Proudly serving the community for 16 years!
Saddle Up is a place not just for riding horses, rather is a place of the heart.
Saddle Up Riding Club
I have been with the Saddle Up Riding Club team for 11 years. Like many of you I began my journey with horses right here on these very horses! Through the years I have taken every opportunity to gain knowledge about horses and riding and I am proud to say that I have gone from attending Barn Times and volunteering with therapy to now teaching at the very place that sparked my passion. I am currently the assistant Equine manager, a riding instructor, as well as run our Barn Times. I also am one of the instructors for our show team. I have locally shown both English and western and teach both, however I personally prefer riding western. I look forward to meeting you and furthering your equine education.
I started Saddle Up in 2003 due to a passion for horses and teaching. I am a mom of 4 beautiful daughters and 1 gorgeous granddaughter. I have been teaching for over 18 years. I love teaching and combine that love with the love of horses just seemed natural to me. Saddle Up began on a small farm in Seminole and quickly out grew our space. The organization became a 501 c3 and moved to Pinellas Park. I never knew how theses gracious animals responded until watching our first horse Flip relate to a child in a wheelchair. Everyone has an "Ah Ha" moment when it comes to horses and therapy and mine was watching my horse lay his head on the tray of a quadriplegic so she could pet his head with her chin. We give HOPE where sometimes there is no hope and I thank God everyday for using me as his vessel for Saddle Up.
The first time I rode a horse I was about Six years old, from that moment on I was in love. I quickly learned that every horse is different just like we are. I joined the Saddle Up family when I started taking lessons about 11 years ago. I instantly fell in love with their programs and what they are trying to do. In 2014 I found myself severely disabled after being hospitalized for a surgery. My ability to sit up, stand, walk, and even talk were all severely compromised. I fought depression and had to undergo a lot of physical therapy, where I found my comfort was at Saddle Up. Remington was the first horse I had ever formed a bond with. He helped me both mentally and physically through some of the roughest times in my life. I found hope with him, I learned to walk again and when I was finally able to start riding again he was gentle and easy going, it was like he knew I needed help and was there for me 100%. From then on I’ve tried to help the program anyway I can. I believe this program has so much to offer our community.I believe my experience as a private duty nurse and patient helps me to better relate to those that get involved in these programs. I love working with riders to help them to reach their full potential. I look forward to continuing to with the program and help those who need it.
(Texting receives the quickest replies, but I try to respond same day if you have not received a response within 48 hours its safe to say your message didn't go through.)
I am the Equine Manager here at Saddle Up Riding Club, as well as the advanced Instructor, leader of the show team and volunteer for the therapy program. Being the Equine manager I do all medical treatments and training with our horses. I am also the President of our local 4-H chapter , competed and placed in the top 10 in the highest level of 4-H competition in Perry, Georgia. I use that training and experience in everything I do with this program. I have been around horses since I was 2 years old when my mom started this program, so I’ve grown up riding and training. I have shown in many AQHA shows and placed high point at Future Champions, specializing in Western Pleasure and Trail. Needless to say horses have become my life. I hope to continue to grow and expand my knowledge of training and caring for horses so that when the time comes I can make the transition to being a full time trainer and riding instructor. I aspire to continue to grow my name in the horse community and become a better trainer and instructor.