(1936 - 2012)
of Santa Rosa, California, Sharon resided in Berthoud,
Colorado for over 20 years.
of Washington, General Studies. Major was Public Policy
has owned horses since 1949. From 1961-66, she co-owned
and operated the largest commercial horse ranch in Northern
California, handling 8500 head in 6 years. She acted as
a buyer for 5 of those years, purchasing 6,000 head.....with
the opportunity to appraise, and the intent to buy, over 50,000
horses. Notable horses that went through the ranch were
Sutter's Showboy, Pacific Coast Champion Jumper in the 1960's;
Red Chief R, known as Pancho, 2 time winner of the Tevis-Cup...once
setting the all time speed record of 11 hours and 18 minutes
on the original Tevis Trail....also the winner of the Haggin
Best Condition Award; Jubulian K., one of the most highly
awarded Appaloosa halter and Performance Appaloosas ever campaigned
also operated a horse breeding program from 1955 through 1974,
resuming again in 1991 to 2012. Peak years in the 1960's
involved 100 mares a year.
halter and western performance classes for nearly 20 years.
interested in endurance riding in 1965. Completed theTevis
Cup 100 Miles in One Day Ride in 1967 on Easter Ute, owned by
James Drury of the Virginian TV Series. Since that time,
she has completed the Tevis Cup two more times, as well as other
one day 100 milers, and 50 mile endurance rides. Sharon
has not only competed extensively in the United States, but
also has competed in Australia, Germany and England. She
was an International rider before it became commonplace.
As a result of a severe back injury sustained from a car accident
in 1982, her endurance riding career was cut short.
the first National Distance Program for a horse registry.
Assisted the Pinto Assn., International
Arabian Assn., and US Pony Clubs develop their distance programs.
She also wrote and was the principal subject in the first commercially
made film about endurance riding, along with writing and photographing
the Competitive Trail Ride slide set for 4-H US Extension Service.
1973 to 2012, she conducted a Nationwide and International
clinic and lecture series on Endurance and Competitive Riding,
trail preservation, wild horse behavior, and saddle fitting
in 48 States of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Hungary,
Germany, Holland, England, Switzerland, and Brazil. In
the U.S., some of these presentations were made at Universities
such as Cornell, Purdue, and 4 branches of the University of
California. Also Universities in North Carolina, Idaho,
Missouri, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee and Colorado.
In 1972, Sharon
designed the first endurance trail saddle to be put into mass
production, thus starting an international business that continues
to this date.
as the #2 National Horse Coordinator and the first business
manager of the BiCentennial Wagon Train, she also pioneered
the original operational manual for that Nationwide Trek.
Sharon also organized, managed, and rode in a relay from Independence
hall, Pennsylvania to the gates of the White House in Washington,
DC, using the historic time schedule of Paul Revere for that
with initiating the idea of the Nez Perce Trail becoming a National
Trail, she provided written testimony for the US Senate hearings
and gained necessary support for legislation in both Houses
of Congress. Testified before the US Senate in Idaho and
Washington,DC, and the California State Senate, regarding land
use issues that relate to the horse industry.
of the Trails Unlimited slide series on the subjects of horses
and land use and trail development, the series was distributed
throughout the US, Australia and Canada. She also made
presentations on behalf of horse use on recreational lands to
just about every Federal land management agency in Washington,DC.
Also, Sharon acted as a consultant to city, county state agencies
and professional planners regarding integration of open space
and recreational elements into general plans...and site specific
In 1980, Sharon
was re-elected to National Trails Council Board of Directors
with the highest vote of a Nationwide slate of Nominees.. and
...was honored to receive a US Forest Service 75th Anniversary
Award for "outstanding service in appreciation of your
significant contributions to Forestry and Conservation"
Similiar awards in 1981 from the State of California and trail
associations of Canada and Australia. Most recently, she
was included as one of the U.S. Pony Club 50th Anniversary "Legends",
and was inducted into the Sonoma County California Horse Council
Hall of Fame.
with numerous published articles for over 40 years in 100 different
horse publications in the US, Canada, Australia, and Holland,
her photography has been in National Geographic, Xerox, Farnam,
Equus, US Forest Service, Dept. of the Interior, President Ford
Museum, and numerous horse magazine covers.
83, 84, she conducted a Nationwide seminar series re: Land Use
and the Horse Industry, sponsored by Farnum Co and Millers.
In 1985 and 86, she conducted a Nationwide lecture series on
wild horse behavior and capture methods sponsored by the Bureau
of Land Management, US Dept. of Interior.
In 1987, she
turned full attention to her saddle business, developing both
horned and no horn models, now being used in many different
countries. Sharon currently provides saddles for numerous
Saare Saddles are internationally known....Three World Championships,
two Championships in France, two Reserve in Europe, Championships
in Scotland, Switzerland, and the Middle East, have been won
with her saddles. Championships in both Endurance and
Competitive Trail Riding in the U.S. by riders using Sharon's
saddles are too numerous to list.