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Welcome

My name is Grace Walker and I am a passionate equestrian originating from Southern California, USA. I have had an appreciation and love for horses as well as for the abilities one can achieve while riding ever since I can remember. I did not come from a family with a horse background, so I began my journey in my local Pony Club as well as on the sandy trails along the Santa Margarita River.

In my journey to reach where I am today, I have had many learning opportunities such as owning and working with a very diverse pool of mounts. I have been riding consistently since the age of seven, taking weekly private lessons as well as exercising my own horses each day.  Most of my journey has focused on the disciplines of Eventing and Show Jumping, however, when attending Houghton College located in West New York, I deepened my understanding and love for Dressage. Although I continue to jump and further my knowledge in Eventing and Show Jumping, I strive each day to achieve excellence in the discipline of Dressage as I have found it to be a true passion of mine. 

In the recent past, I have worked and trained under Susan Barisone Gilson at SBG Dressage in the Rochester Area, as well as trained and competed with my horse Cadenza's Flemming. Currently, I work at Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego, riding for Dawn White O’Connor and also serving as the Arroyo Del Mar Barn Manager.

 

 
 
 

Arroyo Del Mar

in San Diego, CA

 

 

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History

  • Fallbrook Pony Club

  • Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center

  • Linfield Christian High School Equestrian Team

    • Hunter Jumper and Show Jumpers

  • Houghton College

    • Bachelor of Science (2018) Business Administration

    • Bachelor of Science (2018) Major Recreation: Equestrian Performance Track

  • Bristol Hills Pony Club

  • SBG Dressage in Rochester, NY

  • Marie Medosi Dressage and Exclusive Dressage Imports located in Del Mar, CA

  • Dawn White O’Connor Dressage

  • Barn Manager at Arroyo Del Mar, home of Steffen and Shannon Peters

 
 

Relevant Equestrian Experience and Certifications

  • Houghton College Equestrian Society President

  • Student Event Organizer of the Houghton College Equestrian Center

  • Pony Club Member (2004-Present)

  • Del Mar, CA World Of Horses Lead Exhibit Worker and Staff Member (2014-2016)

  • Houghton College Equestrian Camp Staff Member and Instructor

  • Lesson Instructor

  • Houghton College Equestrian Program Teacher Assistant

    • Dressage, Jumping Two, Mini-Prix Show Jumping, Horsemanship One, Eventing

  • Certified New York EMT

  • Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Equine Facility Manager

    • Level 3 EFM

  • Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Instructor

    • Level 4 English with Jumping

  • United States Pony Club 'A' (Dressage Specialty) Graduate

  • USDF Bronze Medal

  • Exclusive Dressage Imports located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

  • Assistant Trainer to Marie Medosi Dressage at Arroyo Del Mar, CA

  • Dawn White O’Connor Dressage

  • Social Media Specialist at EQSOL, an equine marketing company

  • Barn Manger at Arroyo Del Mar, CA

Job 39:19-24- “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying.He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons. He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; he does not turn back from the sword. Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear, and the javelin.With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground; he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet."

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