In 1998, I came back to riding as an adult after a long
break and to my surprise things had changed! I was not having the same
riding experience that I had years earlier. I felt anxious and
unsure of myself. This interfered with my learning and performance,
and it also affected my ability to have fun and enjoy riding. As I
began to watch other riders that were also having some difficulties –
it became clear to me that what was blocking many riders' success and
enjoyment was not necessarily a lack technical skills, but often
how they were generally thinking about themselves as a
rider and what they were specifically thinking about
each riding experience.
Initially I applied all my clinical and coaching
knowledge to my own riding experience and got really good results.
Then I began experimenting with several riders at the barn where I
rode with equally good results. I saw that the same information,
strategies, techniques, and interventions dramatically and quickly
helped them. From there I developed a successful coaching practice
called The Performance Edge where I have fun working with all
riders, in all disciplines and at all levels.
I currently work with riders from all over the country,
as well as trainers and other professionals in the horse industry.
Coaching can address not only riding issues, but teaching and business
issues as well. I offer workshops and seminars for various venues and
was a contributing author for the book, “Beyond the
Bridge: A Thoughtful Guide for Coping with the Loss of a Horse”.
I was also a contributing author for the
USHJA Category II Trainer Certification Manual for the following
and Challenging Riders
Preparing the Rider for
Getting results: Factors
in Coaching and Teaching that Optimize Learning and Performance
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I hold an MSW in Clinical
Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work. I am a
former Senior Fellow of the Hendricks Institute Mastership Program
where I was intensively trained in Body-Centered Therapy, Conscious
Relationship Transformation and personal and professional change. As a
counselor, therapist and coach, I have been helping people transform
their lives for over 25 years. I offer Equestrian seminars and
workshops throughout New England, and I actively show and have fun in
the Hunter/Jumper division with my Irish Sport Horse,
On a personal note, I am a long time meditator, a life
long student of personal growth and human development, and I am
passionate about teaching and learning in a way that creates ease and
fun. I feel fortunate to be able to do the two things I love the most
– helping people achieve their dreams and doing that in the context of
the equestrian world. I have the opportunity to work with motivated
riders, dedicated teachers and trainers, innovative business owners,
and very unique and inspiring people. What could be better?!
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