Contact Michael at 425-377-7019 or mhipp(at)snohomishcd.org
Michael is a resource planner with the District who heads up our Sound Horsekeeping program. A native Texan, Michael comes to us having built and managed a horse ranch for many years north of Amarillo, where he trained and traded ranch horses and performed rehabilitation for horses seized by law enforcement due to neglect or abuse. Michael holds degrees in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences with an Animal Science & Nutrition emphasis, and taught Biological and Animal Sciences at his alma mater Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Michael was born and raised in ranch country in east Texas and has a lifelong love of horses and the outdoors.
What do you like about living in the Pacific Northwest?
I love the diversity of the outdoors here – the mountains, the forest, the ocean – and all the opportunities available to enjoy them.
Why do you work here (at the District)?
It is a passion of mine to share my knowledge and experience of good horse keeping practices with everyone so that not only is the ecology of our beautiful home here preserved, but also so that the relationship a horse owner has with their horse can be improved. I enjoy seeing those things come together where everyone benefits, and the horse and owner can enjoy a wonderful experience together.
- I have experience riding and participating with various living history groups, from re-enacting the fur trade era to Texas history events throughout the 1800s.