About the Trainer
Hello there! My name is Bella and I've been riding for over 12 years as of 2018. Since I began riding, I've trained with a number of wonderful professionals, including Nan Buckner, John Abbot, and Suzanne Thrift. Through years of lessons, I developed my own style of teaching. I believe it is important to focus on the basics and create a solid foundation on which to build. I concentrate on safety and ensure that the student has a perfect understanding of their influence and appropriate responses both on the ground and while riding. Most importantly, I stress that this is a fun and rewarding activity!
I have three horses who are a wonderful part of my life. My very first pony, Belle, is a Welsh/Quarter Horse cross. We have shown and won many ribbons together and a connection like the one we have is something I would never give up. When I became too big to show Belle, I purchased Pagan, my current show horse. She is an Appaloosa/Hanoverian/Thoroughbred. Pagan was bred for stamina and speed and is just one big muscle. She comes from an Eventing background and now we do jumpers together. I haven't quite established the kind of bond with Pagan that I have with Belle, but it's a work in progress. I have to trust her if she is to trust me. I know we'll get there eventually. Last but not certainly not least, I have Reilly. She is the result of a cross between Belle and a very nice Connemara stallion. I have raised and trained her since she was born on our property.
If you are interested in lessons, please contact us for more information. We would love to meet you!