Carla is a University of Georgia Alumna, graduating in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. Carla joined the equestrian staff in 2006 as the head Western Coach and teaches dressage instruction as well. Carla is responsible for coaching the IHSA Western Team, and teaching horse judging classes. Carla has won three World Championships at AQHA Youth Worlds, and was All Around Youth at American Quarter Horse Congress. Carla has also won a bronze medal in dressage. She has been an AQHA judge for 34 years, and spent 31 years as a NRHA and NSBA judge. She has judged in eight foreign countries. Carla has also worked at other universities prior to coming to St. Andrews. She spent six years at Colorado State University, five years at the University of Georgia, and almost five at Martin Community College.
In 2008 Carla was honored as AQHA Horseman of the Year and in Oct. 2010 she served as a FEI steward for reining at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. In 2012 she was awarded IHSA Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and in 2016 and 2017 Carla’s IHSA Western team were National Champions. In 2019, Carla was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award. A multi-faceted horsewomen she also has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver medals.
“Making the horse’s welfare foremost is the job of the FEI steward and by working at the World Games justified to me this work as a steward is exactly that!”