I enjoyed those days but wanted more and soon found a trail riding facility, Ridgevalley Stables, that recognized my riding ability. During the summers I rode with the stables on trail rides watching for riders who got in trouble for the next three years.
At twelve I began taking riding lessons again at a training/boarding facility, Quick's Farm. There I met Michael LaConte the owner who introduced me to "Fleetwood Anne", an unbroken two year old quarter horse. This is where I feel that my training career began when he offered me the opportunity to ride Anne. I worked with her every day for the next year gentling her and developing a bond which led to showing her. Starting with Halter then 4H / Western Pleasure, hunter over fences and ultimately Dressage. Anne was my first horse I owned thanks to my Mother who saw the bond between us and purchased her for me. During this time at Quick's Farm I met several Cowboys, who to this day I still call my "Five Fathers", who mentored me and introduced me to calf roping / heading cattle and barrel racing.
At fifteen I met Charlene McDonald who I am still close with. She taught and trained at Landslide Quarter Horses while showing in the AQHA. She helped me perfect my horsemanship skills over the next three years. I also started a summer job to help pay for my horse addiction at Tufts Veterinarian College working in the large animal clinic. This was a great opportunity to really learn from a prestigious college on the proper care of horses and how to deal with injuries that occur. I was delighted to meet Rob Nicholson, a student at the university. He later began boarding his horses with me and became my full time Veterinarian.
At eighteen I began my first riding academy, "Tumble Brook Farm" by leasing an empty facility in town. There with my own place I was able to really share the knowledge I had learned from so many. During this time I also dedicated myself to learning Dressage, taking lessons for the next four years. I continued to build the Farm working with numerous horses and students until I was able to purchase my own ranch in central Massachusetts.
I opened "Rose Ranch" in my late twenties, naming the Ranch after my daughter's middle name. There I had an opportunity to meet new students and clients from central Massachusetts that boarded their horses at the ranch. I also was privileged to take lessons from an Olympic Reining Medalist for a year prior to leaving Massachusetts.
Now at thirty something, I have come to Tennessee to start a new facility with my husband Michael, and look forward to helping new friends with my program, "Conditioning Solutions for Horse and Rider". I also plan to continue competing on a national level at Mustang Makeovers, colt starting competitions and showing at ARHA shows.