Colorado Equestrian, LLC

Colorado Equestrian, LLC

5.0 (6)
Best of 2019
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
21 years in business

About this pro

Colorado Equestiran creates individualized lesson programs that are tailored to the needs of every rider.  We have lesson horses that are safe, sound and they are excellent teachers.  We can take a rider from the very beginning and mold them into becoming a top competitor at the state and national levels.

It is amazing to see a rider gain a connection to the horse they are riding.  The skills a rider uses every time they are riding are mastered by perseverance and dedication.  Every new achievement brings joy to both the student and to the teacher.

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Parker, CO 80134
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6 Reviews

5.0

  • Annie Curtiss

    Shaun knows what she is talking about and has the experience and knowledge to back up what she says. She is willing to work with you to meet your goals, whatever they may be!

  • Kaylee Turnwald

    Shaun is amazing. In my very first lesson with Shaun, I felt like I had learned more in those 30 minutes than the last three months of taking lessons elsewhere combined. She was able to see and correct little habits that I formed that no one else cared to correct me on. Shaun is sharp, and extremely knowledgeable. As an adult who has never had any formal lessons, Shaun has repeatedly gone out of her way to help me not only improve as a rider, but ensure that I have the tools I need to do so -- driving 40+ minutes to get a saddle for me to trial, stopping by the tack store before our lessons to pick out things that I need, helping me try on boots, helmets, show jackets, etc. She is genuine in her care for her team, and their horses. Meeting other individuals who have been trained by Shaun, they all had the same thing in common, they've followed her wherever she goes because she has been that impactful on not only their riding, but their lives. I think that speaks volumes of not only her ability as a coach and trainer, but as an individual. It's so important to look up to and respect someone who is teaching you, and Shaun makes that easy. So thankful to have found Shaun, and Colorado Equestrian.

  • Ally Zimmerman

    I could not ask for a better coach and mentor. Shaun has taught me how to be brave and confident in and outside of the arena. She is incredibly knowledgeable and takes wonderful care of all of her horses and clients.

  • Marc Eberhardt

    Coming from someone that never rode before taking lessons with Shaun......Her methods in teaching the aspects of grooming, safety, etiquette and riding techniques has definitely challenged me. With her focusing on conquering the basics initially and then skill-building ...... Shaun quickly helped me develop the confidence which has made riding something I look forward to a couple of times a week.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First we will talk on the phone and answer any questions the student has while we assess current knowledge base and any past concerns with horseback riding. We will also go over the student's riding goals and discuss equipment.  Then we set up a trial lesson.  At this first lesson, we cover very basic horsemanship as we get to know eachother and the horse.  The first lesson is really used to evaluate the student's current ability so that we can lay out a training map that helps us achieve the student's riding goals. Following the first lesson, we will set up a riding schedule that works with the rider's availability with goals and budgeting in mind.  Then as we continue to work together, we will repeatedly assess the rider's goals and tweak anything that we need to in order to best achieve those goals.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching english hunter/jumper/equitation lessons for over 20 years.  I have been around horses my whole life and have taught riders and horses of all abilities and levels.  Depending on whether a rider simply wants to enjoy a new activity and learn to ride in a relaxed environment, or whether a rider wants to become a top level competitor, we will tailor a program designed to achieve those goals. I graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 2004 and passed the Bar Exam the same year.  I use my legal knowlege to help my clients when it comes to equine lease or purchase agreements, as well as when they need to navigate through an equine related legal issue. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

4 lesson package - $240

Full training (18-20 contacts/month) on a client's own horse - $700/mo


How did you get started teaching?

I grew up in Colorado competing in the hunter/jumper/equitation circuit on a local and national level.  Prior to graduating from Colgate University, I began working as an assistant trainer - teaching lessons and taking clients to horse shows - when I was available on breaks from school.  When I returned to Colorado to pursue law school, I continued teaching and showing horses until I formed my own business in 2005. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with riders of all ability levels - from students who have never met a horse in person to riders that compete at a top level all across the country.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just last weekend, I took some new riders from our team to a competition.  These riders are all relatively new to the sport and ranged in age from 7-56 years old.  Every one of them worked through their nervousness and worked as a team in preparing their horses and handling the various issues that arise at a competition. By the end of the day, regardless of what ribbons were won, each one of them had a big smile knowing that they had accomplished a milestone that they could be proud of. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Riding is a challenging sport that takes many years to master.  Enjoy the learning process as much as you look forward to the destination. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I think it is important to be honest about your availability time-wise as well as budget-wise.  Riding is an expensive sport, both financially, and as a time commitment because you will spend quite a bit of time caring for the horse you ride.  You will spend just as much time preparing the horse and putting it away as you will spend riding it.  The more time you get to spend in the saddle, the faster you will progress, but you must work within your own time and budget constraints.


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