I am a native of Virginia. I was raised in Falls Church, and started taking riding lessons at the age four on a pony named Diamond and fell in love!
Since then I continued to ride mostly in the Hunter/Jumper world and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Mass Communications then did graduate work in Exercise Physiology at George Washington University. I have worked as a Certified Personal Trainer, NASM, Group Exercise Instructor, AFFA, and Health Coach, ACE, since 1988. I did my comprehensive pilates training through Physical Mind at The Body College, Washington, D.C. in 1999 and studied with Balanced Body extensively, as well. I became a certified member of the Pilates Method Alliance, PMA in 2013. I am currently working with a USDF Gold Medalist dressage trainer and rider. She is also teaching me dressage on one of my horses, and we love it!
I have enjoyed teaching fitness in various formats to a variety of clients but have always enjoyed my equestrian clients the most because there is such a specific connection between pilates and dressage. Pilates is the foundation for correct and balanced human movement and dressage is the foundation for correct and balanced equine movement. The principles are the same and the benefits, when combined, are limitless.
I make the training enjoyable, educational, and beneficial for both horse and rider by creating a fun learning environment, introducing concepts in a new way with no judgement or expectations.
I am passionate about horses and know that Pilates training specifically oﬀers so much value to the sport of riding including all disciplines. Whether you are a hunter/jumper, eventer, dressage competitor, Western rider or just ride for pleasure, you will improve your riding seat. Your position, including vertical balance and correct alignment, core control and flexibility will all be challenged resulting in a deeper connection with your horse.
I have made equestrian fitness and pilates training the focus of my career. The horse and the rider are a team and should be trained to speak the same language with their bodies in harmony while in motion together. My goal is to facilitate this wonderful connection through my program at ROCKING HORSE FITNESS!