Julie Begonia has pursued horses as a lifetime passion. Having completed years in 4-H and Pony Club as a youngster, she continued on to compete as an amateur in both Western and English Pleasure. Julie has ridden and been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. During her work career as an adult, Julie continued her pursuit as a recreational horseman.
In 2000, Julie began taking classes at Scottsdale Community College in the Equine Science Program. By 2005, Julie was working as a student teaching assistant in the Horsemanship and Training classes in the Equine Science Program. She continued to work as a lab assistant in the reinstituted Equine Management class in the program in 2007. In Fall 2008, Julie was invited to join the Equine Science Program as an adjunct faculty member teaching Principles of Equine Science.
Julie owns and rides two of the rare Dales Ponies, as well as, her old Missouri Fox Trotter. She is a member of the Dales Pony Society of America, Inc., The Arizona Carriage Driving Society, served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Combined Driving Event for the past three years; she has served on the Equine Science Advisory Board.
Barbara Hanes has been an Equine Science adjunct faculty member since 1984. Over the years she has taught a variety of classes, including Principles of Equine Science, Equine Evaluation, Equine Behavior, Equine Management, and English and Western horsemanship and training classes.
A life long horse owner, Hanes has been professionally involved in the horse industry for more than 30 years. She has owned and operated a training and show barn for the past 25 years, specializing in the development of skilled and knowledgeable horse and rider combinations.
With a special interest in competition, Hanes-trained horse and rider combinations have won at all levels, from the local academy divisions to state, regional, and national competition.
Hanes has written numerous equine related articles for various publications and has judged both open and breed specific horse shows including the Arizona National Saddlebred Horse Show. Barbara is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, United Professional Horseman’s Association, The American Saddlebred Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, The American Quarter Horse Association, and the Arizona Morgan Horse Association.