Nickname: Mum, Maama
Position at River Valley: Wife of Brian/Life of Brian, Stables Manager, Horse behavioural technician, trekking guide, Mamma
Rafting or Horse Trekking Guide: Retired raft guide, current horse trekking guide
Hometown/Country: Taihape, Rangitikei, New Zealand
Background: Came to live at River Valley at 2 years of age, when my parents had our family farm here, which backed on to the Rangitikei River. 20yrs later River Valley was born and have been with it from that time. Have a triple degree in being a Mum and Mamma, 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters.
Favourite Music: I love all kinds of music, but recently I’m being reacquainted with Nursery Rhymes.
Favourite thing about working at River Valley: Our amazing team, they just keep getting better. Being able to follow my passion working with horses. Having our children and grandchildren around. Living in such a beautiful place and being in a position to see the pleasure it gives other people when they experience it too.
Greatest work memory: When I was a guide on the Grade 5 lining up the Fulcrum Rapid at a solid flow, I was so zoned, sometimes I don’t think I could even hear the sound of the river!
Hobbies and Interests: Trekking with friends, gardening, buying new horses, being a grandparent, experiencing new places, watching movies and the simple things in life.
Years as a Guide: 5yrs river guiding, (now retired), while guiding on the horses is a constant
Years with River Valley: 25 years (since 1986)
Extra Comments: Be yourself, nobody is better qualified.
Remember you are unique………just like everyone else.
If you can dream it you can do it.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.