I grew up in Indiana and got my first horse at age 8, a 2yo quarter horse mare who taught me to survive! I think of her often and wish I had known better how to help her. After winning my first pink ribbon I was hooked on horses. My 4-H leaders Kay Lancaster and Beth and Marty Moon thought I was going to get killed barrel racing and jumping and talked my parents into trading Misty for a gelding named Ben who would be my partner and teacher for the next 19 years. My parents gave me the opportunity to ride in many clinics with trainers such as Lynn Palm, Sally Swift, George Morris, Clark Bradley, and others and Beth and Marty took me under their wing as we traveled to horse shows every weekend. Ben and I competed in nearly every AQHA class from the 10 and under division through the Amateur division. From 1988 to 1991 I attended William Woods College in Missouri. Gayle Lampe introduced me to the world of saddleseat and American Saddlebreds and Kenny Burgdorfer worked on my jumping skills. I worked at a local boarding barn starting over 100 colts in 3 years. I rode with Jon Barry, Gil Galyean, Jamie Bissell, and Richard Shrake and learned what I could from each. I graduated with Bachelor degrees in Equestrian Science and Business Administration and was on my way to a career with horses. Unfortunately two months before graduation a major car wreck ended my riding career for the next two years as I underwent physical therapy. At last I found a doctor who told me to try riding again and I was back in the saddle. I was working for a finance company at the time and transferred from Kansas City to Dallas to San Ramon, CA in 1999. I was concerned with the way the horses were being treated at the horse shows and decided to leave the horse show world. What would I do? This had been my passion for my whole life. My answer came in 2001 when I met Ray Hunt. I spent the next 7 years trying to soak up as much as I could. Ray could say more with a nod of the head or a wink and his love for the horse was obvious. Through Ray I was introduced to Eric Thomas and experienced the thrill of riding reiners and cow horses. In 2009 the horse world lost Ray and I was adrift again. I tried riding with a few more trainers but none had the horse’s best interest in mind like Ray. In 2013 I met Lyn Ringrose-Moe at a clinic in Woodland and was introduced to Cowboy Dressage. I have competed very successfully in that venue winning multiple high point awards and coaching multiple riders to high point awards. In 2016 my world was again opened up after observing a Working Equitation clinic with Carlos Carneiros. Working Equitation combines my 2 loves, obstacles and western dressage. I am so impressed by the level of lightness, discipline, and horsemanship that I witness by these riders. I have been fortunate now to ride with both Carlos Carneiros and Miguel Undabarrena and I look forward to honing my skills in both Working Equitation and western dressage. Come ride the journey with me!
and Macs Jack of Hearts, "Buda" 2014 Cowboy Dressage World Champion!
...and 2015 Cowboy Dressage World Soft Feel recipient!
SS Burney 2014 WHBA Horse of the Year!
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