I've been involved in the equine industry for over 45 years and taught at the Thompson School for over 30 years. My student population included the four-year equine students beginning in 2005. The TSAS and ANSC/Equine faculty collectively created the Four-year Equine program and all Equine faculty continue to hone the curriculum to meet the needs of the industry and student. My favorite classes are the ones that take place in the barn and in the arena. The best experiences are when students "get it", whether it's riding, longeing, bandaging or trotting the triangle with their horse in preparation for the Little Royal Show. Working with motivated students who truly appreciate the joy and wonder of working with horses is the highlight of my day.
I am a United States Pony Club (USPC) graduate and have completed the BHSAI program at Porlock Vale Equitation Centre in Great Britain. My experience spans several aspects of the horse world from working at Runnymede Racing Stable in North Hampton for four years to successfully competing in Eventing with my three-quarters thoroughbred, one-quarter Perceron mare Shandy Dancer. I enjoyed teaching for years at Bushbrook Stable in Biddeford, ME, where the predominant breed was Mustang. I've also worked periodically with the Hampton Mounted Police force and the Dover Mounted Unit in the early days of their existence.
I am active in USPC and have been a Chief Horse Management Judge, a National Examiner and a clinician throughout the country for over forty years. I've served on numerous USPC national committees and was a two-term Board of Governor as well as Vice-President of Instruction for USPC from 2003 to 2005. My national experiences have allowed me to bring many different facets of the equine industry into the classroom to share with my students.
As a registered professional scientist for horses, I teach many of the equine care classes offered at the University, and also teach Animal Business Applications. The most applied equine classes cover handling and most aspects of horse care, including showing in hand and longeing for training. Other information covered includes: conformation and lameness and equine health management.
When not teaching at the University, I enjoy spending time with my husband and grown children as well as riding and teaching others to ride. I also enjoy travel, camping, jet skiing, reading and occasionally get in a motorcycle ride (I'm licensed).”