USHJA Certified Trainer
USDF Bronze Medal Recipient
BS in Anthropology from UCLA
Sarah’s lifelong passion for horses and equestrian sports began over two decades ago in the Coachella Valley. Motivated by an unyielding work ethic, Sarah sought to ride everything and anything she could and was given an opportunity to do so by a local trainer. While schooling horses at home, she would attend shows with Karen Healy Stables and later with Marlay Farms under Philip Klipa, a long-time student of George Morris. During college, she spent time working for LJ Banks, an FEI-level dressage rider, and showed in the equitation and jumpers under Cyndi Merritt. While attending UCLA, she was one of the founding members of the UCLA Equestrian Team and had the opportunity to ride at Zones and Nationals, placing consistently in the top ribbons.
Following college, Sarah tried a few different careers before returning to train horses. Her unique skills and experiences allow her to coach students from first time riders through A-circuit competitions with the same amount of enthusiasm for both. Riders learn to love the horses and the sport while holding themselves to the highest level of standards.
In her own riding, Sarah continues to grow and develop as an athlete. In 2017, she moved away from the jumpers for a bit to compete in Eventing. Within six months, she was able to compete from Novice to Preliminary on her own mare while maintaining top placings at each event. This level of cross training has provided benefits not only to her own horse, but to the other horses and riders in her program. “Practice Bravery” has become a mantra that has helped many students overcome their apprehensions and fears. Sarah strives to make challenges feel more like opportunities than obstacles.
The future is bright and Sarah is looking forward to continuing her journey in both jumpers and eventing with her own horses. She also is looking forward to helping her students achieve their goals, regardless of the arena of their choosing.
Molly is currently a senior at SJSU majoring in Business. She recently retired from playing Division 1 Water Polo at SJSU to devote more time to her riding, teaching, and training. Her athletic and determined mindset makes her a great role model for our younger students.