Originally a Saddle Seat rider, Stephanie began riding at the age of eight and quickly dove into showing. By the age of eleven, she began competing in nationally rated shows. From a young age, Stephanie showed a passion for educating others about riding and horse care. With the guidance of her instructor, she took a leadership role in the lesson program as a young teen and began teaching beginner lessons, caring for horses, and instructing other riders on proper horse care and management.
Stephanie began taking hunter/jumper lessons at that time, and proceeded to find her home in the H/J world in college. Stephanie attended Ohio University, and under the tutelage of Karen Heihle and her fellow teammates, Stephanie quickly demonstrated her adaptability as a rider. She rose to the top in her IHSA classes, once more assisting other riders on the team with extra lessons and advice and was elected president her senior year.
It was here that Stephanie truly found her niche in the hunter/jumper world. After stumbling across a difficult, extremely green off-the-track Thoroughbred, Stephanie recognized the potential he held that others simply could not see. With the same patience she uses with her students, Stephanie brought this horse along to great success. She realized then how much she truly enjoys working with green horses, particularly OTTBs.
Stephanie has been boarding at Hinckley Equestrian Center(The facility HSS operates out of) since the farm opened in 2007. After college, she began working at HEC teaching lessons part time. From there, her role in the lesson program continued to progress. Through HEC, Stephanie spent time advancing her education. Before founding High Standards Stables, she was the head trainer of HEC’s riding program for over two years. This role encompassed teaching lessons, coaching young riders at horse shows, and bringing along young horses.
It is apparent that Stephanie's purpose in life is to better each rider’s care and understanding of horses while also igniting their confidence and compassion. Her enthusiasm, patience, and ability to communicate with riders both young and old are attributes that are difficult to find elsewhere. She follows proven techniques and lesson plans that she adapts to fit each individual rider's needs and goals.