Denise has been riding, caring for, and learning about horses since she was old enough to walk. Growing up on her family's farm in Kansas allowed her to learn to ride and train horses to be safe, dependable companions. Denise received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Oregon State Unversity, in addition to hands-on learning at the OSU Horse Center where she lived and worked for 2 years. Following her undergraduate career, Denise earned her Master's of Science in Equine Nutrition at Texas A&M University. During her graduate program she taught animal husbandry and colt-training classes.