My parents taught me to ride around the time I learned how to walk. We rode both Western and English, from cattle work to fox hunting. My family moved to Kremmling, Colorado in 1989 where my love for horses turned into a love for rodeo, running barrels and poles as well as other gymkhana classics. In high school, my equine career became one that revolved around the sport of polocrosse, but I also competed in draft-horse and driving events.
After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I pursued a PhD in Immunology, and worked in research for the NIH and CDC. Although I love research, the walls of lab seemed to get closer everyday, and for the sake of maintaining my sanity, I left the lab, got involved in endurance riding, started Remuda Run, and have been hitting the trail almost every day since. I think that my background in microbiology, mixed with my diverse experiences as an equine enthusiast, have given me a significant leg-up in understanding how to train and care for horses, as well as how to maintain horses in peak condition.
Over the past 10 seasons I have accumulated over 9,000 competitive AERC miles (not including over 1,500 LD miles,) with multiple Top 10 Tevis completions, many 1st places, Top 10s, and Best Conditions, as well as numerous Regional and National Awards, buckles, titles, 100-miler completions, and I’ve represented the Mountain Zone at multiple international team-championship rides. I have been riding and training horses for as long as I can remember; it’s a passion as well as a profession…and perhaps a bit of an obsession. The trails and the horses never cease to amaze and inspire me, the lessons and experiences they impart on us are endless, and priceless.
The pendulum of my endurance career swings from front-running and competition to training and starting youngsters for the sport. As a result of relentless searching and due diligence, I have been lucky to find several promising horses each year, and after the usual hard time (blood, sweat and tears,) turn them in to solid endurance mounts, ready to start their careers under new owners. I enjoy the challenge, and appreciate the various rewards that come with this task. I have spent much of my time recently developing and promoting “SoCo Endurance,” and learning how to be a good ride manager.
Endurance is not the only thing in my life, among several other business endeavors that keep me very busy, I also enjoy shooting sporting clays, hunting, snowboarding, trail running, traveling and just about anything outside, especially with my good pup Griff. I enjoy an active, Paleo lifestyle and am a firm believer, with horses and humans, that, you get out what you put in.