I aim to be as open and honest with my students as possible so here is my whole story. It is a lot so if you don't read it all I don't blame you.
It all began when I was born... just kidding moving forward. I began riding when I was 4 years old at a pony camp. I was not that carefree rider, all I knew was I loved horses but I was PETRIFIED. I kept taking lessons and got my own pony who was half pony half demon so really full demon. He trampled me, so that didn't really help much but he was cute.
At 12 I got my first job working at a competitive show barn. I LOVED it, however, the atmosphere was not good for my anxiety; but of course as a child I didn't know that I just thought I was a terrible rider. I stuck with it though because I loved the horses.
I showed around in the local circuit making it to a couple A-rated shows. I never did very well and always ended up with broken bones. So not the most naturally talented.
I got to college and was on the school team, I made it to captain but the coach was so ruthlessly mean to myself and the girls I finally had enough and quit. - This is where my journey truly began and honestly was the best decision I made. I moved to a barn where the people were kind and supportive and it completely changed my journey. All of a sudden I was excelling and my fear was melting. They asked me to teach at this barn, still a show barn but a totally different atmosphere.
From there I started to find trainers like Lynn Palm, Cyril Pittion, Kiera Wilson, Holly Winkeljohn and even made my way to Belgium as a working student. I found my true nature working with anxious horses and riders. I loved helping nervous horses excel and really found I had a knack for it. I also loved helping nervous riders, helping them excel in their show career.
After my Mom passed I needed to take a break to figure out my mental health. I discovered yoga and mindfulness and realized I needed to put my mental health first. I took a 2 year break, getting certified in yoga and meditation and dedicating myself to my healing journey.
Now GMD Training is solely dedicated to being authentic. I truly believe that I have learned so much along the way and love to share my knowledge to help others progress but I still get nervous and old thoughts creep in. Flaws are apart of the program.
I am not a "traditional" teacher and hope to bring forward the mindfulness first and foremost and attract the most accepting students. I am very excited and hope you will join me on this journey.