A professional horse trainer and riding instructor since 1982, Sarah initially gained riding experience taking lessons from trainers in northern California. She went on to show successfully as a junior and amateur in hunters, equitation, and dressage.
Sarah’s wide range of experience as well as her success in and out of the show ring led her to various full-time, assistant trainer positions. This experience gave her the opportunity to ride with several top hunter/jumper and dressage trainers from around the country. During this time she also focused on developing her dressage skills with upper level instructors.
In 1990, Sarah started her own training business in Northern California’s Marin County. While training hunters, jumpers, dressage, pleasure horses, and schooling riders for the show ring, she was introduced to what is often called "natural horsemanship" by her, dressage teacher and friend Terry Church, who had worked with Tom Dorrance for several years
With this influence, Sarah began to specialize in rehabilitating horses from the racetrack as well as hunters, jumpers, and dressage horses who were having difficulty fitting into traditional roles. She also starts the young ones under saddle, gives green horses a solid foundation and works with troubled horses.
While schooling horses, Sarah uses an approach of mindful horsemanship that helps each horse rehabilitate with the time and patience they need. She works with riders, beginner or advanced, to improve their riding skills, balance, timing, and ability to influence their horse in a trusting and patient way. Whatever the problem or struggle the horse or owner are seeming to have, Sarah teaches the rider/handler tools to help the horse overcome the issues that are" getting in the way".
Although Sarah still enjoys attending and competing in horse shows, her fulfillment and joy from being a trainer has evolved to help those horses and their owners find a truly unified place, so that horse and rider can harmoniously reach their goals together. Sarah's journey and learning experiences with training horses, has shown her that there IS a ‘true unity’ that is achievable between horse and rider/handler that goes far beyond most peoples expectations of what they desire from their equine partners. It is often hard work and not without its struggles, but the rewards are inevitably good, satisfying, and can bring a joy into our lives that our beloved equines have to offer us.