From Stable Hand to Grand Prix Dressage Entrepreneur
Updated: May 5, 2020
by Olivia Airhart on PS Dressage
Wellington, Fla. – April 3, 2020 – Four years after slipping on her shadbelly to ride down the centerline for her first ever Prix St Georges, Rebecca Waite, the now Grand Prix level professional athlete and trainer, prepares to take her first solo steps as her own boss. Serving as longtime number two under famed American dressage rider and trainer, Shelly Francis, Waite spent seven years learning everything from training techniques to business management from her fellow Mainer. Starting out as a stall cleaner for Francis, Waite worked her way up the ladder behind the scenes from stall cleaner to head groom for the European circuit, and most recently as a professional athlete competing in the international ring in Wellington.
Following Francis’ recent decision to relocate her business four hours north of Wellington to Ocala, The University of Maine graduate is marrying the knowledge gained from her undergraduate studies in Business Management and her hands-on training at Shelly Francis Dressage to start her own training business.