Riding Instructor, Trainer, Clinician, ILHA Judge
Allison has been in love with horses as long as she can remember. At age 15 she was finally able to fulfill those riding dreams when she started taking lessons at a local dressage and eventing barn. She was your typical barn rat, riding everything she could get on, which helped her learn quickly.
Always a lover of horse racing, she started exercising racehorses for a local thoroughbred farm at age 16. The owner of the farm gave Allison and her brother Alex a 4 month old thoroughbred colt as payment which they went on to train themselves. Allison and Alex spent many years at this farm, working with the owners horses and their own.
In 2008, Allison made her way back to the original barn she learned to ride at. She spent 7 years riding and training in dressage while training her own horses at home in western riding. When her trainer retired, here and her barn friends moved to a different barn in the area where Allison was able to start teaching riding lessons.
In 2015, Allison was given the opportunity to follow her dreams. She was able to leave her job as a school teacher and able to turn her passion for horses into a full time job. She began leasing the stable she was teaching lessons at, managing the 40 horse boarding stable, training horses, and teaching a rapidly growing riding program.
Allison also worked with East Central Therapeutic Riding, Inc. for many years. She worked as an instructor once the main instructor retired. In August of 2016 Allison completed the PATH therapeutic riding workshop and certification. Allison passed her certification process with flying colors, having the highest riding score her certifiers have given in years on her riding test and having the top teaching score of her group. While ECITRI closed their program, Allison continues to use what she learned through her PATH training with her current students.
In 2017 Allison was elected as a board member of the Indiana Dressage Society where she enjoys being the voice of western dressage in their organization.
Life took another turn in 2017. Allison was fortunate enough to build her own facility. In October 2017 boarders moved in to Alliance Equestrian Center, built by Allison and her business partner Ean Taylor. Alliance sits on 36 acres in Yorktown, IN and offers boarding, training, lessons, summer camps and horse shows.
Allison has most recently started working on Liberty training and bridleless riding. After volunteering at the International Liberty Horse Association Championship show in 2019, Allison and her Assistant, Grace, Started focusing on Liberty training, following Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship’s training methods. In 2020 Allison competed in the ILHA online shows and championship show and attended an Elite 5 day liberty clinic and judge seminar in December 2020. Allison worked towards getting her ILHA judge card in 2020 and earned her ILHA Level 1 & 2 card as well as her Bridleless judge card. She judged both online competitions and at the ILHA in-person championship show where she also competed. In 2021 she competed in the first International Liberty Horse Association Invitational Freestyle Competition at Equine Affaire. She looks forward to furthering her liberty training and sharing that knowledge with others.