Duke Horsemanship, LLC

Duke Horsemanship, LLC

5.0 (9)
6 hires on Lessons.com
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About this pro

I teach Western horsemaship for fun and recreation. ALL about horses... how they communicate, why they do what they do, how to take care of a horse, how to ride a horse. My goal is for you to have fun thru games and challenges with safety as my highest priority. 30 years ago I was Certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association and keep that certification current by  attending continuing education classes, seminars, conferences and lessons for myself. I volunteer at a summer camp for those same 30years where i am currently the head wrangler for 3 weeks each summer.

I love shareing my love of horses with others. You learn another 'language' when you are around horses and it is exciting when you start to communicate with such a large and powerful animal. Plus its REALLY fun! I LOVE what I do. I never 'go to work'. I  'go to the barn'.

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Kenmore, WA 98028
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9 Reviews


  • Linda Beattie

    Sheri Duke is amazing: supportive, patient and knowledgeable. An excellent instructor for all levels. Her stables and horses are very well cared for. A really good experience.

  • Linda Beattie

    Sheri is an outstanding instructor. She is very knowledgeable, patient and supportive. Duke Horsemanship is a wonderful experience. The barn, grounds and horses are very well taken care of.

  • Linda Beattie

    Sheri is an excellent instructor. She is a really good teacher, patient and so knowledgeable. Her horses and barn are wonderful. She instructed my granddaughter and was incredibly proficient. Duke Horsemanship is a fantastic place to learn about horses and ride them.

  • Alison Potter

    Sheri is friendly, fun, and fantastic! She is super with kids of all ages. Sheri has been wonderful for our 7 year old daughter who loves horses. She has taught care, safety and proper riding.

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

tour of the facility, rules and then right to hands on with the horses. I teach safety first... how to be safe around all horses, not just the horses at my place. You will learn what a horse is saying to you and how to respond to that information.

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

Certified horsemanship association membership and certification since 1988. This requires proof of continuing education (a lot of it) every 3 years .

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

$65 private, $40 semi private, $30 3-4 students. Flexible schedule, pay as you ride (no prepaid lesson plan)

How did you get started teaching?

its a long story, but basically i took horsemanship classes at summer camp as a kid. I am now the head wrangler at that same summer camp. When my own children were old enough, i started teaching privately at our family barn in Kenmore. Our family has owned horses for 30+ years now. Between camp and our barn, i have taught that whole time.

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly beginner to intermediate. My goal is to  build a foundation and love of horses. I teach age 8 on up. I think my oldest student was 65ish. I teach for fun and recreation.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

anytime a student and a horse connect and finally understand each other I am excited. My horses are GREAT teachers. We all just need to learn how to communicate with them.

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

Look around you. It should be tidy, well fed horses, organized. I would ask questions about saftey, rules and policies and if those rules and policies are being followed. Horses are big powerful animals, and i want to know that the risks are kept to a minimum.

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

What is their goal in riding? competition, community, fun and recreation, to learn a new skill, build confidence, learn a 'new language' by learning about horses, to RUN on a horse, to get ready for a 'dude ranch experience' . All great reasons to learn to ride!

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