I have held a Recognized Judging License from the United States Equestrian Federation for over 35 years in the Hunter, Hunter Breeding, Jumper and Equitation divisions. I also have a recorded Stewards License as well as a Certified Jumper Schooling license from the United States Equestrian Federation. I am a professional trainer and rider and have been self employed since 1978. Presently, I am located in Ruidoso, New Mexico where I own and operate the Equibest Equestrian Center. My clients and I compete at United States Equestrian Federation A and AA level horse shows in the Hunter/Jumper/Equitation divisions. Equibest riders and horses have won many medal finals, state and zone championships.
As a junior and amateur rider, I rode with Charles (Champ) Hough (Olympic rider in the 1952 Olympics and in the USEF Hall of Fame). I later managed a two-year old in training sale for Champ at Hollywood Park Racetrack where we were the top sales consignor. I learned all aspects of conformation from Champ and working with top race horse trainers in California, such as Racing Hall of Fame Trainers Robert Frankel, Eddie Gregson, Charlie Whitingham, Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale.
I have managed my own thoroughbred sales at the Barrettes Sale in Pomona, California and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Sales in Del Mar, California. I have inspected yearlings for the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and inspected west coast horses for Champ Hough when he was an inspector for Fasig Tipton Sales Company in Kentucky. I also inspected yearlings for purchase by private buyers at the Keenland Sales and Fasig Tipton Sales in Kentucky.
I operated Cedar Hills Farm, a thoroughbred farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California for over 15 years where I managed 150 horses and over 50 employees. At this farm we handled post-surgery cases from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar racetracks and cared for mares and foals, broke yearlings for racing and reconditioned older race horses coming back from a lay up. I also served on the advisory board of the Helen Woodward Equine Hospital and worked with the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital.
I presently operate the Equibest Equestrian Center in Alto, New Mexico, a full service facility specializing in Hunters and Jumpers for competition. I also founded Hoofbeats, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, which conducts a therapeutic riding program for physically and mentally challenged riders. I have also worked with “high risk” children in the area referred by local schools.
Equibest also operates a riding school for those riders that want to learn to ride but do not own their own horse, as well as “day camps” in the summer for children who want to learn about horses and basic horsemanship. In addition, Equibest strives to continually upgrade its riding program by bringing several Olympic level clinicians to hold specialized classes throughout the year at its training facility.