Shannon loves to bring young horses through the levels, one of the most successful being Weltino’s Magic, with whom she won Reserve National Champion at the 2008 Young Horse Championships.
The creator of ShowRingShine, The Boot Care Kit, (www.showringshine.net), Shannon is well known for her attention to the details of riding and competing. A native of Michigan, Shannon’s early riding life included success competing as a western and saddle seat rider. Work in a tack shop as a teen was one of the places where she learned how to create the elegant, finished look of an accomplished rider.
College brought her to Boulder, Colorado. It was there that she developed her successful dressage training business which she moved to San Diego in 2002. Her own dressage education began with Nancy Baker and “S” Judge Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez. For the past 20 or so years, her mentors have been Karl Mikolka and Steffen Peters.
Today, as a popular clinician and teacher, and coach to her husband Steffen, she is featured in dressage symposiums around the country, often focusing on a subject most important to her, the rider’s position.
“What we may not realize is the extent to which the rider’s position affects the execution of movements by the horse. It’s about so much more than just pretty riding – it’s effective riding, and preparing our horses to perform their work correctly.”
Her days are filled with training, managing the business of Arroyo Del Mar and six days a week riding her bike. A competitive rider at one time, “I do it for the fitness, and to get out on the road for a peaceful couple of hours on my bike.”
Thoughts about Riding
“Whether it’s our employees, riders, or ourselves, we encourage fitness and self awareness to be the best we can be. We train our horses to be the best they can be, and that only is successful when those influencing our horses’ lives have the same expectations about themselves.”
“I love my work and the sport, but this is more than a job for me. I’ve learned over the years that competition horses are complex athletes who need more than talent and good training. They need the best care we can provide for their overall well-being; they need to feel safe and secure with their trainers and riders; and they need to feel a connection to really excel. I love my horses, and regardless of results in the show ring, for me that will always mean more than anything else.”