Prairie Gem Stables

Prairie Gem Stables

5.0 (1)
2 hires on
29 years in business

About this pro

25 years of training riders for excellence in horsemanship for pleasure or for competition, beginners all the way through to competing and winning at national championships. We teach western riding, English Hunt Seat, Saddleseat, Dressage, Trail Course and Natural Horsemanship. Specializing in individual, detailed instruction. Trained, reliable school horses, indoor and outdoor arenas. Located close to Omaha, NE.

I especially enjoy teaching riders to learn as much about horsemanship and the partnership with horses. Seeing a rider advance from not knowing how to sit properly, to being able to guide and ride at walk, trot, and canter with confidence.  Teaching a rider how to use correct rider aids/cues, gaining knowledge of how to gain a horse's respect, and learning the skills to bring the best out in both the rider and the horse, is a very satisfying process for me as the trainer. Please see our Facebook or Website to see photos of the riders achievements. Prairie Gem Stables

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Omaha, NE 68142
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  • Heidi Judson

    Linda has given me more personal instruction in the last few months than I have gotten in the past ten years of previous instructors. Her lesson horses are gentle and well suited for any level of experience. Highly recommended!

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

After giving a tour of our riding center, we begin a rider's journey into the world of horsemanship. Learning first the basics of proper posture, hand position on the reins, effective guiding control and handling of the horse under saddle, among many other skills, create the foundation for a good rider. Each rider receives individual attention to the details that bring clarity which brings understanding and knowledge in how to get the horse to respond to the requests of the rider.

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

Linda has been riding since early childhood, continuing with her training for over 40 years. Becoming a competition rider while a teenager, and into adulthood, began a dedication to train riders for excellence, both in the show ring and on the trails. Years of training with high level professional trainers in the areas of western pleasure and horsemanship, English disciplines of Hunt Seat, Saddleseat, and Dressage, as well as nearly 20 years of training with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program, to help riders learn to build a more trusted relationship with the horse.

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

Private lessons are one hour for $40.

After a rider is trained to ride safely at the walk and trot, they are invited to join group lessons, which are no larger than 6-8 riders, and the fee is $35.

How did you get started teaching?

I started training riders after years of learning, training and showing, and after buying the farm and opening Prairie Gem Stables LLC. People found out that I had a location and they started contacting me for their training.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, 3 to 78 years of age. Raised up many champions for the showring, from the early ages of 4-8 and up. Men, women and children. All have been welcome. Some own horses and most do not have their own and either lease one of ours or just take lessons. Glad to have them all!!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We competed in Canada at the Nationals, this year, with rider Sylvia Rogan. She won a Top Ten in Arabian Native Costume, which is such an exciting class, as well as Top Tens in Dressage. Also, we just had a schooling show here at Prairie Gem, where the riders had such a good time learning about the requirements of presenting horses before judges. Fun to see them learn and have a great time sharing with the other riders, enjoying the horses. Other events were competitions at several horse shows across the country with our riders.

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

A student should mostly consider the skills of an instructor, what the past success has produced, and check out a few different instructors before making a final decision for future training.

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

A student should be able to discuss with a teacher considering what their needs are. What specifics does the teacher/instructor emphasis on? Are the horses trained for beginning level riders and have lesson horses for intermediate and advanced riders? Does the instructor teach full time, every day or do they teach part time. What is the environment like at the barn, is it safe, free of drama?

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