I moved to Williston Florida in January of 2014 to escape the long, cold winters of Maine. I have worked at Mending Fences since September 2015, at which time I began to get acquainted with a few of the equine members of our team.
Horses have been a daily part of my life since I was four years old when my mother brought home a not so sweet Shetland pony named Goldie. That was over forty years ago, and horses continue to be an important part of my life. I have been involved in the horse industry in various roles: buying, selling, training, transporting, boarding, and instructing clients. I spent time as an apprentice at AL-Marah Arabians in both the sale barn and the breeding barn. I have been very fortunate to work with accomplished horse people that have educated me, but also kept me safe. In April 2001, I became a PATH registered riding instructor and in October 2015 I earned the PATH certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In January 2018, I returned to school at Webster University in Ocala to begin a master’s program in licensed mental health counseling. I plan to use this education to continue combining the incredible and powerful combination of equines and therapy.