Vivian is from a small town in Illinois called Lebanon. She started riding when she was nine. She started showing hunter/jumpers by the age of 11 and did most of her showing around the St. Louis area. She rode hunter/jumpers for three years until the age of 14 when she started dressage and then started Eventing around southern Illinois. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002. She rode and taught for a hunter/jumper trainer for one year and then was hired at Mill Creek in 2003 and worked as an instructor for several years.
Vivian teaches day camps and private lessons for beginners. As a teacher she is kind and patient and loved by parents, as well as her students. Her day camp sessions are innovative, informative and fun for the kids. Vivian also rides and trains a few horses at Mill Creek along with her teaching.