Claire has always had a love and passion for horses. She started taking English riding lessons 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 some training and shadowing many instructors, she started teaching English and Western riding lessons when she was 15 years old!
From the ages of 15 to 17 she competed in Eventing with the horses she leased all the way up to training level! And when she turned 18, Claire decided it was time to purchase her own horse and she rescued an Off The Track Thoroughbred named River and hoped to retrain him to jump. River was the first horse Claire trained and eventually resold to his forever home. That is when Claire found her passion for training horses!
During this time Claire moved to Misty River Equestrian Center! 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! A few years later she also joined on to be MREC's Assistant Trainer! She also continued to take on many project horses to train for other people or to train and resell to their forever homes!
Claire owns 2 horses of her own that are located on her property. Owen is a 10 year old dapple grey Dutch Warmblood, and Oakley is a rose grey Holsteiner yearling. Claire did lots of eventing with Owen and has owned him since January of 2018. And Oakley was born April of 2019 with the hope to eventually be Claire's eventing competition horse when he becomes old enough to start training.
Claire absolutely loves horses and loves passing that passion onto other people. Teaching others to ride and training horses is what makes her happy and she plans on doing it for the rest of her life!