Since she was a small child, Vicki has been passionate about horses and obsessed with being out in nature with them. Her grandparents homesteaded a cattle ranch in Arizona that is now a National Wildlife Refuge. Her early life was filled with trail riding and camping with her dad and their horses in Southern California. She became a competitive equestrian early on, riding with Mary Gatti at Rainbow Canyon Ranch. In 1988 she stopped riding 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 over the past 30 years. Vicki prides herself on her commitment to continuing education within the horse industry, regularly seeking out clinics and seeking counsel from prominent equestrians such as Olympic Silver Medalist Greg Best, Olympic Course Designer Linda Allen, and multi-time Equitation Finals winner Jim Hagman.
Over the past 10 years, Vicki has become devoted to the horsemanship 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 and is a graduate of her W(I)NNER'S CIRCLE program. She also completed the educational programs of Equine Alchemy EAGALA and Creative Awakenings International which were all pivotal turning points in her horsemanship journey. Most recently she began studying with Anna Blake, and integrates Anna's Calming Signals teachings into her School and Horse(wo)manship Programs.
Vicki's work with horses aims to teach us about ourselves and embrace the life we are meant to live. Whether you're taking a riding lesson, learning groundwork, or participating in one of the Horse(wo)manship Sessions, you'll see how you can practice mindfulness and feel joy in the presence of the horses. To Vicki, the barn is where people find their strength, their purpose, and their true selves.
What Vicki's Horse(wo)manship Program Can Do For You:
Integrate and establish yourself in wholeness...spiritually, emotionally and physically
Connect with the part of you that you’ve forgotten exists and feel JOY again
Reveal and release old patterns and beliefs that keep you away from your power and truth
Find and immerse yourself in your inner knowing and wisdom
Live your life and relationships from today, one day at a time