Victoria has been training horses and providing horsemanship lessons, professionally in Central Oregon for over 20 years. Her profound connection with horses has been present since before she could walk and her passion for working with them has been a guiding force throughout her life.
Her unique bond with her equine partners, along with her excitement to share her love of fine horsemanship in its broad spectrum, has inspired her to develop her innovative Dynamic Horsemanship Program. In her words, “Dynamic Horsemanship is a fusion of classical and compassionate horsemanship principles, somatic experiencing, and spiritual awareness - horsemanship for mind, body, and soul.” Her program encompasses training and riding as well as equine guided experiential therapy and personal growth work. She believes in the healing and soul enhancing power that working with horses can provide humans, which is the essential principle in her work at her ranch, Cascadian Stables in Bend, Oregon.
Victoria's horse training abilities are evident by her accomplishments as a horsewoman and competitor in equine sport, including reining, reined cow horse, cutting and many other performance horse events. During the whole of her career, she has worked with and apprenticed under some of the great horsemen and trainers of our time, including Bob Avila, Robbie Boyce, Shawn Flarida and Donnie Bricker. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to train some of the most renowned equine athletes in the world, AQHA and NRCHA World Champions, Smart Zanolena and Matt Dillon Dun It and NRHA Champion, Lenas Diamond Chex, to name just a few. She has been featured on the cover of The Paint Horse Journal and Cascade Horseman, and was also highlighted in the NRHA Reiner as well as The American Paint Horse, A Photographic Journey.
However Victoria's accolades and accomplishments within the equine industry left her largely unfulfilled. She wanted to create a more holistic program centered around the soulful connection we have with horses. A program that could utilize the healing and empowering essence of true horsemanship. Dynamic Horsemanship, Somatic Equitation, and her Equine Guided Personal Growth and Therapy Workshops are the manifestation of her vision for a more meaningful, congruent career with horses. In 2013 she partnered with her long-time friend Laura Forest LCSW, to create personal growth workshops and retreats facilitated by horses. During that time, she developed her innovative Somatic Equitation program and an equine guided coaching and team curriculum, in which she draws from over 10,000 hours of experience working with horses and people. Victoria has also helped develop is a holistic equine bodywork program with Josh Williams of Cascadian Massage Therapy. This modality uses caring and innovative bodywork techniques and assessment to help equine athletes prevent and overcome injuries, and to help them move fluidly and without pain.
Victoria lives in Tumalo, OR and is a proud mother of grade school aged children. Between shuttling her children between various activities, shepherding their pet goats (Calvin, Ziggy, and Godzilla), and trick training their mini donkey (Buster), she stays plenty busy. She is happy to be raising her family in Central Oregon.