Poplar Ridge Equestrian

Poplar Ridge Equestrian

2 employees
6 years in business

About this pro

Here at PRE, we’ve cultivated a unique program that focuses on more than just winning the ribbons. We focus on the connection with the horse which helps our riders become the best person they can be. Our horses are essential in that journey- with students learning how to not only become good riders, but good horseman too. Its a privilege to watch our students grow as both with the horses and in life.

Ive been able to take my love for the love of the horse and teach my wonderful students What there is to love. I love watching my students learn and grow. When I am teaching, watching something 'click' and all of a sudden, my student gets it- thats what makes my job rewarding. When my students really begin to understand the connection with the horse- thats why I do what I do.

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Columbus, NC 28722
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to set up an initial meeting. Here- I show the farm, talk about our program and horses. I like to get a feel for potential clients and who they are, what they are seeking. After weve established that we could be a good fit- I set up their evaluation lesson. Lesson include handling horses on the ground, grooming and tacking correctly as well as riding.

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

4 year Bachelor of Equestrian Science at William Woods University. While In school, I had several working student positions which allowed me to gain valuable experiences in many different types of barns.

i held a barn manage position at an h/j barn before holding the head trainer position at Biltmore Equestrian Center.

In 2016, we starts and operated a successful h/j lesson program. While running our own program, I explored natural horsemanship and started riding dressage.

fast forward to now- we've relocated our barn to Columbus, NC and are restarting a new program with emphasis on dressage and natural horsemanship. Having acquired my Bronze medal, I'm almost fished with my silver. I am also working towards earning my L judging license.

i believe in continuing education and am always looking to learn. I ride with Jodi Lees regularly, clinic with others such as Robert Zandvort, Natalie Lamping, Buck Branaman, Melanie Taylor Smith and audit trainers such as Julio Mendoza. 

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

We are a natural horsemanship and dressage training program. Visit our website for more details! 1 hour private lesson- $50

How did you get started teaching?

My career started with the horse crazy obsession that every little girl has and I stuck with it. Not coming from a horse family, I had to work for every horse encounter and work my way through college. I developed a true appreciation for the horse and chose to make them my life.

What types of students have you worked with?

My youngest student has been 5 and my oldest was 70. I have all ranges of riders from 'never having around a horse' to students who are competing all over Western North Carolina.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Having recently moved, we have started over. its takes a giant leap of faith to pick up everything and leave what you know to start over in the unknown.

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

Take your time. Do your research. Ride with different instructors in the area. Everybody has different teaching styles so there is a instructor for everyone.

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

You should think about what you are looking to get out of lessons? Why are you wanting to ride and take lessons? What are your end goals? This helps you narrow down to the right instructor for you.

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