Hunter Jumper and Pony Club
With a technical eye, Amy strives for exceptional hunt seat equitation as it pushes the rider to achieve discipline, proper position, and effective and independent communication and clarity of aids with the horse. This way of horsemanship creates and encourages a balanced seat applicable to any style of riding. In addition to her primary focus on hunters and jumpers, she also teaches horsemanship, which includes visits to local mountain trail courses and schooling in lower level eventing.
Amy is an assistant administrator of a local Pony Club Riding Center. Her beliefs that opportunities to compete, travel away for schooling, attend clinics, and test within Pony Club are key to pushing ourselves forward and exposing our horses to as many varied environments as possible.
Amy's background includes groundwork, riding, teaching, horse sales & purchasing, training, and barn management. Beginning her formal equitation lessons in Oregon 37 years ago with Jim Cook and Vicki Shaddox, Amy showed on a variety of breeds of horses in the local system. At that time, everything from equitation, basic dressage, and cross country was taught and learned. Later, moving on and riding with Teri Emrich at Covey Wood, she started her first OTTB at the age of 18, and then went into training with Grace Karnes at Sunset Stables, who focused much of her program on Thoroughbreds. More recently she trained with Carolyn Goin, Connie Tuor, Bernadine Diers, and Adria Fix. She will tell you herself that she greatly enjoys the challenges and feelings of accomplishment of working with green horses and riders but welcomes all skill levels of riders and horses to help them grow and learn.