Well, I moved to Brussels October 2011 and have enjoyed a great first experience here in Europe. I am from Canada and have trained with such trainers as Bobbie Reber and Chris Pratt. I came over to Europe because I wanted to come to the birthplace of our sport. The place where it all began and still begins. Europe is the epicenter of show jumping and I hope to understand more about our sport by being here and learning from some of the best.
I currently ride with Marc Van Dijck; acclaimed Belgium rider, previous top 20 Rolex ranked rider and winner of such accolades as 2001 Nations Cup at Aachen (with Ludo Philippaerts and Jos Lansink).
I have met some amazing people so far and I am enjoying meeting more people every day. My goal is to capture a bit of the essence of the community of show jumping. To bring a perspective that others can enjoy and to contribute to bringing the world of of this unique sport just a little bit closer together.
From: Vancouver, Canada
Born: December 26, 1986
Based in: Brussels, Belgium
Favorite spot in Belgium: Antwerp (the shopping is great!!!)
Never leave the house without: my iPhone and my Nikon D700
Always bring to a show: A scarf and Hunter rain boots… you never know!
Favorite designers: Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney… best clothes for horse shows!
Always love to talk to: John Whitaker; he has the best stories.
Favorite riders this year: Reed Kessler, Scott Brash and Steve Guerdat… obviously!!!
Favorite horses this year: Big Star ridden by Nick Skelton; that stallion is just class, class, class!! Noblesse des Tess owned and ridden by Kamal Bahamdan. That mare is the definition of amazing!
Favorite horse show this year: Dublin Horse Show
Looking forward to: Wellington, Florida
Favorite photographers: Annie Leibovitz and Mario Sorrenti
Favorite moment this year: Watching Great Britain win Olympic Team Gold in London; I almost cried I was so happy for those guys. That was an outstanding day! I was so lucky to be there.
Best party this year: Mechelen Horse Show in Belgium (starts on Boxing day; my Birthday!)
Always fly with: an Oversized scarf, Ugg boots and a good book
What are you reading right now: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
When I go home, I always: Grab a Starbucks and either hit the mountain or head to Spruce