I have been riding, training, & writing about horses since I was 8 years old in 1978,
(41 yrs). After my initial lessons as a child in English flat/jumping, I studied for 5 years (1984 – 1989) under professional level instructors for: flat track racing, stadium jumping, English flat, and Freestyle Quadrille at Le Cavalier Manage in Scheveningen, Netherlands. I also studied trick/circus riding at Stal Ballou in South Holland, learned
to drive wagons and carriages in Friesland. As an adult I
learned sulky racing and stadium showjumping on Long
Island, NY, then studied in other states & countries
under the direction of professionals such as Dr. Max Gahweyler,
Christine Borchert, Etoile Dressage school, Germany,
Jeremy Steinberg (now US Olympic YR coach) before fame & after.... Anna Twinny, Stephanie Holzer, Reitstall Holzer in Frohnleiten, Austria, Jane Savoie, former US Olympic coach, Luke, Dressage simulator & Barbro-Ask-upmark, Mary Wanless, Liz Petty, Excel Farms, Cynthia Royal, trainer /owner of Shadofax in Lord of the Rings. I have shown/placed in Western Pleasure, halter, Dressage, English Flat, Friesian keurings/ Arab shows. I am certified in equine first aid & safety, nutrition, behavior & psychology. In 2004 I earned my “formal” westernized degree in Equine Science Instruction for both horse and rider. In 2011 I began working with Horses 4 Heros and other therapy clients until after the birth of our daughter, in 2014. In 2015, a complete shift took place and I returned to education to partner horses and women (& girls) health, pregnant mamas & postpartum care, and to reawaken the ancient souls of the feminine, and recreate a healthy family picture for modern times. I have and continue to study with Magali Delgado & Frederic Pignon (1st ever US clinic in 2016 & 2nd time in 2018 & 3rd for a full week in 2020), Linda Kohanov & Klaus Ferndinand Hempfling.
Along with my western education, I am a student of Eastern/Holistic practices. I am certified in Level 1 & 2 Reiki. I am finishing a 2 yr Holistic Nutrition Coach program with the International Maternity & Parenting Institute, and 2 years with The Mothering Arts Collective.
Heather and Bryan both have finished the Flowtrition schooling and are now actively providing this to all from Humans and horses to dogs and others. Check out our Services page for more detailed information and prices.
A native Texan, raised in Germany,and a native German speaker, he started riding horses at age 12. His love affair with horses has continued in the 40 years since. A Craftsman by trade, he was taught natural horsemanship, care and natural hoof trimming by his father, his Uncle & his neighbor, Mrs. Purdy. He trained Arabian horses for Endurance events from 1992 - 1994, was the German to English Translator for the Spanish Riding School of Vienna Dressage Clinic in Austin, TX in 1993 and taught basic horsemanship, English & Western for two years at an Equestrian Summer camp in Milton, Toronto, Canada. He spent two years as an assistant at a hippotherapy facility in Oklahoma. Bryan is a certified personal trainer, and wellness consultant with a background in competative sports including, decathalon, wrestling, cycling, and martial arts. He runs the day to day operations with Heather. He spends his spare time performing Celtic music with his band, Scotland Rising, and The Original Rogues, see the link at the bottom for more info, booking the band, & to listen to a FREE music dowload. Recently Bryan worked for three days in private lessons with Frederic Pignon of Cavalia and his Friesian Gelding Vego. Bryan and Heather have been in schooling the past year for Flowtrition and are now taking on clients for this service. For more, see our services page.
We met at Scarborough Renaissance Faire on Heather's first day to such an event, with mutual friends John & Charlotte Dumford of Rosehill Friesians. We had so much in common we became good friends, and then began dating. At Heather's Best Friend's wedding in the late summer of 2012, Bryan proposed in the most romantic way, Heather said yes, and we married on December 29th, 2012, outdoors in nature, in TX, at The Lodge, with our beloved Friesian Horses Anke & Betsy, family, and close friends! Here are a few pics of our journey. On June 25th, 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Seren to our family!