Amy has had a passion for horses all her life and considers herself extremely fortunate to have found a way to make them a part of her everyday life. She grew up in Grass Valley, CA on a small horse ranch owned by her family. Growing up, she spent every spare moment she had in the saddle, often competing in youth divisions for Pony Club and Morgan horse sanctioned breed shows. Throughout her youth, she competed in a variety of disciplines, including hunter seat equitation, pleasure events, western pleasure, pleasure driving, halter and showmanship, dressage and western dressage events When not riding, Amy spent countless hours at not only her barn, but the barns of other local trainers assisting with horse maintenance and care. She spent many hours observing and studying these trainers and their horses. Additionally, Amy sought out lessons and clinics offered by a variety of notable horse trainers/instructors, including Eitan Beth-Halachmy (founder of Cowboy Dressage), Claus Bergener, Susan VanGalder, Sharon Camarillo, Speed Williams and Clay O’Brien Cooper. In high school, Amy continued to compete with Morgans at regional, national and world championship levels of competition. She also took up an interest in barrel racing/high school rodeo events and worked under Susan VanGalder of Kissing S Equine.
Amy moved to Bozeman, MT in the summer of 2009 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Montana State University. She loved the university and community so much that she stayed and finished a second bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education. Then, she moved right into a Master’s of Science in Agriculture Education and completed a college teaching certificate. After graduating in 2014, Amy purchased her current facility and began building her lifelong dream of her very own equestrian operation. Her operation provides riding instruction for youth and adults of all ages and disciplines. Each summer she hosts over 10 weeks of summer horsemanship camp and clinic programs for youth of all ages and levels of riding. Throughout the years Amy has assisted with local community events and organizations, she currently is the leader of the local Gallatin Gallopers 4H Horseless Horse Club. She has also maintained her certification as an Equine Specialist in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Amy is currently pursuing a PHD in Interdisciplinary Education through Montana State University, where she is also the head coach for MSU’S Equestrian Western Riding Team. As an Ambassador of Cowboy Dressage for Montana, Amy is excited to return to the 2019 Cowboy Dressage World Finals and Gathering, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the 2019 Riding for the Brand Competition.