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.