HEAD TRAINER and INSTRUCTOR
At HART: As the head trainer and instructor at Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, Shannon has a broad list of responsibilities. Her top priorities are the safety of the rider and care for the horse’s emotional and physical well-being. She is responsible for coordinating riders with suitable horses and instructors to provide a challenging yet safe learning environment. To maintain a comfortable work level for the horses, she also manages any leases of the horses and coordinates all show schedules.
Shannon coaches our competitive and more advanced riders in disciplines of dressage, eventing, hunters and natural horsemanship. She has a wide range of experience, ability and knowledge that mold our riders into well-rounded equestrians. As our trainer, she helps foster the bond between rider and horse, whether it is a new partnership through an adoption or an existing partnership that needs a push to the next level. A solid foundation that includes balance, communication and understanding the horse is at the pinnacle of her training of both horse and rider.
Off the Clock: Aiden, Shannon’s 9-year-old son is her priority away from the barn. They enjoy baseball, home schooling, and mostly snuggling and laughing together. Shannon also owns two special horses: an adopted OTTB mare and a warmblood mare.
Background: Shannon’s passion for horses started early. She began riding lessons here in Brevard County at the age of 7, began competing in hunters by the age of 8, and was teaching lessons by the age of 16. She has also competed in eventing and dressage. She studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and worked in the environmental field for a short time. She continued riding, teaching and training even with a move to Denver, CO and then to Vail, CO. She has been back in Brevard County since 2004 and slowly the story of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds has unfolded.