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"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thruman
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Picasso
I am an author, speaker, podcaster, and YouTuber. As the founder of Pony Pros, I am proud to say that it has grown to be an internationally recognized horseback riding academy for kids and kids at heart. I grew up riding hunter/jumpers and today specialize in liberty horsemanship and colt starting with a Nuno Oliveira lineage dressage foundation. You can find me presenting at places like the Northwest Horse Expo and the High Desert Museum. I also volunteer as a breed inspector for Kiger Mustangs and teach live, online classes, like Social Studies through the lens of horses and equestrian workout classes. I have been an equine professional since 2003.
I am a survivor of childhood chronic illness and a widow, which has made me an expert on becoming the kind of person who can survive monstrous tragedy. With the same persistence and gentleness that I use to train a wild horse, I help others learn to live like someone left the gate open. Horses are my art medium - they are how I share my understanding of the world with others.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” - John Muir
Joyann joined Pony Pros in the summer of 2017. As a fellow homeschool mom and avid adventurist, Joyann was a kindred spirit from day 1. Joyann helps with colt starting and specializes in creating a positive, uplifting introduction to horses for our youngest riders. Growing up in the mountains, Joyann has a passion for trail riding and her lessons regularly involve fun jaunts outside the arena. The barn has a special air of combined tranquility and possibility on Joyann's lesson days.
Kate's daughter, Shealyn, started riding with Pony Pros in 2010. 11 years later, Kate joined our team as a teacher and Shealyn began helping out as a working student. Kate is a fellow earthy mama with an extremely generous heart. She is a phenomenal listener and always has a kind word for everyone. Kate teaches 'intro to horses' lessons as well as jumping and dressage fundamentals. Kate is an amazing steward of the individual potential of each horse and makes both horses and riders feel seen and accepted.