I started working with horses in 2009 at the age of 10 and never quit. In high school I competed my senior capstone project working with Maine local farrier PJ Fairfield learning to trim my personal horse, Apollo. After graduating Mt. Ararat High School I packed myself and my horse up and trucked across country to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa for associates degrees in Equine Management and Equine Science. Upon completion I came back home to Maine to complete an internship with PJ Fairfield to become more in-depth in the farrier industry. An internship spanning 310 hours led me to pursue Farrier school. With many options available to me, I chose and was accepted to Cornell University's Farrier Program, directed by international hall of fame farrier, Steve Kraus CJF.
I have been competing in equitation shows since 2011 in the state of Maine- Showmanship, Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Horsemanship, Versatility Trail, Bareback Equitation, and I hold a Bronze medal in dressage from the Maine State Dressage Society. In Iowa I was team captain of my school's Intercollegiate Horse Show Western and English Hunt Seat teams where we competed against other college teams in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. At Ellsworth Community College the management program was a very hands on based training. We trained horses of all ages, starting with a weanling and progressing to yearlings, two-year-olds, and advancing and refining the riding skills of older (5 year+) horses. We taught basic ground manners, lunging, desensitization, saddling, backing, showmanship maneuvers, light trail obstacles, body manipulation under saddle (lateral movement), and gait responsiveness.