When I was five my parents bought a farm in Oxford,
PA and I started riding. I soon joined the local Pony
Club and was introduced to the sport of eventing.
Additionally, I showed ponies in the hunter divisions
and also fox hunted; both sports helped me develop
as an all-around horsewoman.
By my mid teens, I completed my first one-star
three-day event and continued to move up the levels.
At 20, I traveled to England to compete at the
Badminton Horse Trials, stayed in England that year,
and completed the Burghley Horse Trials in
During that stay in England I bought Strike-A-Light
following Spring. When I returned home in 1986, I took
and then completed the Badminton Horse Trials the a
job working as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, while
continuing to compete at the highest levels of the
sport, including numerous runs at the Rolex Kentucky
four-star event.In 1991, I won the Essex Three-Day with Castle Cay and soon
after, announced my engagement to Nat Cousins; we were
married on July 6th (needless to say there were no competitions
that weekend). I continued to produce event horses and started
catch riding horses for other riders, winning the Bromont Two-
Star on Drizzle, and competing him successfully in many three-
After 16 years at Merrill Lynch, I decided to become a
professional and devote myself exclusively to my riding career.
In 2005 I purchased property in Aiken, SC so I could compete
and provide instruction for the three months of winter when
Pennsylvania is covered in snow and ice. Thanks to a
successful competition schedule and the depth of experience I
garnered as an amateur and a professional, I have been ranked
among the top 10 riders on the US Eventing Leaderboard for the
last six years.
I have relished competing at the top levels but I have equally
enjoyed the time spent training and instructing students and
their horses. Quite often I draw from my own lessons with Mike
Plumb, Bruce Davidson and Torrance Watkins, and because I
believe in drawing on other disciplines’ strengths, I have also
ridden with Frank Chapot, Anne Kursinski, and George Morris.
My dressage training has been with Gunnar Ostergaard,
Donnan Sharp, and Scott Hassler.
I have been the leading lady rider on the US Eventing
leaderboard for the last 5 years and ranked in the top 3 for all
but one of those years. I have high expectations for 2013 and
the goal to move into the international rankings and make it on
the team for 2014 WEG.