Jamie has spent fifty years with horses. Her parents leased a pony for her to share with a friend the summer she was nine. What were they thinking?! Jamie didn’t know anything about riding, nor did they. Riding lessons followed (no, that’s not the appropriate order), and Jamie got her first horse Simbel – a half-Arabian gelding -- in 1973. Simbel was euthanized during colic surgery on February 8, 1985; and Jamie bought Amari – a purebred Arabian gelding – on May 18, 1985. Amari is still with her today.
Over the past decade, Jamie has made several contacts with well-known trainers in what is commonly thought of as the “natural horsemanship” arm of the horse industry. She has worked with John Lyons, Josh Lyons, Ken McNabb, Brendan Wise, Carolyn Resnick, Carson James, and Carolyn Resnick. Despite Jamie’s long history with horses, working with each of these folks has led her to new understandings of horses.
Having worked in and managed many different types of small businesses, and having spent several years consulting to Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies, Jamie decided to go out on her own in 1992. She had an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia; so she began taking on public speaking gigs to reach her target market. One evening, a woman came up to Jamie at the end of her presentation and asked if she would consider teaching a night course at a local college. After returning home from the third class, Jamie found herself telling Tom she was going back to school yet again – this time for a Ph.D. so she could continue teaching for the rest of her life. Today, Jamie is a professor in the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University. She teaches a deeply experiential and complex introductory management course, as well as courses in organizational ethics, strategy, and sustainability. Jamie has built her higher education career over the course of 24 years and looks forward to many more!
In addition to being home to the WellBeings horse sanctuary and education center, WellBeings Ranch is also home to eight cats, four dogs, three goats, and Jamie’s husband. Tom and Jamie married in September 1994, by which time Tom fully understood that Amari was Jamie’s first love. Over the years, Tom has proven to be a very helpful horse husband – taking care of the kids whenever Jamie goes out of town or has to be somewhere else.