Owner, Trainer, Licensed Instructor
I've been working with horses all of my life, I officially began lessons in 1976 at the age of 6. It didn't take long for me to know that the barn was my happy place, a few years later I was working at the stable to earn my Hunter and Dressage lessons. I acquired my first horse "Sundance" when I was 12, that horse was a make it or break it point for my riding career, he was a bit full of himself and would buck me off at least 3-4 times a ride in the beginning of our relationship. As time passed the bucks and falls got fewer and farther between and for some reason I didn't quit riding. When I was 16 I decided to try my hand at Saddle Seat, I again worked at the farm for my lessons and earned opportunities to show some incredible horses. About the same time I started training and working for other area horse farm owners. Moving more into the training aspect of my career I began working with Thoroughbreds, breaking and training them for the track and then re-training after their racing career had ended. I completely fell in love with this breed and still call them my favorite. For my 18th birthday I was lucky enough to be given my first TB Gelding "To the Maxx". Max proved that every horse has their own idea of where their talents lie, I had hoped for him to be my Jumper and he decided we would be a much better Dressage Team, which we successfully competed in throughout New England earning my Qualified Rider Award before I retired him in 1995. In 1990 I apprenticed under my trainer at the time, a top Dressage rider/trainer/judge to earn my MA Instructor's License. In 1995 I bought the property that is now Laurelwood Farm and with the help of my Family, especially my Dad, built my own happy place. I was finally able to have my horses at home and began teaching lessons here, officially opening the Farm in 1998. I've been fortunate enough to train some incredible horses, ponies and some very special students. The Farm has grown into what it is today, a place that many have called home throughout the years. I couldn't be happier to continue to teach others, train my own horses and watch my Daughter share in the love of these incredible animals.
Laurelwood Farm sits on 26 acres in the quaint New England town of Monson, MA. Directly across the street is Conant Brook Dam which boasts an extensive and gorgeous trail system for your riding or hiking pleasure. The Main barn, built in 2000, is a Morton barn that includes 20 12x12 stalls with attached 72x160 indoor with sand footing, heated viewing room, tack room and grain room. The original barn built in 1996 includes 10 stalls and a heated tack/grain room. Our outdoor arena is 100x200 with sand footing. Easily accessible and close to all major routes in the area.
As the Farm Owner I only hire the very best staff to take care of you and your horse. All riding instructors are MA State Licensed, very safety orientated and can clearly and effectively help you achieve your personal goals. Our School Horses and Ponies are selected to be a perfect fit in our Program. Quiet, Patient teachers who are happy to help you learn and progress. The Farm Staff is trained in safety and is always keen and aware of any changes in your horses daily routine.
In this business experience counts, you can have confidence in us for all your riding and horse care needs.