Instructor bio

  • Bachelors degree in Education
  •  Masters degree in Counseling
  •  Certified Riding Instructor through the “Certified Horsemanship Association” (CHA)*
  • Certified in English, Jumping, Western and Therapeutic
  • Certified Level 3 instructor 
  • Fingerprint clearance card
  • CPR and First Aid trained

*The CHA certification is the most respected for its safety standards   

I have spent my entire career working with children-as a teacher, social worker, counselor, foster parent and a homeschooling mom. Previous to purchasing and opening “barnraised”, I worked at large, local commercial horse facility where I designed, implemented and ran many of the riding programs there, such as “The Horse Experience for the Young Child”, the weekly “Saddle Club” and the Summer Camps. I currently volunteer at Horses with Heart which is a therapeutic riding facility for those with special needs. I was previously the co-director of the Junior Volunteer program at Horses with Heart. I am currently active with Yavapai County 4-H and am serving on the Yavapai County horse committee as the 4-H Horse Show Secretary. The committee runs all of the county events such as shows and clinics.

My two passions in life have always been CHILDREN and HORSES. The approach that I take with children and horses is gentle. I respect that some children have a natural or learned fear of horses and I love helping children through that in a respectful and sensitive way! I also know the value of horses in a child’s life. Strength, courage, character, self-confidence, assertiveness and calm focus are characteristics that strengthen in children at “barnraised” and it’s the horses that help bring that out. 

*If you (or anyone you know) is on or eligible for the Arizona ESA grant (Educational Empowerment Scholorship Accounts)- I am an approved provider for them. The grant will pay all fees.

I am open to questions and I’m absolutely open to working out an individualized plan for your child/ren or clients.