The Instructors

Russell Reid

Program Director/ Faculty

Russell Reid has been involved in the Equine Studies business as an Outfitter/Guide for over 30 years and a faculty member at Feather River Community College since 1978. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Science degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Sacramento. In addition to his teaching duties, Russell operates three pack stations during the summer months and owns a cattle, hay and horse ranch in the beautiful American Valley.

JP Tanner


J.P. Tanner is a graduate of Utah State University and received his masters from UNR. He comes to FRC after working for Montana State University Extension for the past 11 years. He has worked with hundreds of 4-H youth and many livestock and forage producers in his years of Extension. He has worked with many government agencies (Forest Service, BLM, NRCS, and State Lands) over his years in Extension. J.P. has many interests but two of his main interests are in beef cattle production and livestock nutrition.

Anna Poldervaart

Associate Faculty

Anna graduated from Feather River College in 2013 with an Associate’s Degree in Equine Studies with an emphasis in Horse Training.  She has successfully trained and competed in many riding disciplines, with a current focus on showing APHA pleasure horses in the all-around events.  She also enjoys teaching riding lessons and helping with 4-H.

Gene Armstrong

Associate Faculty

Professor Armstrong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, in 1973. He has taught Farrier and Equine Science at Cal Poly since 1966. He has been a professional farrier for 40 years and is currently an Updated Certified Journeyman Farrier. As an associate faculty member at Feather River Community College, he teaches the Elements of Horseshoeing course.

Crystal Anderson

Associate Faculty/ Instructional Assistant

Crystal earned her Master of Science from the University of Arizona Department of Animal Sciences where the area of her research was in equine reproduction. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science from The University of Arizona. Crystal started her employment at Feather River College for the Equine Studies Program in 2005 where she manages the horses, organizes the horse sale, coordinates student activities, and facilitates courses taught by faculty and associate faculty. She teaches AGEQ 102 Introduction to Equine Science, AGEQ 104 Horse Conformation and Judging, AGEQ 214 Care and Handling of the Foal, Weanling, and Yearling, AGAS 120 Introduction to Animals Science, AGAS 125 Animal Feeds and Nutrition.

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