Animals, especially horses and dogs, have been my passion and an integral part of my entire life. I started riding in a mounted drill team while in junior high school and then showed in everything western my horse Fleet’s Lark would let me all through high school. As the Trinity County Rodeo Queen and the CCPRA State Queen 1st Runner-Up, I had an incredible year promoting the sport of rodeo and my love for horses. As a 4-H project I raised 5 Guide Dogs for the Blind, focusing on basic obedience, showmanship and socialization skills, with 4 out of 5 of those pups graduating as guide dogs or brood bitches. I also trained and showed my own dogs in obedience and showmanship.
I started Chico State University as a Pre-Vet major, but decided that was going to be just too emotional for my deep love of animals and left college after my first year to enter the workforce and experience life. Many years (and two children) later, I returned to Shasta College to pursue my dream with horses, graduating with a degree in Equine Science and a focus on Holistic Resource Management. The Flying M Ranch was created during assignments for classes taken during my time at Shasta College, growing herbs, practicing Holistic Resource Management, raising small livestock and breeding cow-bred AQHA horses. After commuting five semesters from Hayfork, Shasta College “kicked me out” and sent me back to CSU, Chico to complete my teaching credential in Agriculture Science. The past 20 years have been exhilarating as I shared my love of agriculture and animals with many students, both as a traditional Ag teacher, and in non-traditional and Extension education positions. Coaching the 4-H and FFA Horse Judging/Dog Quiz and leadership contest teams as well as building a Dog Agility Park on the WY State Fairgrounds tops the list of highlights! Through it all I continued to ride, show, breed and raise horses which continues to be a passion of mine! When Animal Therapy Systems (ATS) was first introduced to me in 2017, I jumped on the chance to merge my love of animals with the opportunity to promote optimized health and became a Certified ATS Equine and Canine Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse Therapist.
2018 - Certified ATS Equine and Canine Electro Acuscope and Myopulse Therapist
2012 - CSHA Region 18 D7 Buckle and multi-hi point Winner with Frosty
2009-2012 CSHA Region 18 active member showing in Halter, Horsemastership, Trail, Gymkhana, Western Pleasure/Equitation (Frosty, Snip, Teqita, Scamper)
2010-2012 Redding Women's Rodeo Association member / ChicksNChaps organizer
2007 - Sul Ross State University - Graduate Student of the Year, Animal Science Department
1998 - CSU, Chico - Teaching Credentials (Agriculture and Ag Specialist)
1995 - Shasta College - Equine Science AA degree
1980s - current, AQHA member
Stay tuned for the upcoming return of breeding AQHA horses and Nubian/Boer goats!