My love of both horses and the children who love them, and years of equestrian training and practice, enables me to be a senior volunteer at Wildhorse, a therapeutic horseback riding program in Livermore, CA, directed by Dr. Kari Ann Owen.
I was a preschool teacher for 15 years of infants, toddlers and children up to 12 years of age.
I have been riding since age eight, and was initially trained by the foreman of a ranch in Redding , CA. I then learned the vaquero method of hackamore training (bitless face piece, http://www.horsechannel.com/western-horse-training/vaquero-way-17722.aspx) from a graduate student of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Agricultural and Horsemanship Program while I attended California State University at Chico.
Further training has included more equestrian training and riding clinics while a member of the Walnut Creek 4-H.
The most important clinic I attended was the famous Monte Foreman clinic in the 60’s, while a member of The Contra Costa County Horsemen’s Association, http://www.westernhorseman.com/index.php/featured-articles/article/338-monte-foreman.html. During this time, I was a trail guide at Buckeye Ranch, Lafeyette, California.
As an adult, I trained and rode 4 horses of my own in Brentwood , CA, teaching my 3 daughters at the same time. My preference is for the Arabian horse, for pleasure riding.
I currently own and ride my own Arabian mare that I keep pastured in Bethel Island , CA.
I have taken additional volunteer training at Wildhorse to specifically “task train” in order to assist the disabled riders mount and then proceed through arena and trail classes. Being a senior volunteer means being a Team Leader, making sure that the livelier of the two horses Wildhorse uses for lessons is groomed, tacked up and temperamentally ready for class.
I love Wildhorse, and hope to be present when Wildhorse finds a permanent home.
Please contact Dr. Owen for further information on my character and professionalism through the Wildhorse web site.