I have been riding since I was 7 years old, and competing in NorCal shows since I was 8. My family owned and operated Bottomley Farm, a boarding and training facility that also held schooling shows. I competed on the east coast through college, and after school I returned to California as a working student for Hope and Ned Glynn at Sonoma Valley Stables. Today, I ride with Matt and Lindsay Archer at Shady Lane Farm, and I compete in the amateur jumpers. I've seen the horse business from many angles: amateur, working professional, facility owner, horse show manager, and fan. I want to give back to the community that shaped me into the person I am today.
Professionally, I'm an open source software developer. I work with a large international community that collaborates online, as well as in-person, at conferences. I'm the lead organizer for a conference in the bay area that draws 1500 people each year. I was also one of the lead organizers for a tech conference at Moscone Center, that had over 3100 attendees. I'm hoping that my skills as an event organizer will useful on the board.