Hi! I'm Sharon and my passion is horses.
I was introduced to the world of horses over 30 years ago when I was just about 7 years old. Since my first day at the stables, I've essentially never left! I caught the horse bug in a serious way, and now I work to help humans and horses have the best interspecies relationship possible. I first started teaching riding in 2002, and since then, I've served as an instructor, trainer, barn and equine manager, riding program director, and much more, across California and Colorado. I love to teach people about the big wide world of horses and not just about riding, as my goal is to help develop true horsemen or women through my program. I bring my entire 30 plus years of equine education and experience to every session in order to offer the best and most complete experience and support for you and your horse!
Below are some short summaries of the services I can offer you and your horses:
Riding Instruction: I enjoy teaching both English and Western riding to recreational riders of all ages and abilities. I'm a certified riding instructor with PATH Intl, and I've also held a CHA certification in both English and Western riding instruction.
Horse Training: I'm a Certified Reach Out To Horses® Holistic Horsemanship trainer. In my work, I always put the horse first and try my best to look at the world from the horse's point of view. I have a fear-free, force-free approach to training and I strongly believe that in all we do with horses, we must start from a place of love, connection, and relationship first.
Saddle Fit Assessment: I'm a Certified Equine Ergonomist through Saddlefit4Life®, and this means that I am able to assess saddle fit to horse and rider. I don't sell saddles or represent any brands, but if I determine your current saddle doesn't fit you and/or your horse, I can assist in finding you a new saddle solution.
Bit and Bridle Fitting: I'm a LANTRA Accredited Bit and Bridle Fitting Consultant through Horse Bit Fit Academy. I assess your current equipment, advise on simple solutions for improvement where applicable, and I recommend various bits and bridles that will improve your horse's comfort, way of going, and overall health and well-being!
Bodywork: I am a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner (MMCP) and offer integrated equine bodywork services for your horse. I began studying and practicing the Masterson Method in 2013, and absolutely love bringing this method of bodywork to the horses to help them relax and release chronic tension. I am also a Masterson Method Equine Specialist (MMES), which allows me to bring the Masterson Method to Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies; I can support horses in the therapeutic field by demonstrating simple techniques of this bodywork modality to clients, staff, and volunteers.
Bringing bodywork, saddle, bit and bridle fitting, and a whole-horse approach to training, care, and management to my existing instruction and training practices has made a world of difference to the humans and horses I am privileged to work with. Please let me know how I can help you out!