About Shayne

Shayne grew up in Northern California and began riding competitively at 4-years-old. 

Her biggest influence as a young rider was Brent Graef, a cowboy from Texas. Brent’s training style was greatly influenced by classical dressage and with his encouragement, Shayne pursued her first working student position for Grand Prix Dressage rider Christiane Noelting. Christiane instituted excellent basics in care, sales, and training, which are still important pillars in Shayne's program today.

After high school, Shayne moved to Eugene, OR to attend The Univeristy of Oregon. Shortly after, she was introduced to Lisa Kelly-Simmons. Lisa’s knowledge of classical dressage stems from her long-time mentor, Karl Mikolka, former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School.

With Lisa’s support, Shayne pursued high performance dressage. Some highlights in her career include working under Shannon & Steffen Peters, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Kathy Priest, and Shawna Harding.

In 2012, Caroline Stearns gave Shayne the ride on Just Livingston, a Hanoverian/ Thoroughbred gelding. With Kathy and Olivia's help, Shayne qualified for Gladstone, competed in her first CDI, and finished an incredible season with scores as high as 74%. Livingston and Caroline were instrumental in Shayne's development as an FEI rider. 

In early 2017, Olympian Jan Ebeling offered Shayne an assistant trainer position in Moorpark, CA. She made her way back to the West Coast to work alongside Jan and to be closer to family.

Shayne has become a popular rider, instructor, and clinician in the Los Angeles and Malibu areas. In 2018, she complete her USDF Gold Medal on her self-trained horse, Perignon and she is aiming for the GP CDIs in early 2019.