Claire has always had a love and passion for horses. She started taking English riding lessons with her trainer Lara Roach when she was just 10 years old. She started learning to jump and absolutely loved it, but she loved riding Western too! For the next few years of her life she leased a few different horses and experimented with all different types of riding. She competed in barrel racing, pole bending, learned how to rope, competed in 4H and FFA shows, and even started driving horse carriages on the Kansas City Plaza! However, she soon realized that eventing was her real true passion.
While exploring the different equestrian disciplines Claire was given the opportunity to become a riding instructor. After shadowing many instructors, she started teaching English and Western riding lessons when she was 15 years old!
From the ages of 14 to 17 she competed in Eventing with the horses she leased all the way up to training level! Eventually those horses needed to be retired and Claire decided it was time to purchase her own horse. When she was 18 she rescued an Off The Track Thoroughbred named River and hoped to retrain him to jump. River was treated very poorly as a racehorse and was terrified of people when she first got him. But with a lot of love, kindness, and patience Claire taught River that people weren't going to hurt him anymore and he became a very lovely horse! Claire eventually came to the realization that River wasn't going to be happiest as a jumping horse, so she then had to sell him to a better home where he could have a nice and easy life. It was the hardest decision she ever had to make, but she knows it was the right one as he is doing wonderful with his new family to this day and is loving life!
During this time Claire's trainer had moved her business to Misty River and Claire followed! She began teaching lessons at Misty River after becoming CHA certified for both Western and English disciplines when she was 18 as well as becoming the Assistant Manager!
After searching for her next horse for a while, Claire came across a gorgeous 8 year old Warmblood named Owen! She immediately fell in love with his amazing personality and purchased him in January of 2018! She is currently training Owen to become an eventing horse and has very high hopes for their future together! He loves jumping and has so much potential to become a upper level horse!
Claire absolutely loves horses and loves passing that passion onto other people. Teaching others to ride is what makes her happy and she plans on doing it for the rest of her life!