I've been involved in the equine industry for over 30 years and have been teaching at the Thompson School for over 21 years. My favorite classes are the ones that take place in the barn and 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 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 thirty 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 all of the equine care classes offered at the Thompson School and also teach Animal Business Applications to all of the second year Applied Animal Science students. The most applied equine classes cover handling and care, including showing in hand and longeing for training. Other information covered includes: conformation and lameness, applied equine management and a course that covers how to organize and run a combined tests competition which is open to the public.
When not teaching at the Thompson School, I enjoy spending time with my husband and grown children as well as riding and teaching others to ride. I also enjoy camping, jet skiing, reading and occasionally get in a motorcycle ride (I'm licensed).”
- M.O.E., Adult and Continuing Education, University of New Hampshire
- B.S., Animal Sciences, University of New Hampshire