Courtney was born in Baltimore, MD where she has remained to develop her business as a professional rider and horsemen after graduating with a degree in political science from Wake Forest University in 2010.
She began riding with Jill French at the age of six and has pursued her passion ever since. After competing in the hunter and equitation arenas, Courtney became involved with the USPC, a national organization which promotes both riding and horsemanship. After attending national championships for two years in eventing and show jumping (and winning first place both times!), Courtney has earned the distinct achievement of becoming an “A” level member. She now serves as an instructor and clinician for several pony clubs.
Through pony club, Courtney was introduced to the sport of three-day eventing. In 2006, Courtney represented the prestigious Area II in the North American Young Riders Championships (recognized as the Junior Olympics) for the CCI* long format. At the championships, Courtney and Willy gave a solid performance to earn a team silver medal. Courtney again qualified for the Junior Olympics at the CCI** level in 2009, though an unfortunate injury to Willy forced them to withdraw right before the start of competition.
After the 2009 competition season, Courtney was named to the official "long list" of eligible riders to represent the U.S. in World Championship Competitions. This list is comprised of horse and rider combinations who have completed a ** competition or above. In 2010 Courtney and Willy finished in 5th place in the Plantation Field CIC**.
For her success both in and out of the competition arena, Courtney and her horses have been highlighted in magazines including Chronicle of the Horse , Maryland Equiery (cover), USEA, Eventing USA, American Connemara Pony Society newsletter and magazine, North Carolina Combined Training Association newsletter, North County News, United States Pony Club magazine, and Sidelines magazine.
Courtney spent the 2012 season competing at the advanced level with her longtime partner, and had several impressive finishes including a 3rd place finish at Fair Hill International Horse Trials. For 2013 and beyond, Courtney is concentrating on developing the next generation of eventers, both riders and young horses. We have an incredibly exciting team, please visit the blog for current happenings!.