I began riding at the age of 6 in Napa, California. Thanks to it's beautiful rural setting, many people owned horses and every day I would tote my small saddle door to door to ask, people if I could ride their horses. I rode everything from ranch horses to arabs, but by age 8 decided I needed more challenge, and after being inspired by Olympic competition, convinced reluctant parents to drive me daily to a 3-day event barn for lessons and camps.

After two years, with the purchase of my first horse, I moved into the hunter/jumper world and immediately began showing at the lower level shows. I set my sites for bigger and better and with my second horse began competing in the hunter ring attall the 'A' and 'B' rated shows in Northern California including Golden State, Junior Grand at the Cow Palace and Pebble Beach.

While I enjoyed success at each show, I learned the camaraderie and mutual love for everything equine was just as enjoyable as the competing. I look forward to introducing everyone to this incredible sport.

Sara Durrer:
Assistant Trainer

Sarah Durrer has been competing and riding with various hunter/jumper/eq trainers since 1998. Such trainers include Cyndi Merritt of Baycrest Farms, Halli Bidwell of Brenric Stables and trainer of the Allegheny College Equestrian team. Durrer has also ridden with clinicians: Bernie Traurig, Rob Gage, Will Simpson and more. Durrer also trains with Jane Shaw of Thumbs Up Riding. Her passion lies in the jumper ring but she also excels at equitation and has recently delved more into the hunter ring successfully. Durrer was also successful on the Allegheny College Equestrian team, placing 1st in her region as the Open Rider Champion aka Regional Cacchione Cup Champion which earned her a spot to compete at the 2014 IHSA Nationals in the Cacchione Cup class. She now trains and shows young horses in all three rings.

 


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