Rebecca’s love for horses began at 8 years old with her first pony “Dynamite Digger”, who carried her through many first experiences in the equestrian world. Her training began at a farm that quietly resides within her hometown in northern Maine. 4-H shows, trail rides, costume classes, and everything in between left her with a passion for horses and a desire to learn more.
She developed as a rider through pony club and through several opportunities to ride with trainers and compete across the United States. Every competition and training session fueled her love for the sport.
Rebecca made many trips to clinics across the east coast, one of which happened to be taught by US team rider and fellow Mainer, Shelly Francis. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Rebecca was left with the intimidating decision of what her next step should be. She decided to reach out to Shelly, the trainer who had left such a positive impression on her, to see if she could dedicate her time to learning some of Shelly’s system.
Two weeks later, an invitation to work alongside one of the United States’ top dressage riders was received. Rebecca made the move south and over the past seven years has worked her way up from stable hand to head groom to assistant trainer under the careful guidance of Shelly.
For the past seven years, much of Rebecca’s time has been spent in lessons with Shelly atop various horses with a range of different needs. She has focused on learning the best route for each individual horse to bring out the best in them. It wasn't long before Rebecca had the opportunity to develop one
of Shelly's less educated horses, Le Roi. She then took Le Roi to compete in the small tour as well as both their first Grand Prix together, earning her USDF gold medal as well as gaining experience in the CDIs.
International Competiton & Training
Since then, Rebecca’s experience in the show ring has only increased. When Shelly was making changes to her competition roster, she decided to hand the reins of her longtime Grand Prix and Nations Cup partner, Doktor, over to Rebecca. Doktor took Rebecca even further in the CDI ring with scores in the 70s. This left Rebecca with the confidence she needed to be successful in the international ring. Hard work and dedication have driven Rebecca to be the rider and trainer she is today. She continues to push herself and strives to be better every day.
Rebecca aims to educate both riders and horses to the top of their potential. She works with each individual to meet their goals and strengthen their relationship with their horse under saddle and on the ground. Rebecca trains to create willing, happy dressage horses competing at the upper international levels.