Regina Butala | Our Faculty | Midland School

Regina Butalashe/her

Director of Horse Programs and Director of Rangeland Management and Conservation

B.S. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S. University of Southern California
Former Parelli Natural Horsemanship 2-star Instructor
Appointed: 2016


  gbutala@midland-school.org
  (805) 688-5114

After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Zoology at UC Santa Barbara, Regina worked as a wildlife biologist for over 20 years in Santa Barbara County and Vandenberg Space Force Base. She conducted a variety of research and restoration projects working with Federally Endangered species. Including the Western Snowy Plover, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Least Tern, Tiger Salamander, Red-legged Frog, and marine mammal populations on San Miguel Island. She completed her Master’s Degree studying Snowy plover habitat suitability modeling using GIS technology at University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute. 

During her time as a wildlife biologist, Regina pursued her lifelong dream and passion for horses by becoming an avid horseback rider, local horse trainer and Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instructor. She took a brief break from field biology and became the ranch manager at a Northern California ranch where she developed horses, studied Californios style of riding, rangeland and livestock management. Forever the student of the horse, Regina teaches Midland students foundational relational based natural horsemanship with a focus on horse behavior, ranch activities and always putting the horse first.

Regina continues to work in the capacity of wildlife biology conservation as Midland’s Director of Rangeland Management and Conservation where her unique background blends to contribute to the preservation and stewardship of Midland’s 2,800 acre property. She also co-teaches in the Science department introducing students to bird watching, local endangered species ecology and GIS map making.

Regina has six much-loved pets: two Vizsla dogs named Milo and Maple, Titus the cat, and three horses: Autumn, Gidget and Summer. Her favorite spots on campus are Drum Flat and Bradley Mesa because of their gorgeous grassland and oak habitats. In her free time, Regina enjoys yoga, hiking, paddle boarding and bird watching. She’s passionate about habitat conservation, endangered species protection, and advocating for the compassionate treatment of all sentient beings.