Valerie thinks it is important for an owner, rider, sponsor, etc. to recognize and celebrate the small day to day accomplishments made by a horse. That said, she is extremely competitive! She wants a record to reflect that progress has been made, as well as the countless hours of effort it took to get a horse to perform to the best of its ability. Valerie is quite proud of her fabulous horses, superstar students, and stellar accomplishments! Along with the help of her A-rated list of coaches (listed below), she is certain that her success, both personal and public, will continue well into the future. Valerie happy to pass along all of my wisdom to the clients that she teaches and to the competitors that she judges.


In pursuit of personal excellence, Valerie works frequently with a list of world class, Olympic caliber (and experienced!) instructors and mentors. By constantly expanding and updating her own riding and teaching skills, she can proudly offer all of the horses and students training exercises and aids that allow all of BCE to be a part of a winning program. Most recently she have worked with the following (loved every moment and know there are more to come!), please click on their links to learn more about them:

Karen O’Connor – 3 time Olympian, Pan Am Games Gold and Silver Medalist, 10 time US Lady Rider of the Year and still going!

Linda Zang – World-renowned dressage guru having both ridden in and judged the Olympics and trained numerous others to get there; has judged 6 World Cup Finals and counting; President of the Ground Jury at 2010 World Equestrian Games

Jimmy Wofford – Known around the globe to be the best eventing trainer the US has ever had; former coach of the Candian Olympic team and 3 time Olympian himself, author, and TV commentator

Marilyn Payne – An upper level event and dressage rider herself, has earned most of her recognition as the best US Eventing judge in history, has judged every major CCI4* in the world including the 2008 Bejing Olympics, and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and the President of the Ground Jury at the 2016 Rio Olympics – the first woman to judge TWO Olympics!!

I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help I have received along the way from some good friends willing to teach me a thing or two! Thanks to everyone who has helped me in the past: Jan Byyny, Mara DePuy, Kim Severson, my NAYRC Team coach Phillip Dutton, Packy McGaughan, Bonnie Mosser, and Janice Binkley-Cole




  • 31st Place Blenheim Palace CCI4*-L with Favian
  • 1st Place Bromont CCI4*-S with Favian
  • 5th Place Carolina International Advanced with Favian
  • 4th Place Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials with Favian


  • Top 25 Maryland 5 Star CCI5*-L with Favian
  • 2nd Place Virginia International CCI2*-S with Versace
  • Completed Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-L with Favian
  • 3rd Place Fair Hill International April Horse Trials with Versace
  • Top 20 The Fork @ TIEC CCI4*-S with Favian
  • 3rd Place Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials with Favian


  • Completed Tryon International CCI4*-L with Favian


  • Top 15 finish at Ocala Jockey Club CCI4*-L with Favian
  • Judged at the final Fair Hill International
  • Multiple students on the USEA leaderboards
  • President of the Ground Jury at the American Eventing Championships


  • Slick Moves becomes one of the winningest horses in the Thoroughbred Incentive Program
  • Received the Best Turned Out award at the Virginia CCI3*-L with Favian
  • Received the FEI Level 2 promotion
  • Students become key members of Intercollegiate Eventing teams


  • Favian was named USEA Reserve Champion Preliminary Horse of the Year
  • Received the USEF ’S’ Eventing Judges License
  • Had students competitive at Area Championships and CCIs through 3*
  • Recipient of the FEI Global Education Grant


  • Received the USEF ‘R’ Eventing Judges License
  • Had 3 students on the USEA National Leaderboard
  • Judged FEI competitions for the first time


  • Area II Preliminary Reserve Champion
  • Magic Mike wins multiple TIP Awards at Preliminary and Training
  • Earned a USEA Blue Ribbon Award at Preliminary with Willie Wiggins – in his first 3 Preliminarys!
  • Had 3 students on the USEA Year End National Leaderboard Standings


  • Earned USEA Blue Ribbon Award on Cover Story
  • Officiated at some of the most prestigious events in the US! The Fork, Rebecca Farms, Ocala International, Area I Championships, Poplar Place Farms to name a few
  • Had 2 students on the USEA Year End National Leaderboard Standings


  • Received Blue Ribbon Award at Intermediate on Fernhill Whatever
  • BCE moves to Sudley Farm!


  • 3rd place finish at Area II Preliminary Championships on Fernhill Whatever
  • Narrowly missed a CIC** win on Playtime, to finish 2nd at Fair Hill
  • Received Best Presented Award at Midsouth Hagyard CCI*


  • Made the Advanced Level debut!
  • Tackled my first 3* on Clifton Jade
  • Won the Cosequin Stuart CIC* on Playtime
  • USEA Blue Ribbon Award on Splish Splash


  • Two Top Ten finishes on Clifton Jade at two CCI**s!
  • Received my USEF ‘r’ Eventing Judge’s license



Received USEA Blue Ribbon Award on Thriller, the first year the award was created


Won CCI* at Virginia beginning to end on Trick


The Year of the Dressage Queen! Too many High Score Awards to mention!


A perfect cross country year – ZERO cross country penalties for the entire year!


The first truly international International competition – an 11th placed finish at Bromont CCI*


  • Received ‘A’ Pony Club rating at minimum age of 16
  • Four year member of United States Dressage Federation Region
  • 1 Junior/Young Rider Championship teams
  • Honorary Whipper-in, staff member of Marlborough Hunt Club
  • Possessed Maryland Racing Commission Thoroughbred galloping license