Stephanie began riding barrel horses at a very young age, widening her interests to western and english pleasure in her early teens. In college she added reining, roping and working cattle to her resume. Stephanie has been extremely successful in the WSCA, PHBA, and AQHA show rings, as well as many other equine associations throughout her life. Horses have always been her passion and so she chose to make them her profession.
Believing that education is an essential ingredient for success, Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Horsemanship from the University of Montana –Western. There, she studied the methods of legendary horsemen Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and Buck Brannaman. She also became an apprentice of Jeff Griffith; focusing on colt starting and problem horses.
Stephanie also obtained a Masters in Equine Education from William Woods University. Her degree included education in equine nutrition, genetics, anatomy and physiology as well as equine psychology and behavior. Stephanie's extensive experience as an equine veterinary technician also lends itself to her quality approach to caring for and training horses.
Stephanie continues to travel and learn from her mentors Michael Sparling, Buck Brannaman, and many other top horseman from around the country. Her focus is on using the horse’s natural way of thinking, learning, and moving to get optimum performance while maintaining a willing relationship between horse and rider.
Combining her knowledge and experience, Stephanie has created a horsemanship program here at home that she hopes will inspire others to pursue the art of horsemanship.