Gwyn began riding and showing as a small child, and by the age of 13 was catch-riding sale horses and green prospects. Early in her career she had the good fortune of working with – and learning from – wonderful trainers in Northern California. While a student at Stanford University, she was a founding member of their Equestrian Team, and soon after graduation, coached the first team to represent Stanford at the IHSA National Championships. She opened Cardinal Farms in Woodside in 1994.
After taking a hiatus to work as assistant to Richard Spooner in Pennsylvania, she returned to the Bay Area with a focus on the jumper ring. During this period, she specialized in finding excellent equine partners for her junior and amateur clients, who won show championships and classics throughout California. Her fondest memories are of the horses that she found as green-broke 4-year-olds, and developed to compete in Open Jumper Classics and Grand Prix.
In addition to their jumper ring accomplishments, Gwyn’s students have won or been top finishers in many prestigious equitation competitions, including: USEF Talent Search Finals – West, WCE Medal Finals, Foxfield Medal Finals, Strides & Tides Medal Finals, NorCal Junior Medal Finals and NorCal Pony Medal Finals.
Soon after the birth of her daughter, Gwyn limited her horse activities to being on the coaching staff of the Stanford Equestrian Team; but gradually she found her way back to riding and showing. In 2011, she rode “Zwansea” to the 6 Year Old Young Horse Suitabilty Championship at the Sacramento International Horse Show.
Gwyn enjoys developing young jumpers, improving riders’ balance and feel, and – most of all – helping horses maximize their athletic potential through thoughtful and consistent flatwork, cavaletti and jumping exercises. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the excellent training team and high quality horses of Northern Run.