EAGALA Trained Equine Specialist
Since she was a small child, Vicki has been passionate about horses and obsessed with being out in nature with them. Her early life was filled with trail riding and camping with her dad and the horses in Southern California. She became a competitive equestrian early on, and in 1988 she quit riding and moved to Santa Cruz to pursue a BA in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
After missing the horses and the positive influence they had on her life, in 1992 Vicki began her professional career by founding Ridgemark Farm, LLC.. Vicki's students have won numerous National and State Hunter, Jumper and Equitation awards. Vicki prides herself on her commitment to continuing education within the horse industry. She regularly attends clinics and seeks counsel from 1988 Silver Medalist Greg Best, 1996 Olympic Course Designer Linda Allen, and multiple time National Champion Hunter/Jumper Trainer Jim Hagman.
Over the past 10 years, Vicki has become devoted to the work of Buck Brannaman, and has been a regular participant in his Northern California clinics. In 2013 she began to study with Sport Psychologist Carrie Wicks Ph.D and is a graduate of her W(I)NNER'S CIRCLE program. She also completed the educational programs of Equine Alchemy and Creative Awakenings International which were both pivotal turning points in her life. Through her work with the above mentors she created a program called 'Horse(wo)manship'. Using observation of the horses in their herd, exercises with them in the round pen, journaling, and guided meditation, Horse(wo)manship participants delve deep into the exploration of the Self. Participants learn specific tools that help them meet their personal challenges with both strength and grace as well as techniques which enable them to live their very best, most authentic lives.
BA Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Certified Equine Specialist
Graduate of Intro to Equine Assisted Coaching and Leadership Program, Equine Alchemy
Graduate of Introduction to Eponaquest, Creative Awakenings International
She has collaborated with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Services to facilitate EAL groups for children enrolled in their Grief Support Services.
Vicki has also partnered with Dr. Lily Rich, PhD to provide EAGALA Certified Psychotherapy to private clients. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband of 25 years and is an active member of the 12 Step Recovery Community there.