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Kimiko Kobayashi, Executive Director
USEF Professional

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I started riding at the age of 6 in Northern California at a 3-day event barn. From there I continued my riding education in Dressage under the tutelage of Lilo Fores. During this time I became a working student at the age of 12 assisting with summer camps and riding. In 1992 I then began my Hunter/jumper journey with Marian Nelson where my horse and I qualified for the zone 10 finals our first year together. I quickly became a working student riding several different horses a day. This is where I learned many skills regarding horse care and management.  In the Fall of 1999 I took the position of Head Riding School instructor, Barn Manager & Assistant Trainer of Avalon Hunter/Jumpers where I managed over 55+ horses.  In 2006, after taking a little break to raise my 2 young children, I opened up my own Training stables and Sales barn.  I still continue to train and coach my clients when time permits. 

Although I loved to teach and train I always felt unfulfilled looking for a nonprofit to be apart of.  After attending a workshop at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in 2006 that taught the in's & out's of running a nonprofit for Equine Therapy I was hooked .  Over the past 12 years I've worked and consulted for several Equine therapy programs throughout Southern California.  When family brought me to Bakersfield nearly 4 years ago, I discovered M.A.R.E.  Bakersfield has shown me some new adventures including raising a toddler and two teenagers. Though I am a busy Mom of 3 kids,  I am so excited to be apart of this amazing program, and I am eager to help MARE continue to thrive and grow.

Paige Oveson
 Program Director 
PATH Int’l CTRI Instructor

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Debra Harvey
 Riding Instructor
PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructor in-training

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Miranda Strickland
 Barn Crew
 

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Angie Curtis
 Riding Instructor
PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructor

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Hi, my name is Angie Curtis.  I started volunteering at M.A.R.E. at age 13.  I fell in love with the program and after a year of volunteering on Saturdays, I started to come out during the week after school to help with lessons. I spent a majority of my teen years here at the barn.  When I turned 18 I became a certified riding instructor and taught for a little over a year, before moving on to try some new things in life.  I have a wonderful husband named Justin, and two children Blake and Amelia, with one on the way.  I have experience in starting  2 years olds under saddle, working with problem horses, and riding just about every style there is.  Horses have always been my passion, even though I was not brought up with horses in my family. I have always tried to help people in whatever situation I have been in.  Coming back to M.A.R.E. as the Program Director was the perfect time in my life to combine horses and helping others.  I look forward to getting up every day and being part of such a wonderful team of people and horses.  I am excited for our future out here and can’t wait to see how we can grow this organization and help as many people possible in our community.

DebbyKate
 volunteer Coordinator
 

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Judy Hilburn
 Licenced Occupational Therapist
PATH Int’l 

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In Loving Memory
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Victor J. Ayala
 Veterans Coordinator
Aug 28, 1983 - Aug 22, 2021
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