Meet the Trainer
Lisa started her riding career as a wee little 6 year old on a ploddy old trail horse in rural Illinois. It didn’t take more than 1 ride before she was hooked. Competing in western pleasure and hunter/jumper through her younger years on her first horse, Bopper, the appaloosa. Her teenage years took her to the next level, into the exciting world of eventing. She met her heart horse, Harry, a 4 y/o Thoroughbred x Shire that was, at the time, steel gray and dappled. He stood a whopping 17.3 hands, which worked well for a 5’10” teenager with long legs. They competed through Training level eventing and 2nd level dressage. Lisa had a 2 year apprenticeship while in high school, learning the fundamentals of retraining off track thoroughbreds and rehabilitating upper level injured dressage horses. She began teaching lessons to kids and adults at 18 before her life’s path moved her and Harry to North Carolina.
The move wasn’t easy. And it wasn’t always blue ribbons and sunshine. After working as a stable manager in Blanch, NC, she started her own boarding and training business. Unfortunately, the downfall of the economy in 2008 had an impact on horse owners everywhere and training was not in high demand. While on hiatus, and pursuing other career goals, Lisa took on learning the fundamentals of natural horsemanship from several of the world renowned horse trainers such as Buck Brannaman, Clinton Anderson, and Chris Cox. Entirely self-taught and learning a lot the hard way, she progressed to breaking, training, and selling horses locally as safe, sound prospects, ready to go into any discipline. Harry and Lisa have been out of the show ring since the birth of her youngest son. But in due time, they will be back in the spotlight.