Corinne fell in love with horses during a trail ride on her 8th birthday, and has spent her life studying the art of riding. Since receiving certification in 1993, she has enjoyed teaching children and adults of all levels how to ride and care for horses, while continuing her education in Dressage.
"When I turned 10, my mom worked as an art teacher at a girls summer camp - it just happened to teach girls equitation, vaulting and jumping! I won my first blue ribbon, and my heart for horses was set on fire." Blue ribbon partners Corinne and Shalimar, 1976 (below).
Living in the city left Corinne desperate for trips to the barn. "I would save babysitting money for one lesson every other week in the suburbs (they were $10!). Then, along with allowance, Christmas and birthday gifts, I could save enough to attend horse camp for one or more weeks in the summer."
After college, Corinne took a job leading trail rides, and along with that came the opportunity to purchase her first horse. "Soon thereafter, I was organizing camps for kids and teaching adult programs. Suddenly, the passion and respect I had for horses was greater than it had ever been as a child."
Corinne was introduced to Dressage in 1994. Dressage is a discipline that focuses on the proper training of the horse. Mastering the communication between horse and rider became her primary focus. Seeking the best teachers and trainers has taken Corinne all over the United States. "I have been blessed by the best equine partners and human instructors available."
In 1999, she landed a working student internship with Olympian Michelle Gibson. A generous sponsor saw her hard work, talent and dedication - and the following year Corinne was awarded two talented equine athletes: FEI Schoolmasters Mendelssohn and Egeris (shown above). She was fortunate to be in full training with Michelle between 1999 and 2001 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Since 1994, she has studied extensively with top professionals in the industry, including Bill Solyntjes, Michelle Gibson, Dolly Hannon, Janet Foy, Frances Carbonnel, Alison Sader Larson & Kelly Underhill.
Group Program Manager
Amy Watson is a CHA Certified Riding Instructor and lifelong equestrian who grew up riding horses in Evergreen, Colorado. She has spent decades showing in the Hunter Jumper circuit. She and her beautiful warmblood Zenzi (shown here) currently study Dressage, and are permanent faces at the barn. Amy leads our group programs for kids, such as Saddle Club, Horse Camp, and Fun on the Farm, as well as Rusty Stirrups for adults.
Bridget Rhode (shown with her AQHA colt “Merriweather”) began teaching horsemanship at summer camps while in high school and liked it so much, she had to learn more. She enrolled in English riding lessons under the tutelage of Cynda Dyer, where she also received her first instruction in basic horse training techniques. Her quest for knowledge continued at Rocky Mountain College in Montana, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Studies. Bridget graduated Summa Cum Laude and was presented the departmental award for overall excellence.
While in college, Bridget worked regularly with trainers and judges Marilyn Randall, Scott Neuman, Amy Neuman, and Christine Brown. She further refined her skills in both hunt-seat and western horsemanship, competing along the way in hunter under saddle, working hunter, western pleasure, reining and dressage. She also completed an internship at the Sterling Ranch in Bodiam, England, where she studied under Doug Allan.
Bridget was an assistant trainer under Gary Roberts in Southern California followed by an adventure at graduate school in Scotland, where she taught show jumping and flat work at a local riding school. She recently returned to Colorado, and is excited to work with the amazing students of Denver Equestrians. She believes strongly in the development of confidence and effective communication between riders and their equine partners is achieved with practice, patience, and a willing mind. Most of all, her aim is for horse and rider to have fun and enjoy the experience, while working toward their individual goals.
Kindra joins our team from Huntcliff Equestrian Center in Atlanta, GA. She is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian
Centre in Waverly, WV with a focus in the Dressage and Jumping Disciplines. While attending Meredith Manor, she also received a Teaching II Certificate along with Certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy and Equine Theriogenology (Reproduction).
Kindra has been involved with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association
(IEA) since 2008 as the coach of the Huntcliff Equestrian High School and Middle School Teams. Her students have proven their winning
education through numerous GHJA Year End Awards and competing through the National level in IEA and IHSA. She has experience competing, teaching and training in Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage, and has studied under top professionals in the industry including George Morris, Frank Madden, Joe Fargis, the O’Connor Event Team and FEI Silver Medalist Nancy Wesolek-Sterret.
Kindra is a fun and educational teacher who is able to develop great working relationships with
staff, parents and students. She is skilled at evaluating students and formulating a program that works for
their particular needs while helping them to develop the ability to be competitive in whatever equestrian arena they chose. Welcome, Kindra!
Andrea feels fortunate to have grown up around horses, as her aunt owns a large Hunter Jumper barn. Her training career began apprenticing with Margaret Markham in Texas, and progressed into teaching at a riding school. She has competed in recognized shows including the National Western Stock Show and the Summer Series at the Colorado Horse Park.
Andrea's focus is teaching Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Show Jumping. Her philosophy is teaching students how to create a balanced ride incorporating all four natural aids, focusing on riding from leg to hand. She enjoys working with students of all ages and disciplines, and finds joy in sharing the sport of riding horses.
Jen started riding at 11 years of age, and was competing on the national scene in Saddle Seat Equitation by 17. She went on to compete in Endurance & Trail Riding. Jen received her license through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Agriculture as an Equine Instructor. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as the Head Instructor at Powderly Meadows Farm, and also served as the Show Coach for Mare Willow farms, where she focused on Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure.
Jen is the CEO of the Healing Hoof LLC, and Vice President of the Healing Hoof Foundation ~ a non-profit dedicated to helping youths through Equine Assisted-sensory based psychotherapy. She enjoys teaching balanced seat, saddle seat, basic hunter and western pleasure.
Since 1986 Karyn has worked with students, ages 3-75, from all walks of life, to discover the joy of becoming life-long learners through Horsemanship. Karyn’s communication with horse and rider is supported by her twenty-one years of teaching Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Competitive Speech, Language Arts, and ESL here in Colorado, Germany and the Ukraine.
At the age of 6, a friend of Karyn’s parents gave her a very special gift; Misty of Chincoteague a book by Marguerite Henry. It was then that Karyn became passionate about horses, learning, and teaching. “I remember that book to this day and how I felt the first time I read it. I wanted to be with the ponies when they swam between the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague.”
“One of my best teachers was my horse Maggie. We met when she was a five year old. She hadn’t been ridden for 3 years and at age two was given only thirty days of training. I called up her trainer, Margaret, and with her help, I learned how to work with a ‘green’ horse. All three of us worked from the ground up. It was intense, exciting, and very rewarding. I am so grateful for that experience. In their honor, I am writing a novel where they play leading roles. “
Karyn continued her education with horses by becoming a working student at several barns here in Colorado and in Germany. Her training included natural horsemanship, dressage, jumping, and trail riding. Prior to becoming a teacher, Karyn was a pianist for ballet schools, draftsman for oil and civil engineers and a volunteer docent and artifact researcher for the Educational Department of the Denver Art Museum. She earned her B.A. with a Major in Studio Art, Minors in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education, and a Teaching certificate in Art Education K-12 from the University of Colorado.