Not only does Sarah have a deep reservoir of dressage knowledge and experience; she has the even more rare skill of being able to communicate effectively to her students. She finds just the right words and images that resonate with each individual enabling them to retain and use the knowledge long after the lesson is over.
Sarah has been a life-long equestrian. She started riding at 8 years old. Her initial focus as a young rider and teenager was hunt seat. She received instruction and competed in the equitation and hunter divisions. Also as a youth, Sarah was very active in the Lakeville Pony Club. She participated in all pony club activities, and earned her USPC B rating. Due to college, she was not able to go on and test for her A.
While in college, Sarah pursued her developing interest in Combined Training. With her horse Gunmetal, whom she acquired off the racetrack and trained herself, she was able to compete very successfully through Preliminary level. During her college years, she also took a semester off and trained in England at Porlock Vale Riding Academy, where she attained her BHSAI. She then returned to the U.S. to finish her degree at the University of Massachusetts, graduating with a BS in Animal Science. During this eventing phase of Sarah’s professional life, she also coached two silver North American Young Riders teams.
After graduating, Sarah worked as an instructor in the University of Massachusetts Equestrian program, and after a few years, was named Director of Equestrian Studies.
At this time, she was "bitten" by the dressage bug, and began training with her mentor, Cindy Sydnor. She worked with Cindy regularly for 6 years. Also during this time, she participated regularly in clinics with Walter Christensen from Germany. Walter was instrumental in the development of dressage in New England. After Cindy Sydnor moved out of the area, Sarah trained with Volker Brommann for 5 years.
When Sarah married, she moved to Connecticut, where she and her husband Richard bought a farm. She taught and trained at her Angushire Farm for 20 years. During this time period, Sarah helped many young professionals launch their careers. She had a successful working student program, and remains a very active instructor in the region .
Today, Sarah is a sought-after instructor and clinician. She has a full schedule of students and horses that she works with in Connecticut. In addition, she gives clinics across the country. Sarah has been fortunate to be able to work with many top dressage professionals in the world. Some of the people that she has worked with include Willi Schulteis, Rudolph Zeilinger, Walter Christensen, Louis Nathorst, Heiki Kemmer. Sarah currently trains with Kathy Connelly on a regular basis.
Sarah is based out of Hanover Farm in Marlborough, Connecticut. She also teaches at Connecticut Equestrian Center in Coventry, CT.