I grew up with horses but didn't go to the track until after high school when I started riding quarter horses at the bush tracks in Montana and Wyoming. I started riding Thoroughbreds in California then on to Turf Paradise in Phoenix. In 1992 I became the first and only female to earn the leading rider title. In 2008 I retired from riding and started training. The first horse I trained for North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. was Taylors Deal in 2011 where we won the Lost In The Fog stake at Turf Paradise then on to win the Turf Paradise Derby. Two years later I went to California and worked for Glen full time, and also had the pleasure of being assistant to Troy Taylor. The past couple of years have been spent between Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise.
As a kid Shawn grew up around Hastings Park visiting there on weekends with his father and working there every summer throughout high school. After high school Shawn worked full time on the backside. His 12-year career included spending time working at Woodbine and Santa Anita. Shawn has had the pleasure of working for a lot of great horsemen and taking care of some remarkable racehorses like 2013 Longacres Mile winner, Herbie D, and 2019 BC Oaks winner, Amazonian. He got his trainer's license in 2016 and won his first start as a trainer that year. Shawn joined the NATHC team in late 2018 and was part of an amazing year when NATHC won the BC Oaks, the BC Derby and the S.W. Randall Plate on the same day.