What is your main task in the office?
I am the first point of contact for USDF. I answer incoming calls and direct phone calls according to member needs.
Members may call you concerning:
I receive various questions regarding USDF and the sport of dressage. Inquiries that I am unable to answer are transferred to the appropriate staff member for further assistance.
How long have you been with USDF?
I started at USDF in July of 2018.
How did you get started?
I wanted a job that would give me an opportunity to grow and learn.
What is the favorite part of your job?
I enjoy customer service and helping others, including my co-workers.
What is your favorite part of USDF?
I admire that USDF is always making the sport of dressage fun, interactive, and fresh. There are so many opportunities to grow and learn for everyone in the dressage sport, as well as many goals to accomplish. From competing to judging, USDF provides all the resources one needs to succeed in the sport of dressage.
Share a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in the central valley of California. Though I lived in the city, I was surrounded by agriculture and plenty of horse ranches. My mother’s love of horses, stirred my interest as a young child. I quickly grew a passion for horses and their ability to not only learn but to teach. I was hooked. I began helping my mother at a ranch in my early teens, where in exchange for cleaning stalls, I began riding lessons. My parents bought me my first horse when I was a freshman in high school after working hard to finish all my CHA level lessons. He is a big, handsome leopard Appaloosa/Warmblood gelding named Aragorn. We connected immediately upon our first meeting and have been bonded ever since. In typical Appaloosa fashion, he is a giant ham and loves attention. He has more personality than some people. He is a ‘dressage drop out’, as he didn’t quite fit the bill as a dressage horse. When my parents purchased Aragorn, I did not own a saddle, so I did a lot of bareback riding. He will be 24 this year.
After graduating high school, I spent three years at my hometown junior college. While I was working part time, completing my general education, and trying to decide on a career path, I earned AS degrees in Agricultural Business and Animal Science. I graduated from Morehead State University as a Licensed Veterinary Technician with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Morehead State University has a nationally ranked Veterinary Technology program that offers a Bachelor of Science degree. At the time, no schools in California offered such a degree. I worked in equine and small animal medicine while attending school and after graduation. In 2018, I decided it was time to find a job where I could grow and learn that was not so mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding. USDF has given me the opportunity to be involved with horses and learn and grow in the sport of dressage.
While attending college, I met my husband who is a Kentucky native. He was part of MSU’s Equestrian Team, where he focused on the reining discipline. We both share a love for horses and hope to someday have a ranch of our own. Currently, we have two dogs and one cat.