"For the young, the practice of equitation (horseback riding) is a valuable lesson, as it requires the exercise of all human virtue. If they are introduced to the practice of riding by understanding and patient teachers, then they too will develop these traits. The young rider grows to realize the horse is a partner rather than a slave, who also deserves love and understanding." -Nuno Oliveria
Erin Givens - Owner/Head Trainer
Erin began riding at the age of 8 with Sally Francis, who is still her coach today. She has owned several horses and helped to train many, from bringing along young horses to re-schooling race horses. Erin has had extensive experience in competing in the hunter/jumpers up to A level. She loves to ride, train, and show horses herself, but her greatest satisfaction comes from starting beginner students and seeing them progress as riders and horsemen.
Erin wants each student to enjoy learning about horsemanship, starting from the basics of proper horse management to finding balance and harmony while riding. She feels that what makes her different from other trainers is that she accepts the learning process and understands that each student will develop at their own pace. It isn't show-ring achievements or prizes that she strives for. Erin knows she is doing a good job when the student has a desire to continue learning with enthusiasm.The Nature of the Horse Teaching Beginners to Ride What and How We Teach