"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, one will have to accept that one's life will be radically changed" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I can't think of a time as a child when I didn't think about, dream about or gallop about like a horse, yet as a city kid growing up in Oakland, California, I did not have much exposure to real life horses. My interest grew as I did and my mother impatiently waited for me to outgrow what she perceived as the horse obsessed phase of my life.
At the age of thirteen, I spent the summer visiting my and uncle across the country in New Jersey . I was a typical, bored teenager and my uncle tried to engage me to do "something", "anything". One day he simply asked me what I liked. I said, "horses", so he drove me to a location Western barn where I started my first riding lessons. It was during that time, riding "seized my whole person".
When my uncle returned me home to my mother, he gave her the following directive: "Pat, Jahi needs to be around horses".
My mother paid attention and searched for a city barn. She found Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center where I continued my lessons. As a single mother, my mom worked hard to provide for me and my sister and money was tight. To help cover the cost, I worked at the barn on weekends. Doing so taught me the lifelong ethic of resilience and was a tremendous whole horsemanship training.
My riding career has been and continues to be my life's focus. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with and learning from talented professionals, including Olympic level riders and horses.
It has given me the opportunity to compete in local, national and international competitions and the skills set to teach and train students and horses in supportive barn communities.
I look forward to working with you toward your riding successes, while having fun.