When Steve got ahold of my daughter, Cailey, she was about to give up on riding. He really turned it all around. Cailey has moved up two divisions in six months and is not just pinning but winning championships in very competitive divisions, which is extraordinary. Steve is a fantastic teacher. If Cailey can't understand something one way, he goes above and beyond to find a way she will understand — whether he draws it out in the sand or he gets on and shows her instead of just explaining it.
We're so proud of her and their relationship and bond. He's a good friend to her and they have a great deal of mutual respect for one another. There are a lot of wonderful instructors who can ride and take your horse and win first place but they can't teach you how to do that and Steve does that. He can go out there and place first but he also knows how to set the horse up and get everything ready so Cailey's confident, comfortable and knows what she's doing. He's a great horseman and really loves the horses, which I like as a mom. He's good with my daughter but I know he's going to take good care of the horses too.