I have loved horses for as long as I can remember. I finally convinced my parents to let me take lessons when I was 8 and to purchase a horse of my own 3 years later. Unfortunately, when I left home to attend college, I could not afford to bring my horse and board her in the Bay Area and was forced to sell her - it was devastating. I tried riding at a few different places over the years, but it never felt quite right… It wasn’t just the riding I missed, I missed having the connection I had experienced growing up around and owning my own horse. After moving to Martinez, I decided it was time to revisit my dream, found the Horse and Rider Connection website and scheduled my first lesson shortly thereafter. Initially I was impressed by the caliber of horses and organized and professional manner in which the business ran. Over the last 5 years, I have learned a lot and gotten to ride and lease some very special horses and have come to appreciate and respect so much more than that. The instructors encourage and push their riders to challenge themselves and grow to become their best, bravest selves. The program cultivates mentorships between horses and riders and it is extraordinary to watch the students grow and excel not just in their horsemanship, but in their lives. I have had the opportunity to go horse camping, compete in gymkhana and show both western pleasure and dressage. I have gotten to watch the sun set and enjoy the cool bay breezes on the open trails behind the barn and spent rainy mornings schooling horses in the covered arenas. It is not just a barn, it is a family. I have rediscovered my connection with both horses and horse people and feel truly lucky to have found Horse and Rider Connection and had the opportunity to be a part of the program.
I have been a client on and off for 8 years at Horse and Rider Connection. My experience has been incredible. Horse and rider safety come first. I have worked with three different trainers and have found them each competent and incredible to work with. I respect the high standards of professionalism and the drama free zone that is maintained as a norm. There is a community of people that care and are there to support and help make the experience at 10+. Additionally all aspects of horsemanship are included, from care to maintenance - the full spectrum is part of the experience. I would recommend anyone of any age, confident that there is a perfect horse and trainer for them within this community.