Frequently Asked Questions
What are your qualifications?
Lela has over 20 years of professional teaching and training experience. She has competed thru upper levels in the disciplines of: Dressage and Hunter/Jumper. She has also competed moderately in eventing, western pleasure, and trail challenges. Lela also has experience in fox hunting, gaming, western dressage, horsemanship/showmanship, open show and schooling show judging, and is currently pursuing further education in ranch/cattle work.
Lela has spent the last five years studying the horsemanship of Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, and the Dorrance brothers. She has attended over 25 clinics as a participate or auditor with Buck. Additionally, she has been riding with other clinicians who are direct students of this horsemanship, as well as spending several weeks each year riding at McGinnis Meadows in the Winter Horsemanship program.
Lela has training experience with all levels, ages, and breeds of horses- from quarter horses to thoroughbreds. She specifically enjoys working with restarts, as well as giving off the track TBs a chance at 2nd careers.
Lela has been teaching all ages of riders for over 22 years. For several years, she had over 200 lesson students per week, before moving into the barn management arena. Her passion has always been teaching- both horse and riders, and she is excited to be returning to instructing.
What primary services do you offer?
We are excited to announce we are now offering in-house training opportunities at our home barn for 2020, as well as planning to offer several re-sales this year to the public.
Other traditional services we offer include: local lessons and training sessions at your location (home, barn, local arena). We also offer coaching pre-show or day of. Day long mini clinics are available as well.
We also offer some unique online services- such as viral lessons, subscriptions to weekly training videos, a free blog, and weekly Facetime training Q and A sessions.
What do you specialize in?
We practice Horsemanship in the style of Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. We combine these fundamentals with classical good riding techniques in the areas of dressage and equitation to provide for a well-rounded horse and rider.
Lela is most excited to "bridge the gap" between horsemanship and traditional disciplines such as hunters and dressage.
Lela is comfortable teaching beginners to advanced level riders, both in ground work and ridden work.
Lela is passionate about helping owner's better understand challenges they face with their horses- such as trailer loading, catching, leading, and more complex topics.
Lela also has a strong passion for ground work and liberty training as it gives the most insight into communication from the horse's perspective.
She specializes in "restarts"- both horse and human, and personally works with retraining off-the track Thoroughbreds for 2nd careers.
What are your hours for lessons?
On-site clientele can schedule lessons any day of the week. Off-site opportunities are typically available on Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoons between 4 and 8 pm in the summer months. Weekend lessons are also available when Lela is not attending clinics to further her education.
Winter riding times vary according to location and weather.
What are costs of lessons?
Local Lessons/Training Sessions are: $45-$50 per hour.
Virtual Lessons are: $35 for 1/2 hour submission tape, with 30 minute virtual (Skype or Facetime) Lesson summary to follow.
Are you insured?
We are fully insured thru Equisure and can provide COI (certificate of insurance upon request by facilities).
Do you accept horses for training or provide lesson horses at your barn?
We are excited to announce that YES! for 2020- we now offer in-house training and horsemanship opportunities. Click here for more info!
Why do you wear a helmet all the time if you ride western/are a professional?
Well, I grew up riding with a helmet when I schooled Hunters and I have seen them save lives over the years. I feel rather naked without it and would like to keep my brain safe for another 30 years or so. I do not judge riders who are adults and choose not to wear them, but I also ask not to be judged FOR wearing it. It does not make me an amateur or less of a rider- just a personal preference and a priority for me specifically. I also think that riding safety is an important area to for me to be a role model for youth and new riders who may be looking for this leadership.