Sam developed Alternative Horsemanship training theories based on her equine-related experiences over the past 25 years. She offers riding lessons, groundwork sessions, lessons in jumping, dressage, cross country, competitive trail, endurance, trail, western riding, and horsemanship.
Her background includes 3-Day Eventing (riding under Australian & German Olympic level riders while based in Europe), working under three-time World Cup Grand Prix Jumper rider/judge, working with multiple nationally recognized natural horsemanship horsemen, working under US international Dressage Grand Prix rider/representative/judge, young horse race prep track, working on private cattle ranches starting colts and finishing horses throughout the western USA, participated in clinics with a range of international instructors and much more. Sam is also an alumna of The United States Pony Club as a participant, instructor, and Joint DC.
She starts colts, rehabilitates dangerous and difficult horses, and finishes horses for both show arena and every day practical riding. She works with both competitive and pleasure riders of all levels and backgrounds, horses of a variety of breeds, ages, and disciplines at both a local and national level throughout the USA, and she offers clinics worldwide.
She has lectured and offered demos at equine symposiums taught horsemanship practices to pre-veterinary students, has been a featured speaker on nationally syndicated radio programs, and is a regular contributor to equine publications.
Individualized training programs that are designed for the horse and rider include colt starting, refinement at Charm School for difficult horses and finishing for those horses needing more exposure. All training is offered by the week to best suit the horse and rider's needs and budget.
Each summer season there are a limited number of Full Immersion Clinics offered in Sandpoint, Idaho. These were developed for intensive, hands-on learning opportunities to address a variety of topics both on the ground and in the saddle.
For those of you who are unable to attend in-person or on-site sessions, Sam is super excited to be offering her REMOTE COACHING option! Phone Consultations, Equine Partnership Series and Video Assessment, Evaluation and Instruction.
Sam is based at The Equestrian Center, LLC, in Sandpoint, Idaho, just 12 minutes north of town, April through October. A gorgeous, 20-acre scenic facility, with multiple arenas, conditioning track, round pens, lots of trailer parking and turn around options and is easy access from Selle Road.
Regular boarding is not offered but the facility does host overnight and short term layovers and has seasonal facility memberships available for individuals wanting to use the arenas and conditioning track.
In the fall and winter months, Sam is based in Yuma, Arizona, where she offers a limited number of lessons and training. During the winter Sam offers clinics worldwide and often spends several months working abroad with horses in remote locations ranging from South America to the Carribean to the South Pacific.
At this time I do not offer novice rider, children lessons or rental horse/trail rides. For information on lessons for children, are novice adult riders, or are looking for guided trail rides, please click here.