After entering in and winning her first horse show, the rest has been history! After congruent placings in the top 3 for the USET and Maclay medals, she moved into the jumper stage to compete in the High Junior/AO Jumpers and Grand Prix classes. It was here her riding blossomed under the training of Argentinian Olympian, Guillermo Obligado. She consistently placed in the top 3 throughout the west coast A Circuit competitions. Her Junior career ended with a 2nd place for the Zone 10 Junior/AO finals at the Los Angeles International Horse Show. Her passion for horses transformed into a love for training others, focusing on horsemanship and equitation, as she continued to ride and show sale horses for prospective buyers.
Relocating to Seattle in her early 20’s, Melissa began training for an elite local trainer at Potcreek Meadow Farm in Redmond, Washington. Just a few years later, Melissa returned to school to begin developing a career and this was the first step in launching a very successful career in retail merchandising and graphic management. Melissa remained involved with horses and began volunteer work with disabled children, engaging them in physical and emotional therapies in the Portland metro area.
As time elapsed, it became increasingly more difficult to find satisfaction in the corporate world. She felt deeply that her joy and success would be found doing what she had always loved—working with horses—and returned back to Seattle. Within a few weeks and some networking, serendipity led her to Kate Shook and the farm, where she continues to work for Kate as an instructor and rider at B. Kate Stables.