Not being raised in the equine world, early on in my childhood I could only obsess over my plastic horses and a Black Beauty Disney movie. I was blessed to have a supportive, single working mother, that even though finances were not there to fund horse ownership, she made it possible for me to get my horse fix. Taking me to riding lessons and any horse related event within arms reach, laid the foundation for my horse driven future.
Graduating from Shelton High School as an Honor Roll student in 2007, I moved from Western Washington to Albany, Oregon to further my equine passion. I attended Linn-Benton Community College achieving an Associates of Science degree in Horse Management with Honors. I worked part time at the college's barn and got an enormous amount of hands on experience handling stallions for breeding, doctoring horses with various injuries
and training young horses. I began studying
natural horsemanship methods, from that of Buck
Brannaman and Clinton Anderson, as well as
some others, and at 19 years old, I started my first
two colts undersaddle. I also was participating
in the college's Intercollegiate Horse Show Team.
After graduating from LBCC in 2009, I moved back
to Washington, got married and worked at a local
Credit Union for several years. In-between my full
time job and marriage, I was starting horses
undersaddle on the side as my "hobby". I also got
involved with the American Endurance Ride
Conference and began the grueling course of
conditioning my personal horse for endurance
races of 25-50 miles, which I am still actively
involved with today.
In 2013 my husband and I moved to Kittitas County where I had been presented with an opportunity to pursue my horse career dream. I continued to work with several more young horses, starting them undersaddle. Since then, I have opened Longevity Equine, LLC offering training, lessons and clinics. I focus on the fundamentals and safety that help build a lasting partnership between horse and owner. I have found with a strong foundation, the possibilities are endless for any career or leisure path you wish to take together.
I take a lot of special attention to the horses needs that are under my care and training. I am familiar with rehab and suitable ground training and under saddle exercises to get horses back into work and training. I take a lot of interest in both the physical and mental training plans needed to bring a horse along towards it's career goals or purpose. I have a philosophy of "taking the time it takes", not pushing or rushing any sort of training while making and achieving reasonable expectations and goals. Those slow building blocks really build the castle over time!
I am currently teaching clinics as well as providing training and riding instruction out of the beautiful training facilities of Elk Haven Equestrian Center in Cle Elum, WA.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!