Heather started riding as a child on the hunter/jumper circuit in Montana.  Making the transition to dressage in her late teens, Heather was a working student for dressage judges Sonja Vracko and Anne Gribbons.  Heather was introduced to exhibition and haute ecole training when she joined Matt and Lori on the Lipizzaner Stallion Show.  In the 1990s, Heather obtained her law degree and became an analyst in Washington DC.  In 2010, she returned to the horse industry, joining Matt McLaughlin Dressage as a trainer and business manager.  Heather has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold rider medals and was a participant in the USDF ‘L’ judge program.