Trout Creek Elementary School and Summerland Secondary School, graduating in 1977. University of British Columbia BCom 1985 and JD 1986.
How I got started on my career:
I started riding horses at the age of seven in the West Bench area. Then rode with Nick Holmes-Smith and family from Oliver/ Osoyoos. I rode until attending UBC. In 1986, I moved to Toronto and was riding dressage and lower level 3-day eventing. I worked for Quick Law, QL Systems in Toronto and relocated to their head office in Kingston, Ontario as assistant to the President. I started riding full-time in 1989 leaving QL Systems. 1994 was my first international experience at the World Championships in Den Hague, Netherlands. Then I competed at the following areas:
1999 Pan American Games, 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, 2003 Badminton, Gloucestershire, England and the 2004 Athens Olympics. Presently, I am the professor and chair of the Department of Equine Science, Otterbein University Westerville, OH. This job happens to encompass all that I have done and studied. This is my seventh year in this position.
Highlights & interests:
I play tennis, piano and in the past, skied regularly at Apex mountain where my father and brother have cabins. I won some provincial slalom titles as a teenager. SCUBA diving and flying airplanes are other interests.
I studied French at the Sorbonne, Paris, France in my twenties.
National Coaching Certification Program of Canada (NCCP) Level 3.
Advice to young people:
Find something you are passionate about and listen to how it speaks to you and how it makes you feel. This is an example of what my passion said to me:
Horses are a reflection of how we approach life, with the requirements of patience, kindness, understanding, flexibility and a certain will to get the job done. Such a delicate balance. Yet this balance will offer success in all endeavors. If you can calm and befriend a 1000 pounds; you can calm an adversary. The world is truly yours.