"My name is Anna, and I’ve been training with Tori for 6 years. When I first started horseback riding, at age 8, it was hard for my grandma to find a quality training facility for my newly found interest. At age 9, we found Wanaja Farm, but it wasn’t until around age 10 that I met Tori. Becoming more passionate about Dressage as a sport, Tori has helped guide me in my training for many years.
During the beginning of my love for horses, I didn’t have one myself. It wasn’t until the end of the summer in 2014 that I got my own horse, and that’s when my fondness for riding horses became my passion, which was greatly influenced by Tori. For the past 6 years with Tori, every lesson has helped me improve, if not physically then mentally. Dressage is a very maturing and humbling sport, and every time a lesson ends with Tori, I feel stronger and healthier in my body and mind. I praise Tori for her many abilities on and off any horse, and I definitely consider her as a role model.
The atmosphere when having a lesson with Tori is one incomparable to anywhere else, at least for me. There is never a day that I feel uncomfortable riding in Tori’s presence, and I never feel embarrassed when I make mistakes. When mistakes happen, she just helps me learn from them. Asking questions to Tori is as easy as asking questions to a friend, as opposed to the feeling of asking an instructor a question and the awkwardness that comes with it. And, in the end, she always praises me and makes me feel accomplished even if our lesson wasn’t the best.
At the end of the day, Tori is the person that fuels my passion for riding and influences my improvements in my Dressage skills and abilities. In this way, I am greatly rewarded by the sport, and don’t think there is much in the world that could make me as happy as riding my horse does. With the help of Tori, I am able to learn and grow with my horse, which is something I’m incredibly thankful for."