Russ earned his Bachelor of Science, Biology from Claremont Men’s College, Master of Science, Animal Nutrition from University of California at Davis, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.
In 1979, Russ co-founded Peninsula Equine, a 2-man Thoroughbred/Quarter Racing and Sport Horse practice, which quickly grew to be solely a Sport Horse practice within 2 short years. Since Peninsula Equine's inception, cutting edge diagnostics and therapeutics have been a core principle of Peninsula Equine. In that spirit, Russ was one of the founding members of ISELP (the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) and continues to instruct at ISELP meetings both nationally and internationally. Although Dr. Peterson practices almost exclusively sports medicine now, as founder and president of Peninsula Equine, he perpetuates a desire to offer clients only the best of those services available by hand picking a team of vets and staff to offer complete care from wellness exams to the most complex of medical and surgical cases.
What you might be surprised to learn about Russ: He’s a racecar driver, competitive sailor and ex-rugby player, who is a grandfather of seven!
Russ Peterson, DVM, MS
Bart Halsberghe, DVM, cVMA, cert. ISELP
Amanda Hedges, DVM, CVA
Hadley Bickford, RVT
As Jan and Russ Peterson’s niece, Hadley started as part of the Peninsula Equine family at a very young age, and was destined to love everything equine from the start. Since then, she has worked her way up to the position of Hospital Manager, and has recently passed her RVT exam with flying colors. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a degree in Animal Science and a focus on Equine Management. While in school, she worked with foals, weanlings, broodmares, and stallions, and enjoyed studying animal nutrition, behavior, and genetics. When she isn’t working, you will most likely find Hadley in the arena or out show Western Pleasure horses.
Jenelle started riding at the age of thirteen in the Santa Cruz area. Her love of horses started when her aunt introduced her to the horses she kept in her backyard in Larkin Valley. Soon after she started taking hunter jumper lessons and competed in local shows with the horse she leased, Clancy. As an adult, Jenelle took a brief break from riding while she attended California State University, Chico and earned her bachelors degree in Communication Studies. One week after graduating, Jenelle moved to Yosemite National Park and was a trail guide for the summer season. While working in the park, she most enjoyed working with the mules and exploring miles of trails on horseback. Jenelle joined the Peninsula Equine team in 2017. Jenelle loves that she learns something new everyday and that this new knowledge directly contributes to her being a better horsewoman.
Alix’s love for horses began at age six. As a junior, Alix competed in the hunter ring all over the East Coast. Her most notable accomplishments were with her horses Carter and Fish. Alix attended Colorado State University and completed her bachelors degree in Equine Science with a minor in Real Estate. Alix got to participate in the Legends of Ranching program and bike a young ranch horse. This is where she met the newest addition to her herd, Critter! Alix would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all of the horses in her life that got her where she is today.
Anne was raised outside of Chicago where her love for horses and other four legged creatures began. Her riding career started in Pony Club and carried on into competing in Eventing at Southern Illinois University, where she graduated with a degree in Zoology and a minor in Animal Science Equine. After graduating, she headed west to work with horses in Montana, Washington and Idaho. Eventually she made her way to Carmel with the opportunity to work as an assistant trainer and barn manager for a dressage trainer. In 2013 she joined the Peneq team and continues to manage a boarding facility in Carmel.
Taylor Snyder is beginning her third year as a Pre-veterinary Animal Science Major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During summer break and any of her free time during the school year, she is a tech at PenEq. During the school year, she works with Dr. Kim Sprayberry at the on-campus vet clinic, and she has taken part in the Equine Breeding Enterprise as well as the Dairy Herd Enterprise. When she isn’t at PenEq and she doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can find Taylor riding trails on her mountain bike.
Jan Peterson, RN
A Palo Alto native, Jan has always loved horses and medicine. She joined Peninsula Equine in 1980 as a member of the office staff for the then ambulatory practice. Twelve years later in 1992 she would see the first patients come through the doors of the free standing Peninsula Equine clinic, which was one of only a handful of facilities of its kind in California. To continue her pursuit of knowledge, Jan returned to school to obtain her RN and MSN. She now splits her time between Peneq and nursing in the Emergency Room at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. In her free time, you can find Jan showing reining horses or trackside cheering on Russ at the racetrack.
Juan was born in Jumiltepec Mexico and is the oldest of 10 siblings. He went to high school and studied electronics and worked on the family farm. Juan first joined Peninsula Equine in 2005, splitting his time between cultivating the family farm in Mexico and helping the horses on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Juan is married with three children, a daughter Rosario Carolina, a son Juan Brando and another son Genario Octavio. In his free time, Juan likes to play soccer. He is also pursuing further classes in English as a second language at Foothill Community College.
Hector was born in Jumiltepec Mexico and is the youngest of 10 siblings. He grew up helping with the Martinez family farm before following his two brothers to come work at Peninsula Equine. Hector first started at Peneq in 2008. He is known around Peninsula Equine as the horse whisperer because of his amazing ability to calm even the most anxious of horses.
Hector is married with one beautiful child. In his free time, he likes to play soccer.