dakota – a place I am very proud to call home.
I have a passion for competition and a drive to win but I realize I cannot do it alone. It is a team effort of instructors, vets, farriers, grooms, horse owners, but most importantly, sponsors. It takes these supporters to insure a team’s success. I invite you to become part of that team. Your funding, equipment sponsorship or the donation of a special horse will help us succeed. I can offer you in return exposure, advertising, an invitation to become part of our success.
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