Stacey grew up riding, eventing, Pony Clubbing, trail riding and foxhunting with her horse Cricket. After graduating in 1996 from Davidson College with a B.A. in Medical Ethics, Stacey returned to working with horses and was particularly drawn towards horses as teachers and healers.
In 2004 she became a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and later added an additional certification as Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Influenced by these roles of horses as partners in teaching and healing, she set out to discover how horses could be trained in a way that honored their sentience, that was mutually beneficial to both horse and human.
"Horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movements, thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Not the horse's." -Mark Rashid
While many training methods focus on what the horse needs to do, Stacey recognized the importance of focusing on what the person needs to do to yield a desirable response from the horse. She had been practicing yoga for many years and knew how beneficial this training off the horse was for horsemanship and riding. In 2019 she became 200 hour registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and began offering Yoga and Horses classes, retreats and workshops.
Based in Rowan County, NC, Stacey offers training, lessons and clinics at LaBelle Equestrian in Mt. Ulla and children's lessons at Foxchase Farm in Salisbury, NC. In partnership with Midnight's Promise Equine Rescue she facilitates therapeutic horsemanship programs in China Grove, NC. She leads studio yoga classes at Heart of Salisbury in downtown Salisbury, NC. She also travels to lead clinics, retreats and workshops.