Monica is a Florida native and began riding at the age of 7 in hunters and dressage. By the time she turned 16 she decided to combine her interests and pursue eventing. She has competed through Preliminary level. Throughout her eventing career, Monica has focused on starting young horses under saddle and over fences, and restarting off the track thoroughbreds. Most recently, she competed her homebred Dutch WB/TB cross gelding, Bogart, in eventing at the Novice level. Together they won the Area III Novice Horse Championships in 2014. They achieved a USEA Novice Silver Medal in 2014.
Monica began her professional equestrian career in 2001 as a working student for an eventing trainer in Chester County, PA followed by a year as groom and road manager for a grand prix show jumper in Greenville, DE. From 2004-07, she worked for legendary eventing trainer and CCI**** rider Ralph Hill in Ocala, FL. She was responsible for managing the upper level horses, the working students, and riding and competing sale horses. Monica has served as head groom at many CCI*** and CCI**** competitions including Rolex Kentucky, Fair Hill, and Fox Hall, giving her considerable expertise in competition turnout and soundness management for upper level equine athletes.
Monica has taught riders of many levels in dressage and jumping, from children’s beginner lessons to eventers competing in recognized horse trials. Through her mentor Ralph Hill, she developed a teaching philosophy of helping riders in order to make their horse’s job easier. She completed the USEA Instructor Certification Program Dressage Level I/II Workshop with Phyllis Dawson in 2008.
Monica also earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law in 2013, and has several publications in legal academic journals. She is passionate about social justice and has worked on human rights cases, including assisting trafficking victims and asylum seekers. Her work with legal clients led her to realize how much her teaching and coaching experiences have developed her communication skills and ability to ease a client’s anxiety in any setting.