I own & operate a private Saddlebred Barn in Mechanicsville, Va
I've Earned over 30 years as a horsewomen, and 25 years as trainer and instructor. I say Earned, because the Art of Horseback riding and Horsemanship is never learned quickly. Horses have an intellect that is complex and us as humans are Lucky to be able to learn, understand and connect with them. They allow us, but only after We Earn their Trust. I do not just teach riding, I also teach and guide each student to learn & earn their trust, respect and how to care for them from grooming, to treating wounds, sicknesses, general health and upkeep.
I teach on excellent safe, sane and sound horses for all levels and disciplines. I am a huge advocate for Saddlebred Rescues having several living out their days on my farm. Some are part of my lesson program and others are happily not retired and a few are current show horses! I also take much Pride in exposing the general equine community on how not only can a rescue recover, some can excel and be very competitive in any discipline. I personally compete in several disciplines on the upper level.
Here at my farm, my instruction method is to instill basic dressage and balance seat as a foundation and develop riders in Saddleseat, Huntseat, Western and Lower to mid level hunters.
My experience and background is extensive having training, apprenticeships and teaching from some of the top trainers on the East Coast. My personal training still continues, whereas I take occasional lessons and seek input and guidance from my own trainer.
The Best Lesson I Live By:
*You never stop learning in the wonderful world of Horses*
I love teaching, especially from the very beginning.
I have an abundance of knowledge and a legacy I am carrying on. It touches my soul to watch my riders develop and succeed in this wonderful sport
They do a fantastic job at teaching the kids all about horses. My daughter has learned so much about riding,safety, responsibility and so much more! My daughter loves horses and I love that she is being taught the right way. Thanks to the folks at Steppin’ High Stables. -Chris T.
Rebekah teaches how to be a horseperson, not just a rider. Something that is hard to find in an instructor. Great with beginner riders and up. Always looking out for safety! I would recommend her for anyone looking to have a good, fun, horse riding experience.
The one on one experience that Rebekah gives each rider.
My daughter loves it here.
I take my time and evaluate their current experience, or if brand new to riding, I introduce them by example. I'll have another student ride while I explain on the ground the basic commands, cues. I'll then show & assist the new rider on the horse or pony and go over it all again. I always begin with a neck strap and or grab strap on the saddle, and I put the horse on a lunge line in a smaller enclosed round pen.
As the rider progresses, I will teach more advanced skills. I do not have a fixed plan because each rider learns and comprehends differently. While the foundation is the same, I will adjust how I teach so it's to where they can understand. My goal is to keep riders confident, safe and help them reach their individual goals.
At the age of 5 I began lessons and enrolled in 4H which continued until age 16 in Saddleseat Eq under the professional instruction of Mary Woodward & Leta Corwin(Greenglades Farm Taunton, Ma) The mother / daughter team taught me the most about life, horsemanship, morality,and most of all, self acceptance and confidence.
At age 16 I began an Apprenticeship under Professional Instructor/Trainer Pam Connely(Foxboro,Ma) in Dressage and Hunters.
She was my mentor to obtain my Massachusetts Professional Riding Instructor Certification for Saddleseat, Huntseat, HJ and Dressage. I received this at age 18.
Shortly thereafter I was given the opportunity as Assistant Trainer for well known Saddlebred Breeding Farm, Glengreen Farm owned by Cynthia Green. (Walpole, Ma). I had also returned to Greenglades to continue with own saddlebred mare under Leta's direction.
While under this employment, at 19 I was given another once in a lifetime opportunity to be the Barn manager & Beginner instructor for Olympian Arlyn DeCicco. I additionally rode under her instruction in Dressage and HJ. I remained with her for a year. During this time, my then husband enrolled in a trade school in FL. Him and I with our infant daughter moved to St.Cloud,FL. for a year while he was in school. I was able to Freelance my training & instruction and accept another once in a lifetime opportunity to be a Performance Rider for well known Tourist Attraction; Arabian Knights. This expo taught me many different skills, and the ability to ride some incredible horses including Lippizaners, Oldenburg, Belgian & Appaloosa as a trick rider, Old blood Arabians, and more. I stayed here until the year of his education was completed and we returned to Massachusetts.
Uoon our return, I dove right back into instructing and training for Roseland Acres Eq in Tiverton, RI. I continued here for the next 2 years and balanced another job as an Emergency Veterinary Technician. At the same both jobs, I was back at Leta's with my Saddlebred colt under her guidance.
By age 23, As much as I loved the industry, I needed to learn a trade that would be consistent as a now Single mother of 2 daughters with. I made the life changing decision to obtain my CDL-A.
Through all of this, I always had a horse(s) that I owned, trainen and competed on. I still freelanced as time allowed and continued my personal training under Leta & Pam.
In 2004, I started fresh moving to Virginia. I continued my trucking career and freelanced instruction. I met the late Susan Sloat and her husband Dale when I moved to VA. Being a well known Saddlebred breeders and trainers, I jumped at the chance to board my Saddlebred mare with them and as time progressed, they gave me the chance to work part time as an assistant. My time with the Sloat's picked up where I left off in Massachusetts. They guided me and taught me so any skills not just as a trainer/instructor, but life lessons and were my mentors. After I remarried, In between I slowly built my own lesson program at our small stable. In 2012 we moved to a larger farm and I here is where Steppin' High Stables was begun. I had a program for lessons and training horses.
In 2017 my husband and I bought a 10acre horse farm in Mechanicsville,Va and continued Steppin' High Stables.
I'm a rescue advocate, I teach, train, I have a mobile equestrian attire consignment and run my own independent trucking company.
I've combined my skills from all past trainers especially the late Mary, her daughter Leta and late great Sue Sloat. I've developed a different yet successful approach to instruction and training.
30 Minute Private horsemanship and /or riding lesson: $30-
1hour Private combined horsemanship /riding lesson: $55-
1 hour Semi- Private (2-3 students)
I also offer on certain days depending on skill & ability:
30 Minute Pleasure Ride ( No instruction however I will always be available for safety purposes)
1Hour Pleasure Ride same as above $26-
I have worked with beginners up through advanced adults & children. Many have competed successfully under my direction.
I am a loyal supporter of our local show circuits & community.
I do compete on the upper level breed shows, U still enjoy the local shows. My students that are competing learn many skills and gain mileage. It's not just about the horses, countless friendships are born.
I also highly encourage my younger students to join our local 4H Club; Varina Rising Stars. They also host several shows each year.
I recommend exploring and meeting several trainers at their facilities before committing to lessons. Go with who you are the most comfortable with whether it's myself or another trainer.
My farm is an open door policy, and if you ever decide to change trainers, there will never be hard feelings. I encourage everyone's personal goals and if needing another trainer will help that growth, I always say, Go For It. If I feel there could be more gained a student, I'll advise they continue undert personal mentor / trainer.
I will also do a group trail ride or allow the more experienced to hit the trails. Same pricing applies.
*** I have one opening for a PT working /apprenticeship student ***
I would ask, can I do a meet & greet, tour the facility?
Ask about background / experience
Will you to provide a helmet or will one be available until you buy your own?
What trainer deems appropriate for attire other than breeches or jods and Polos shirts or fitted type tops; ex Yoga pants, jeans; T-Shirts, Hoodies, tank tops.
Ask Lesson /Training Pricing, is there a minimum commitment? Hours or operation, Open barn to visit during certain hours? Is there an option to work off a portion of lessons? (if that is something you are willing /interested in doing?)
For more experienced riders looking to excel, ask about Show Leasing options.