I started my formal dressage training at the Isaac Royal Academy of Equestrian Studies when I was 13 years old. Head instructor, Carolyn Rose, runs a European-style riding program that gives students the chance to train horses from a foal all the way to the upper levels. In 2009 I graduated the Masters Program, having competed to Grand Prix and training numerous horses to Fourth Level and above. Here is a list of my accomplishments:
- USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist
- USDF “L” Graduate with Distinction 2002
- MDS Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum Rider Medalist
- Accepted into the USEF “r” Judges Program 2010
I currently judge and give clinics in New England and Florida. I have been a working student for FEI “C” Judge Gabriel Armando in Wellington, FL and ridden in clinics with Jodie Kelly, Kim Schissler and Kathy Connelly. I also had the opportunity to ride at the Escola de Equitação de Alcainça in Portugal under the instruction of Georges Malleroni. In addition to teaching I also design musical freestyles for dressage competition. I perform in exhibitions with my horse Douwe and ride in a quadrille group called Friesians in Pink.
In addition to dressage, I create equine graphics that I sell on eco-friendly clothing and gifts. My business, SandraB. Designs, sells retail online and directly to customers all over the United States. My most popular tee shirt design, “Begin the Dance” is also for sale in the Dressage Extensions catalog.
I am also represented by Portland Models & Talent in Portland, ME. I have been modeling for Hannaford Supermarket since 2010 and was featured in their latest “Quick Meals” campaign in 2012. I was cast in the new Taylor Swift music video “Mine” and have also been in a commercial for the Maine Tourism Office and a jewelry company called Hearts on Fire. Click here to view my profile.