Is there a gene for fascination with horses? If so, I must have been born with it as I have loved horses from first sight. I learned to ride early on and bought my first horse, an off the track thoroughbred. While in college at NYU I boarded him and continued lessons at a hunter jumper barn in New Jersey. When I moved to New Mexico in 1992, I became a serious dressage rider, studying under Ulla Hudson. Sadly, problems with my back limited my ability to sit a big trot and the extensions required to progress. Ulla came to the rescue by introducing me to her Icelandic horses, and soon I was hooked on their smooth gaits, charm, beauty, and yes, pizazz! I have been a rider, owner and promoter of this fabulous breed ever since.
In 2015 I started Montaire, a facility designed especially to train the Icelandic Horse. I traveled to Iceland and Germany to study well-established Icelandic facilities there and adapted their successful designs to building Montaire. In addition to stables, a large covered riding arena with appropriate footing, grazing and dry lot paddocks, I built regulation sized oval and pace tracks.