Nancy Leigh Fisher was born in Louisville, KY, just a few miles from the famous Rock Creek Riding Club. Nancy, however, was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where her riding career started at the age of six under the direction of Estaire Berkeley at the Ft. Lauderdale Riding School. Nancy's parents were originally from Wausau, Wisconsin where they owned a summer home. Nancy has always thought of herself as a Wisconsin native and returned here nineteen years ago.
During her teenage years, Nancy spent summers riding in Kentucky under the direction of legendary trainers such as Tom Moore, Jim B. Robertson, Ed Teater and Garlund Bradshaw. Nancy would work her own horses in the winters and then in late spring move them to these trainers for the show season.
Nancy is probably best remembered for her rides with the three-gaited mare Cara Mia. In 1969, they won the Minton Memorial Juvenile Three-Gaited World Championship and in 1970 successfully moved up to the Amateur division, winning the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 and Amateur Three-Gaited World Championships. 1970 was an undefeated year for Nancy and Cara Mia. The next year they returned to Louisville to defend and retain their Amateur Over 15.2 title. They were reserve in the Championship. In 1971, Nancy was also successful with her gaited mare Wing's Fair Lady, winning the Amateur Mare class and the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship.