I was one of those "horse crazy" girls who would rather play with her Breyer horses than with Barbies. I had dreamed of having my own horse, and after taking lessons, then leasing my lesson horse, my parents surprised me with him as a Christmas gift! I was 12.
From there, I continued to learn about English showing, including Equitation and Pleasure. As I grew older, I became involved in jumpers, reiners, and working cow horses. As an Animal Science major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I emphasized my studies on equine science, taking courses and participating in horse specific projects, such as Equine Breeding (Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer, Mare, Stallion, and Foal Handling), and the Collegiate Equestrian Team. When I married, I also was introduced to the world of Percheron draft horses. Over the years, I learned to drive singles and teams to carts, wagons and farm implements; I even rode and drove them in local parades. My family was also very involved in the breeding of these great horses.
In 1998, I saw a video of Pat and I immediately fell in love with what he was doing with horses! I became a student and started my journey. In 2000, I attended my first course in Colorado, Advanced Level 2 with Linda Parelli. I returned in 2002 to ride in Pat's Advanced Level 3 course. But, as a fairly new public school teacher, living in a small town, my career took most of my time and I did what I could in the levels with several different horses. I volunteered at every tour stop in the region, and attended clinics every year, mostly spending my time with Dave Ellis, Helen Topp, and Trevor Carter. Although I enjoyed teaching both high school and elementary aged students (Agriculture, English, Special Education mostly), it just wasn't the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life.
In 2010, I was fortunate to attend the Fast Track course. Here, I had planned on "just continuing my horsemanship skills" but saw a new pathway to becoming a Parelli Professional. I saw a new life for me and have since moved through the professionals' program to obtain my 3 Star Status. Over these past four years, I have assisted several courses on the Colorado campus (Fast Track, 2 Star Instructor Course, Refining Level 3/4, Journey to Level 4). In 2014, I was also privileged to be a a participant in the 2014 Colt Start Course and the 2014 Road to the Summit event. In 2015, I spent six week on the Colorado Campus assisting courses! I always love going there to spend quality time with dedicated students!
In addition to my teaching credentials in English, Agriculture, and Special Education, I am a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) registered instructor and work part time at our local therapeutic center, Stable Hands, in Yreka, CA. I am particularly fond of educating those in both the therapeutic and horse welfare fields.
I am here to support you and your horse in your horsemanship skills and development. I offer lessons, workshops, and clinics, as well as horseless workshops to focus on simulations, theory, and viewing of educational materials. I can travel to you as well!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530.598.1131
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