Tessa’s passion is building partnerships between an equine and a human. For Tessa, the feeling of finding lightness and harmony while working with a horse is addictive and there’s nothing more rewarding than watching a student find that with their horse.
She started riding at a young age and always found peace when with horses; more so than with other humans. Yet it’s horses that taught her to have deeper, more fulfilling partnerships with people. As a young horse-crazy kid she knew nothing of ‘natural horsemanship’ but she did understand that since she was usually the one to put the first rides on her family’s colts, she had better build a trusting, respectful partnership with those youngsters.
Later in her life, thanks to a sensitive mare, she had to start formally educating herself on the philosophy and skills of a natural horseman and the classical learning of dressage – she is forever grateful to that mare. When Tessa first was introduced to Working Equitation it all came together! The refinement and lightness of classical dressage training, the confidence and partnership needed for Ease of Handling, and the ability to ask for awesome potential energy all in one sport!
Tessa is very excited to be part of this community.