Phone: (443) 695-3780
Location: Monkton, MD
I put the well being of the horses first, always. However, this in turn, puts the owners interest first, as well. My boutique stable ensures your horse will have MY full attention as well as the attention of my talented staff. I take pride in keeping my horses happy and healthy. Happy and healthy horses will always give you that little bit extra to get the job done and WIN. I enjoy and excel at developing young horses to reach their full potential by understanding which division suits them best and placing them where they can WIN. My extraordinary horsemanship facilitates an environment in which your horse will have a long and successful career. When it does come time for a horse to retire, the cross training methods I use quickly and profitably transition horses into their next career.
My Experience and Background
I grew up riding in Pony Club and competing nationally on the horse show and eventing circuits, ranking nationally. I attained my C-3 level in pony club at age 17 before leaving home to pursue my passion, a career in racing. I have worked for some of the top trainers including, Ken McPeek, Ann Merryman and Catherine Robinson on the racetrack as well as Tom Voss, Jack Fisher, Bruce Miller and Lilith Boucher in steeplechasing. At the age of 19, in the midst of completing my bachelors degree in psychology at Towson University, I arranged the breeding of my first homebred, Farah T Salute. After breeding, raising and training the Boy Done Good filly, she went out to win in her first start on the flat at Colonial Downs. Farah T Salute would go on to win one more on the flat before switching to steeplechasing. Over hurdles she became a multiple stakes winner. At eight years old, Farah T Salute retired sound and sane, ready for a new chapter in her life. She now enjoys retirement as a lead pony, schooling partner, school master for kids learning how to jump hurdles, show horse, fox hunter and anything else I ask of her. I come from a background of horsemen. My father is a highly regarded farrier in New Jersey who also uses draft horses to pull farm machinery on his organic farm. My mother trains event horses, some of which have come from my racing string and have gone on to successful eventing careers. My younger sister, Rosie Napravnik, recently retired as one of the top jockeys in the country and now trains OTTBs for eventing.
I have been called "Queens of the Fillies" more than once. Not surprising considering my biggest wins have come from some of my smallest fillies. Homebred Farah T Salute gave me my first stakes win at Palm Beach and another in Georgia at Callaway Gardens. A former $5,000 claimer, Green Velvet won steeplechasing's biggest filly and mare race at Far Hills as a maiden, in her third career jump start; she would go on to win at Fair Hill the following spring, as well. I brought Bau Bai Gold home from Beulah Park after she was beaten 40 lengths in a $3,500 maiden claimer and proceeded to train her to multiple stakes placings and nearly Filly/Mare Champion of the year had she not had an unfortunate accident the morning of the last race of the year. I love the challenge of polishing a diamond in the rough others have passed by.