Courtney was born in Columbia, South Carolina. She moved here at the age of 7 and graduated Virginia Hgh before attending ETSU business school. It was during this time that she met her future husband Benji, a graduate of Sullivan East high school. He moved to California after enlisting with the Marine Corps and Courtney followed shortly thereafter. They were married in California in 2014. In November 2014 their daughter, Lucy, was born.
Courtney first began showing at the age of 8. She showed even while attending ET issue. Her first horse Stormy was obtained during middle school. She competed in the East Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association and accumulated honors including year-end champion of Hunter and equitation two years running. She also achieved the sportsman award and was a finalist in the adult amateur metal category. Circumstances dictated her leaving the competition world before she left for California. However while in California she found that something was missing from her life. That something was horses. She obtained her next horse, Nick, and he was the love of her life as well as being the horse to which she attributes her equestrian skills. She competed again winning several champion and reserve champion awards. She was also fortunate in being able to attend many clinics, one being given by Rob Gage, chief d'equip, of the Venezuelan national team.
In August 2016, Courtney, Benji and Lucy returned to the Tri-Cities area. Courtney had obtained a position as adjunct instructor for beginner and intermediate students at Virginia Intermont equestrian program. The manager and instructor opportunity became available at Hawley Farm Stables and Courtney began her career there on August 30, 2017 with Nick following her. Nick was a valued member of the family until he passed in 2018.
Courtney enjoys introducing people of all ages to the joys of all that is equine. She is quite skilled at teaching beginning riders to the more advanced rider. In addition to riding skills she also familiarizes people with all things equestrian. She looks forward to hearing from you.