About Candee

I am a freelance riding instructor that travels the north Atlanta area teaching and training both children and adults.  I have been teaching since I developed a passion for it in Pony Club when I was 16.  I love my job and hope that comes through in my teaching and training.  Nothing pleases me more than when I see a student "get it" or have that "a-ha!" moment. Then I know I'm doing my job.

My Experience:
I am a graduate HA Pony Clubber from the Sunshine Region in Florida. I grew up riding with National Examiner, Janet McCune and her husband Robert McCune.  Under their instruction, I competed in hunters, jumpers and equitation, as well as competing at Training level eventing.  From there, I earned by B.S. Degree in Equestrian Studies and Business Admin. from Averett University in Danville, Virginia.  After college, I became passionate about dressage.  I became a working student for dressage trainer, Lisa Kulski.  There, I furthered my education by riding horses of all levels and honing my teaching skills. After leaving Vermont, I worked as an Assistant Trainer for Hunter/Jumper rider Pat Sikorra.  There, I helped grow the lesson program and take students to shows.  After a few years, it was time to break out on my own.  With the help of my family, Letter Perfect Stables opened in 1996.  It was a full service riding and training facility with a 21 stall capacity.  My students, many of them Pony Clubbers, competed at local dressage, h/j schooling shows and events.  I also had the opportunity to work with USDF Certified Instructor, Jean White.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to train with her and on a fabulous horse she had at her facility. I learned so much!  In 2003, we decided to move on to where I really wanted to be.  I sold the farm and moved to Georgia.

After a short hiatus, I began teaching for Tawn Edwards at Willow South in Alpharetta.  I worked for Tawn for 7 years while also cultivating a clientele of my own.  While there, I was able to gain vast experience teaching.  I believe my time there gave me the insight I needed to become the instructor I am today. 

Currently, I work with USDF Certified Instructor, Barbara Handley.  Barbara has been a great teacher, friend and mentor for the last several years.  She has helped me with numerous horses over the last 6 years and I can't thank her enough for her patience and expertise. Currently, I have two young horses I started myself that are beginning their dressage career.

St. Paddy's Pride is a registered Friesian Sporthorse. He has three lovely gaits, is smart as a whip and is a pleaser, for sure! We enjoyed success in 2014, winning the Training level open division through GDCTA. IN 2016, we had success at several USDF/USEF recognized shows at First level. As he builds strength, we have our eye on Second level this year.

Quartermaster is a Hanoverian gelding with a big personality and a gentle soul! That definitely comes through under saddle. He competed in GDCTA schooling show and won the Training level open division in 2015. As he builds strength and confidence, I look forward to what this year holds for the both of us. 

As a rider and instructor, I know that I am never finished learning!  I participate and audit as many clinics as I can.  The more I learn, the more I can pass on to my students.