After graduating from the University of Georgia he worked for 4 years in the family business, Bloom Inc. as Vice-President of sales and Chief Mechanical Engineer. In 1980 he returned to the horse business full time as a hunter farrier. In 1986 he purchased Full Bloom Farm and began boarding and training hunter-jumpers. In 1988 he won the GHJA Equitation Finals as an Adult Amateur.
In 1989 he became a local professional trainer and instructor. In 1990 he began judging the southeastern and Pennsylvania hunter-jumper shows. From 1991 to 1993 he was the head coach of the UGA IHSA Equestrian Team. Since 1993 he has transitioned from the farrier business to hunt seat riding instructor, specializing in intermediate and advanced junior and adult local riders.
Many of his students have advanced to the A circuit at such venues as Harrisburg, Washington DC and Madison Square Gardens. In 2004 his article "The Art of Being Judged" was published in the Mane and Tail Magazine. In April 2007 he received his USEF 'r' Judging license in Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation. He also provides Hunter clinics around the country and judges clinics for parents, trainers and riders on how judging works.
Read more at Hanks website www.fullbloomfarm.net