The Paddock; Truro
Breeds that You
AQHA and APHA
mostly. I specialize more in Buckskins.
I train for both English and Western
events and work with many all-around
horses and riders.
All-Around Events. Growing up as a kid,
I specialized more in the
English/Hunter-Jumper style but competed
as an all-around rider. In college
I really found a passion for working
western events as well. I have worked
for Hunter/Jumper trainers, pleasure
trainers and for Reining trainers.
Working for the Reining Trainers helped
me learn the most about new fields and
to become a well-rounded trainer. My
experience in both Hunter/Jumper and
Western allowed me to learn training
techniques that other trainers may not
Hunter/Jumper Techniques Do You Use with
Your Western Pleasure Horses?
I use forward
motion. I strive to bring out the true
forward motion of the horse. A lot of
trainers work so hard to get slow that
they don’t get the full range of motion
from the animal. I might not always have
the slowest horse in the pen, but I hope
that my horse is the most natural
moving horse in the pen while
maintaining a slow pace.
Is AQHA’s new
“Forward Motion” Rule Changing the Look
of Western Pleasure?
The forward motion
rule is slow in coming, but it is going
to come. There are a lot of old school
trainers and a lot of politics. It is
hard to make changes because the old
school trainers have many clients and
many horses. When making a change such
like this, it takes the trainers a while
to change their technique to meet the
needs of the industry. It will probably
take about 5 years. This is why I like
showing at some of the smaller breeds
because it never got to that point that
the horses lost so much forward motion.
I’ve been showing the Buckskin breed for
about 10 years, and even the Buckskin
breed is going through changes. The
change is out there but is will be slow
What is your
typical day like?
My day starts at
out home spending quality time with my 2
year old son, Weston, and 4 year old
daughter, Emma. The three of us then
head out to the barn. I have a young
gal that helps me with the children
while I am working horses. I work
horses all day long and teach lessons
intermittently. My training day ends
around 6-8 PM. Then I head home to put
the kids to bed. My husband is really
great! He works a mechanic job during
the day then comes out to the farm where
I train. He is a big help around the
farm; helping with the hay and making
sure that all the equipment is working.
When did you
know that you wanted to be a horse
I started training
horses for other people for open shows
in high school. When I got out of high
school, I didn’t go Amateur, I
immediately showed in the Open
Division. I decided to go to a 4 year
college with an equine major. It’s so
easy to get hurt, so I wanted a degree
to fall back on. I chose the University
of Wisconsin at River Falls where I
earned a Bachelors in Animal Science
with an Equestrian Emphasis. They have
a really well-rounded program at the
University of Wisconsin at River Falls.
Our classes included Pre-Vet, Business,
and Engineering classes. I was
attracted to the University by Larry
Kasten, who was the head of the Equine
program. He was a reining trainer with
a wide range of connections. He was
able to get students internships with
Carol Rose, and even at barns in
Germany. These connections helped me
get into the horse industry and
understand what goes on behind the
scenes of being a horse trainer. I rode
on the Intercollegiate Team while I was
there and after graduation became an
Assistant Coach. This helped me find a
unique teaching style. I very much
treasure my college experience and know
that it has brought a lot to me in
working with Amateur and Youth kids.
Where Did You
We moved to Des
Moines, IA when I was 8 years old. This
is where I graduated from High School.
I then spent two years attending Des
Moines Area Community College.
After that, I moved
to Wisconsin to attend the University of
Wisconsin at River Falls.
Where Did Life
Take You After College?
I stayed in
Wisconsin for 6 or 7 years. It is
amazing horse country in River Falls,
WI. There are huge horse facilities all
over an close to one another with nice
of the things that I miss from Wisconsin
is that all of the trainers would get
together and have lunch. During lunch,
we would talk about horse training and
ask questions or offer advice.
Tell Us About
Your First Horse.
It was a Pony. I
rode in every event against horses at
open shows and a lot of time would beat
them. My philosophy was “Why go to the
show and sit around all day for one
Later, I got my
first real horse. Her name was Chick’s
Moon Bar, a Black AQHA mare. I still
have her and she is now 25 years old.
We did a lot of 4-H stuff-Ak-Sar-Ben,
State Fairs, etc. She was more of a
hunt seat horse, but we did everything
with her (Halter, Showmanship, English,
Western, Trail, Games, Driving). I
would work with her for hours each day.
We’d work for 1 ½ hours on English, take
a break, then go back and work another 1
½ hrs on Trail or Western. A lot of our
success was due to the time and effort
that was put into the horse. I have
come to appreciate the time and effort
that goes into training.
Tell Us About
Your Favorite Horse.
Chick’s Moon Bar.
I have yet to feel the same bond with
another horse. There was an unwritten,
unspoken bond between us. We knew each
other’s move. We had spent so much time
together, we each knew what was going to
is close second. I’ve only worked with
him 2 years, so it says a lot that he is
competing with a horse that I have had
for 2 decades! “Siggie” is so intuitive
and smart- he makes my job easy. He has
a lot of natural talent. He is one that
gives his best all of the time and has
personality galore. He will cuddle up
and be your best friend. “Siggie” has
an aura about him and catches people’s
eye. He has something more than just
great movement. He has a presence that
he has to be noticed. He has that same
presence with everything you do with
him. Even when he’s naughty, he still
has that special something about him.
He isn’t showing this year due to an
injury. We want to make sure that he is
100% healed before we bring him back in
the pen for 2007.
If you could
change one thing about the horse
industry, what would it be?
I wish it
was less about Who's Who and Who's
Riding What and more about the horse,
but this problem is a universal one in
any sport or life in general.
If you could own
any horse in history, which horse would
you pick and why?
Rugged Lark. He
would have been great horse to ride
because he is truly an all-around
versatile horse. He did English,
Western, Reining, and Dressage. I would
have loved to try him out under saddle
because he really is one of the true
What is your
favorite show to attend? Why?
One of the most fun
shows that I ever went to was the
National Reining Horse Association
Futurity in Oklahoma City. I didn’t
compete in it, but I had a lot of
friends that had horses in it. Maybe
that’s why I enjoyed it so much
(laughing)- I didn’t have the pressure
of having horses to show. It is a
totally different show than the Quarter
Horse World Show or the Paint Horse
World Show because all the horses there
specialize in one event- Reining.
I listen to
everything. My choice depends on the
mood that I am in. I’m a true channel
surfer when it comes to the radio. It
drives my husband crazy! My students
never know what will be playing in the
barn when they get there! I like
Country, Classic Rock in Roll, 80’s
music, pop, but not really rap. I even
listen to Classical Music when riding my
hunt seat horses. I feel like I can
become one with the horse and let them
Grease. Father of
the Bride. Tombstone. Twister. I’m
not into the army movies. I like
light-hearted movies. My favorite
Disney movie is Beauty and The Beast.
Are You Headed
to the IBHA World Show This Year?
Yes, we have
several entries- a Yearling Longe Liner,
a Junior Hunter Under Saddle entry, a 2
year old for the Snaffle Bit and 2 year
old lunge line. We also have a 13 and
under rider that will be competing in
How Do You Think
that the Move to Colorado Will Affect
the IBHA World Show?
I think that we
will lose a lot of people, but that we
will also gain a lot of people. More
west coast people will most likely make
the trip this year that wouldn’t come
when it was in Columbia, Missouri. But
we might lose some of the Florida
people. I that it will even out to be
about the same size.
We are also going
to the ABHA World Show the week before
in Tulsa. This means that we will go to
two World Shows in back to back weeks!
We did both last year, and really liked
the ABHA Association. They are really
friendly, forth-coming, and welcomed us
into the ring.