I grew up on a small dairy farm in Afton, Wyoming. Horses were part of my everyday life. We used draft horses to feed cattle, haul hay, and for recreational pulling contests. I rode saddle horses to irrigate crops, on trail rides, and for hunting. I began training colts when I was 10 years old. Race horses became our hobby and I continue to run quarter horses today. I rode my first race when I was 11 years old. I went to University of Wyoming for undergraduate and Colorado State University for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. I came to Cache Valley in 2003 and went to work for Valley Veterinary Services in Richmond, Utah. I became an owner/partner in Valley Vet and enjoyed practicing here for 13 years. I began work at USU in August of 2015 as the Equine Extension Specialist. Horses continue to be an active part of my life. I am a member of the Cache Valley Cutter Racing Association, Utah Horse Pullers Association, and Utah Horse Council.