Sarah has ridden most of her life and currently focuses on dressage. As an instructor, she combines a thorough knowledge of human and equine biomechanics with an emphasis on approaching riding as a meditative art, involving mind, body and spirit.
Sarah encourages her students to develop a true partnership with their horses, while assisting both horse and rider to release areas of tension or bracing, thereby facilitating greater harmony and relaxation.
In addition to riding instruction, Sarah offers relationship coaching for humans and their horses, as well as equine-facilitated personal development and leadership training through Anam Cara Coaching.
She has worked extensively with master teachers, including Linda Kohanov, James Shaw and Mark Rashid, and is a certified Eponaquest Instructor and a Recognized Instructor of the ‘Ride from Within’ methodology. She has also participated in the USDF instructor certification program and the “L” judges’ training program, as well as pursuing advanced training in the Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Body Work. Sarah is a student of Taoist Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, meditation and Celtic spirituality. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and spent many years as a university professor before turning full time to riding and teaching. She is the founder of Anam Cara Equestrian and Anam Cara Coaching.