As a horse crazy girl I started my riding at a young age and went on to compete extensively in dressage, jumping and cross-country. The trainers I worked with came from a variety of backgrounds. I have developed my own methods over the years that combine my experience in classical dressage and natural horsemanship. I feel the perfect beginning for young horses is blending all three. A young horse should not loose that twinkle in their eye and individual character. My training method is starting a conversation to create a willing partner. I've started many young 3-4 year old horses under saddle with these methods successfully. I am available as an assistant trainer and also available for lessons on occasions. Contact me via e-mail for any questions you have. My availability is limited so I am selective with what projects I assist with. Colleenekholm@yahoo.com
" Stacia's approach to training is patient. She cares about instilling clients with confidence and appropriate knowledge of how to work and ride horses." ~Mikaela Cross~
My passion for horses began at the age of 6 when I had my first riding lesson. I rode mostly for pleasure in my youth. After college I learned to school horses of all ages for dressage competitions. I have show experience through third level in dressage and have schooled through more advanced level work. After working with numerous horses and earning several EMDA and MDS awards, I went on to further my education in classical dressage under the instruction of Vitor Silva. I have continued with my education over the years attending clinics with well known local and international trainers. I am enrolled in Science of Motion's IHTC, to continue to learn more about biomechanics and how to apply this knowledge with my own horses for healthier movements. I am available for lessons and training for our farm's clients. My goal when working with horses and riders is to create an open dialogue that develops confidence for both with a focus on creating a willing partnership.
Stone Ridge Stables
Assistant trainer Colleen with her recent training project Aster.
Winter training in Florida with Jean Luc Cornille
" I brought my horse to a reputable stable where he was deemed to be unsound. I was devastated by the news but not 100% in agreement. I was then put in touch w/ Stacia who agreed to take on Pocco for a few months. Through her guidance and determination, he learned to carry himself correctly and comfortably. He went on to receive high point awards through a local riding club. Stacia's talent proved the others wrong and by correcting Pocco's problem she revealed the wonderful horse within himself. " ~ Andrea and Grace Barstow
"My goal is to always create a confident horse and rider team with solid foundations for any level or discipline."