My first memory of horses is of a beloved school horse named Mike that I could ride at a barn where my mom was taking lessons. He was a big bay with floppy ears and rumor had it he was over 30. Even though I was between 3 and 4 years old at the time, I remember feeling a warm, happy excitement whenever I got to ride Mike. I loved riding and being with horses even at that early age.
As I grew up I spent many hours watching my mother and sisters ride and show horses. I loved to be at the barn, petting the horses and talking to them. I liked to sneak a carrot to my favorite horse Trina. When I finally got to ride her I was so excited!
I took sporadic riding lessons as a teenager and I rode yearly with my family during our annual vacation to a dude ranch. We had hours of fun riding through the trees, and canyons, crossing rivers and spending many hours in the beautiful outdoors of Wyoming.
When I went off to college there wasn't much time for horses. My focus shifted to my art and I became a painter. I graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Boston and within two years had moved to Istanbul, Turkey. During my 8 years there, I taught English to business professionals and continued to paint.
Over time I realized I wanted to work with horses and be outdoors. After moving back to the United States I became an Assistant Horse Trainer and Riding Instructor at a show barn. I got the idea to become an equine body worker while working with a 26 year old lesson horse named Strawman. (See picture above - I am giving a lesson to a little girl riding Strawman.) His neck was so tight, the muscles felt like metal bands and I wanted to help him. I began researching equine massage schools and discovered Equinology in California. Now, I am a certified Equine Body Worker® in the process of completing my Master Equine Body Worker® certification. I founded Celeris Equine with the mission of improving the performance, health and quality of life for horses.