Growing up in Southern California, I had dreamt of working with dolphins. And that I did. After obtaining a biology degree from the University of San Diego, I lived that dream for over a decade in both San Diego and in Orlando, Florida. After a stretch in pharmaceutical manufacturing, my husband, 3 kids and myself decided to move to Northern Michigan for a change of pace and in hopes of me fulfilling dream #2. Opening an animal rescue.
Because of my experience with positive reinforcement training, I was tasked with working with Lilly. A severely challenging horse demonstrating PTSD type behaviors. After just a couple weeks, I knew Lilly would be forever mine. I adopted Lilly and my equine journey began.
I began partnering with Horse North Rescue, fostering some of their most challenging horses, with abused or questionable pasts, giving them a chance to trust people and have a path for adoption.
This is where Sea2Stable was born. This is my passion and mission.
Battling two chronic (non life threatening) health issues; the barn has been so much more for me, both physically and mentally. This has been truly life changing, too much of a blessing not to share.
I began working with a beautiful young lady who loves horses, and could benefit from lessons that focused on her communication challenges. Seeing her evolution from that first lesson, through today, makes my heart smile. This was catalyst #2, to open my doors, ASAP!!!!
I believe whole heartedly in what we do and how this mindset; benefits everyone in their daily lives. Whether it be the proven science, or simply witnessing; The messages, when practiced can heal, center, build leadership, and stay with you for life.
My humble beginnings began in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania which was just the beginning of experiences living in different states and counties. I also had the privilege(experience) of living in Toronto, Canada. Graduating High School in 1977 - heading to college(studying Horse Husbandry @ SUNY Morrisville) - returning home after one semester to sort through my life goals. After traveling through most of the eastern states and a few southern, I fell in love with Northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. It held all that I hold dear in my life, water, natural resources, the beautiful outdoors. I was also able to realize another life goal of having my own business, Fat Pony Studios. Of which I am the creator, maker, accountant, marketer, ….etc. Wearing several ‘hats’ has helped me to be able to manage my time, to prioritize - time management. In addition to managing my farm which includes seven horses of various ages and sizes. Along with other assorted two and four legged beings.
For over forty years I was involved with 4-H. Initially in my youth being a member of the Windover Wonder Dogs(Erie County, New York), then as a leader-instructor in St Joseph County, Indiana and Oakland County, Michigan. I had the honor of serving on the Oakland County Horse council as President, as well as President for a number of years of Suttons Bay Art Fair Committee.
Studies have shown that a relationship with horses can help us emotionally, mentally, and physically. Which prompted me to become NARHA(North American Riding for the Handicapped) Instructor certified. The benefits that Sea2StableINC will bring to our community through the programs for both equine and people, will be invaluable.
Janelle was born and raised in Traverse City, MI. Janelle graduated Magna Sum Laude from Ferris State University in May 2017 with Bachelor Degrees in both Business Administration and Accounting. In summer 2018 Janelle earned the CPA designation while working at a local public accounting firm. Janelle has experience accounting for many types of businesses including not for profit and governmental entities. She currently works at 910 Media Group as a Senior Accountant.
Janelle owns a home in Traverse City where she lives with her sister, Amber, and her three cats: Tessa, Smokey, and Mabel. While Janelle isn't necessary a "horse person", she did grow up around her sisters horse, Gypsy, and has a deep passion for helping new organizations get started with their best financial foot forward.
Kelsey is a lifelong horse lover. After sitting on a horse for the first time at the age of three, she has been involved with horses in one way or another ever since. She is currently owned by an Arabian/Saddlebred cross mare named Zara, who enjoys long pampering sessions and eating everything in sight. Smoothies are her favorite!
Professionally, Kelsey is a registered nurse who works in the recovery room at the local hospital and also does freelance writing/editing. Before becoming a nurse, she worked for a local nonprofit for five years, where she was involved in marketing and box office and volunteer management. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and nursing. She has volunteered for local organizations that include the National Writers Series, Goodwill, PEACE Ranch, and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
Kelsey lives in Traverse City with her husband Colin and enjoys spending time outside, hiking, gardening, kayaking, and reading when she's not at work or hanging out with the horses.