Tara started riding at 8 years old and didn’t stop until her accident at the age of 32. She began by doing 4H. Twice she qualified to represent her state, NH, at the Big E in Springfield, MA. Both times she was in the top 3 of her classes.
In 2001, she met Roger Roberts and they started a business together. They specialized in breaking/training horses for driving, jumping and dressage. They were known for doing stallions, young horses, difficult horses and place them in the discipline in which they excelled.
Tara was fortunate to have ridden with some of the top dressage trainers; Lars Petersen, Anky van Grunsven, Uwe Steiner, Michael and Vera Barisone.
Tara and Roger had numerous clients during their time in business together. Many sent horses to get started to ride and/or drive then would return home for their owners to continue training. Together they broke 3 of Woody Johnson’s (J&J and owner of the Jets) young horses. Roger did all the groundwork and Tara did all the riding. She also rode his daughter’s horses after they had time off from the winter show season.
Three years before Tara’s accident she had 3 long-term clients she devoted her time to. She trained stallions for Barbara Schwartz/ Lady Hawk Farm, Carol Carroll/ Aalsmeer Farm, and Bonnie Halka.
Some of Tara’s Favorite Memories and Accomplishments
Tara applied to be in Anky van Grunsvens clinic at Johnson & Wales University in 2004. She was the only person chosen that rode a stallion and a baroque horse in the clinic. Anky was very impressed with his movement. That stallion was Navarre owned by Barbara Schwartz. That same year Navarre got a 2nd at Dressage At Devon in the Dressage Suitability class and won Reserve Champion Mature Horse in hand class against the warmbloods.
In 2004 she rode U Pearl Harbor at Dressage At Devon and was 2nd in the
3 year colts and geldings materiale class.
2005 qualified U Pearl Harbor for the FEI 4yr old test for Dressage At Devon the first year it was offered. They finished 2nd and he was the only stallion in the class.
2005 was BLM Training Level Champion with Barbara Schwartzs’ friesian stallion Elijah.
Her last competition was a great one. Tara rode Bonnie Halkas’ 3yr old Andalusian stallion, Carbenero Del Sol, in the 3 yr old colts and geldings materiale class finishing 2nd and winning the 2006 Born In The USA Award at Dressage At Devon 2006.
Even though Tara is unable to ride she still has a keen eye for horses and volunteers when she is able.