The Half Halt

The secret to unlocking your horses potential for a better jump, transition, and higher dressage score. 

Western vs English

What’s the difference between Western and English riding, and why I chose to ride and teach English.

Barn 13 Developments

In 2017, I’ll be bidding a bittersweet farewell to the lovely Barn 13 in Austin, TX to grow my teaching and riding career in North Carolina (Area 2).


Saddletree Mock Show Mar 31, 2018

We host shows that are a lot of fun at Saddletree monthly. This month’s show is just for Saddletree students to learn a new style of showing!  Mock shows are a great way for students (and parents or significant others!) to learn the in’s and out’s of showing, ask questions, and learn in a non-stressful environment. This show is a great opportunity because it is just for us! All subsequent shows at Saddletree will be open to the public/other barns. 
What/ Where: Mock show – Combined test @ Saddletree Stables

What is a combined test?  It’s two of the three phases of Eventing (Dressage, Cross Country, Show Jumping).  This combined test will be Dressage and Show jumping.  More info on Eventing can be found here.  
Day/Time:March 31st @ 10am – about 4pm.  You do not need to stay the whole day if you don’t want to. 
Agenda:  The day will start off with a brief lecture on what combined training is, attire/equipment you will need for future shows, and demonstrations of a dressage test.  Then the riding students will have a turn riding a dressage test and jumping a course of jumps/poles appropriate for their riding level on an assigned school horse.
Who can ride: Anyone riding off the lunge line at the walk and posting trot in all or part of their lessons is welcome to ride, and all levels are welcome to audit!  If you don’t know if you are ready then ask and I will tell you. 
Other information: No experience is needed. This is a fun learning opportunity to see if showing in combined training is something you would like to pursue to showcase all your hard work in your lessons!  
Cost: $50 to ride and $20 to audit per student. Parents and significant others are encouraged to attend at no extra cost.  If riding, you will get two rides (a dressage ride and a show jumping ride). 
If you are interested in finding out more, signing up, or just have questions please let me know

USEA Workshop

I’m hosting the USEA Instructor Certification workshop. Directions, timelines, and more are found here.

Describing a Horse

If you’re buying or selling a horse, you need to see this ultimate infographic on understanding horse descriptions.