Experienced and passionate, Chris has learned from some of the world’s greatest horse trainers and stockman; such as Martin and Wade Black, Dwight Hill, Steve Cote and Whit Hibbard. Chris has "Developed a unique ability to explain difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner." (according to Dr. Temple Grandin). Chris has been teaching horsemanship, stockmanship, and ranch roping for the past two years, as well as developing grazing management plans to better utilize livestock in landscape improvement.
Chris graduated from Washington State University in 2009 with an Animal Science degree with a Business minor. He worked for Washington Beef and the Agriculture Research Station in Pullman, WA before going back to school at University of Idaho. Chris completed his Rangeland Ecology and Management Master’s degree in 2016 with a project that evaluated how to utilize livestock to create and maintain fire breaks in Southern Idaho. Chris’ tenure at the University of Idaho opened his eyes to the potential of utilizing livestock to achieve rangeland management goals without extra inputs.
Chris currently works for Oregon State University as the Livestock and Natural Resource Extension Educator for Umatilla and Morrow Counties.