I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and started riding at the age of 5. As a junior rider I competed in
dressage and hunter jumpers participating in many junior and year end championships. At a young age
I began to enjoyed riding difficult and problem horses for friends and barn mates; I then began starting
horses under saddle when I was 14 and specializing in off the track Thoroughbreds and retooling them
for new careers in the sport horse world.
I Moved to Quincy Ca in 2005, a small town nestled in the Sierra Nevada where I attended Feather River College and received my Associates of Science Degree in Equine Science with concentrations in Training and Management. I began working my English show horses out on some working cattle ranches and found that giving them a real job outside of the arena proved very enhancing for the horse's mind. I was then chosen for a Ray Hunt winter workshop in Texas, and once the workshop was over I was asked to stay and work and live in Texas for Ray Hunt.
Working for Ray I was immersed in starting colts in what most people would call the ‘natural horsemanship’ style but what Ray would just call common sense. I was in Texas for a little over a year- and loved every second of it. All through my journey I took in outside horses for training and slowly began teaching their owners along with their horses, this very quickly turned into teaching individual lessons.
I Returned in Santa Cruz in 2009 to start Rosy Smiley Equestrian, which now has developed into a primarily Hunter/ Jumper program, but also includes pleasure riding for both English and Western disciplines. Our program attends about five local schooling shows per year and usually two to three Rated shows per year. Rosy Smiley Equestrian welcomes all disciplines and breeds.