Angela has over 25 years of experience with horses. She learned to ride bareback, being ponied across the Virginia countryside at age three. Angela has taken lessons in Centered Riding, Dressage, Natural Horsemanship, Eventing, and Hunt Seat. As a child, she competed in game shows, excelling at barrel racing and pole bending. Angela began jumping at age seven and competed successfully on the local Hunter/Jumper show circuit in Western Maryland, winning Champion or Reserve Champion every season. Angela began training ponies and horses at age eight, basing her training in Centered Riding, Natural Horsemanship, and what she has termed Heart-Centered Horsemanship. Angela’s training method is based on always giving the horse a choice (within safety limitations), honoring his free will, and building a bond of mutual trust and respect. Angela’s first pony, whom she trained, continued to be a reliable lesson and show pony for the rest of his life, bringing the joy and magic of horsemanship and riding to countless children.
Angela catch-rode for numerous clients in Western Maryland, successfully showing their ponies and horses on the local Hunter/Jumper show circuit in Western Maryland and West Virginia. Angela also worked as an Assistant Riding Instructor at Kindred Spirits Horsemanship and Riding Instruction during her high school years, where she assisted with the overall management of the horses, boarding stable, lesson program, and clinics, taught lessons to students of all styles and skill levels, taught Equine Facilitated Learning Programs for corporate, college, and high-risk individuals, and trained and competed green horses and ponies.
She eventually bought an OTTB, whom she re-trained and sold when she left for college. He went on to have a highly successful eventing career. During her time at Smith College, Angela rode for the Equestrian Team and honed her Hunt Seat skills. After earning her BA in English Language & Literature from Smith, Angela moved to Georgia, where she worked as a Stable Assistant at The Ford Plantation. In this role, she assisted with the stable management, taught lessons and clinics to children and adults, schooled horses in the ring and cross-country, and guided trail rides for riders of various skill levels.
Angela’s next equestrian adventure was in Costa Rica, where she lived for one month at Barking Horse Farm, which specialized in Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Angela greatly enjoyed furthering her training skills during this time. When she returned from Costa Rica, Angela worked as the Barn Manager at Wheatland Farm in Purcellville, VA, managing all care and training of the horses, assisting with lessons for special needs and typically developing students, and maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the facility.
Angela discovered yoga in 2007 and went through her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 – 2015 through Open Dimension Teacher Training with Denise Moore (E-RYT 500), receiving her certification in May 2015. Angela received her Buti Yoga Teacher certification in September 2017 with Master Teacher Trainer Tara Jae. Angela has taken classes in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Jivamukti, Power, Aerial, and Buti Yoga. She has taken workshops with Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, Kathryn Budig, and Kino MacGregor. Angela specializes in teaching Hatha and Buti Yoga, and she has taught students of all ages and skill levels.
Angela also developed Horse Yoga, combining her two biggest passions into one practice that unites horse and human. Horse Yoga increases trust between horse and human, and increases balance, flexibility, strength, and breath awareness and control of the rider. Horse Yoga also massages the horse’s withers, back, and hindquarters, providing benefits similar to those of Equine Massage and Chiropractic work.
Angela is sponsored by Intrepid International, Horse Tack Company, 2KGrey, and Uptown By Kiya Tomlin and is a Brand Ambassador for Outback Trading Company. She’s been featured in Horse & Hound, People Magazine, Good Morning America, Mashable, Daily Mail, Equestrian Living, The Huffington Post, and more.
Angela currently enjoys foxhunting, endurance riding, teaching horsemanship and riding lessons, teaching Equine Facilitated Learning Programs, and training horses and ponies for the hunt field or recreational riding. She specializes in helping people develop a deep bond of mutual trust and respect with the horse, so they can enjoy their relationship with their horse no matter which discipline they ride.