Joan began teaching part time while attending college at
the age of 18. For several years she helped to develop young riders,
then transitioned them to top show professionals, allowing them to become
serious competitors in top rated and local shows throughout the east coast.
While pursuing a second career as a psychotherapist, Joan began teaching part
time again, returning to her same tradition. She has been instrumental in
creating the foundation for riders future successes in the show ring.
Joan has been able to blend her two passions successfully. Through time,
patience, and the understanding of the blocks and limitations (whether physical
or mental) regarding both horse and rider, Joan is able to create a specific
program to each pair. She believes in taking whatever time is needed in
training both horse and rider and never rushes the process, as this has always
yielded relaxed, happy partners. She believes in positive reinforcement,
being very encouraging and supportive. She utilizes breathing and imagery
and most often humor.
In 2005, Joan and her husband, Charles, moved to Warrenton,
Virginia to fulfill the dream of having a horse property and a riding school of
her own. Joan looks forward to meeting people and helping them achieve
their goals and is open to those wanting to learn and get close to horses. She
also continues to work as a local therapist.