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Early experience

Born and raised in the California Bay Area, Emily began her serious dressage and horsemanship education when she joined her local Pony Club in Saratoga, California at age 12. She gained a valuable foundation in teaching, competing, and understanding correct horsemanship. She plans to continue giving back to Pony Club for as long as possible!

Competition Success

Beginning with an adorably bratty pony at Training level, Emily began her competitive dressage journey at age 13. With her first horse, London, and ex-show jumper, Emily moved up the levels with him to earn her USDF Bronze Medal at age 17.

Emily earned several scores of 70%+ for her first time competing at 4th level. After a successful show season at 4th level in 2018, Emily earned her Silver Medal with Firmamento in January 2019, with scores to 66.7%. In 2021, Emily competed in her first Small Tour CDI 1*, with a strong second place finish in a class of seasoned professionals. View full score record.

One of Emily's current FEI prospects is a broodmare turned dressage diva, 12 year old PRE Mariposa. Their journey began in the summer of 2021, learning how to canter after weaning her second foal. Now Mariposa is schooling the FEI with sights set on the Grand Prix!

Emily and Remi in competition
Emily in competition
A passion for teaching

With a colorful background teaching competitive clients, amateurs, children, and multi-discipline riders, Emily understands the importance of horsemanship and diversity. No matter what your riding goals are, Emily has experiience with riders of all backgrounds, ages and ambitions. Emily's BA in Psychology, allows her to understand the different needs of horses and riders as unique individuals. If your goal is to have the utmost enjoyment and harmony with your horse, in or out of the ring, Emily is happy to support you!

The Mission

Emily seeks to promote a supportive and positive environment for both clients and professionals within the dressage industry. She sees a better way forward for the mental health and the inclusivity of both those in the horse industry and horse lovers in general. She seeks to promote awareness and open discussion of this issue through articles, social media, and financial support for those in need. In addition, Emily is passionate about horses as therapy for those with PTSD, Autism and otherwise utilizing horses as teachers for those coming from any background. Through her work with Pony Club at a young age, Emily understands the essential role horses play in self-development at any age.

Accolades and Accomplishments

With a vast array of knowledge and experience, every horse and rider grows, learns, and succeeds.


USDF Silver Medalist
USDF Bronze Medalist
United States Pony Club National “B” Certified
USDF Performance Awards


CDI 1* Small Tour - 2nd Place - 65.4%


National Pony Championships - 1st Place - 69.5%


CDS JR/YR 4th level Champion


USDF JR/YR Region 7 3rd level Champion


USPC National 1st level and 1st level freestyle


USDF JR/YR Region 7 2nd level Reserve Champion


CDS JR/YR First level Region 7 Championship, 3rd place


CDS JR/YR Training Level, 3rd place


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Furthering Education

Continuing education is a vital component of improving training and overall dressage skills.
Emily has trained with many different professionals, and is always looking to further her education within the dressage industry.

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