Trainer & Instructors

Lisa Smith
Lead trainer

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                  Lisa started her riding career as a 6 year old on an old trail horse in rural Illinois. Competing in western pleasure and hunter/jumper through her younger years, her teenage years took her to the next level, into the world of eventing. Lisa has competed through Training level eventing and 2nd level dressage.

 

                 During a 2 year apprenticeship while in high school, she learned the fundamentals of retraining off track thoroughbreds and rehabilitating upper level injured dressage horses. She began teaching lessons to kids and adults at 18 before her life’s path moved her to North Carolina.

                    Moving is never easy and it wasn’t always blue ribbons and sunshine. After working as a stable manager in Blanch, NC, she started her own boarding and training business. 2008 had an impact on horse owners everywhere and training was no longer in high demand. While on hiatus, and pursuing other career goals, Lisa took on learning the fundamentals of natural horsemanship from several world renowned horse trainers such as Warwick Schiller, Buck Brannaman, Clinton Anderson, and Chris Cox.

 

                    Learning a lot the hard way, she progressed to breaking, training, and selling horses locally as safe, sound prospects, ready to go into any discipline. She continues to share her love of horses and teaches riding and horsemanship to all ages and levels.  

Anita
Assistant riding instructor

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Anita comes to us with a long history of English riding.  Her style of instruction builds confidence for the new rider and challenges the experienced rider to improve.