Hi, I’m Josie!
I am a sixteen year old eventer, eventing for the last two years. I started riding thoroughbred horses and showing in Hunters at eight years old. In 2015-2016, I was a member of Intercollegiate Equestrian Association (IEA) and won Regionals my second year, and then went onto Zones.
At the current age of sixteen, my love of riding horses (and all that comes along with it) has only continued to grow. I own two beautiful horses: Remi and Stevie. Remi and Stevie are both off the track thoroughbreds (OTTBs) that I have trained after their racing careers ended.
As a thoroughbred owner, I am currently showing Novice and Schooling Training level in Eventing. I am an active RRP, USEA and GDCTA member. When I reached high school last year, my parents and I made the decision to switch over to a home school program so I could devote more time to riding and training horses. This opportunity has allowed me to take lessons twice a week, ride a minimum of two horses five times a week and travel more frequently to compete in out of town shows. Some of the states I have competed in thus far are Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
I have always placed in the Ribbons riding OTTBs at horse trials and schooling shows. My dressage scores have been consistently in the 30s with clear runs in Cross Country and Show Jumping. I have had experience as a working student, groomed for a 2* rider in Eventing, Jumper shows and FEI events, worked in a Vet Box and exercised OTTBs for show barns. I have also rescued and trained feral miniature horses to drive and compete in obstacle challenges. My experiences in riding and training horses has only continued to fuel my love for these animals and has taught me the true value of hard work and persistence.
My goal is to continue to improve my skill set in riding and training horses. In hopes of achieving that goal, I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredible trainers over the years. In 2016, I attended a Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Makeover where my current trainer, Lauren Turner, won “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.” In 2018, I assisted Sarah Bowman with conditioning and showing Awesome Victor in preparation for the 2018 RRP Makeover. I am currently working with one of Laura Oliver’s horses, Bennie, with hopes of being selected for the RRP Makeover in October 2019.
I hope I can one day compete at the Intermediate Level. I created this website as a way for people to follow along on my journey of making that dream become a reality.