With nearly 23-years of equestrian experience, Mechlin Farm owners Kenny and Connie Mechlin host high-quality instruction for bipedal students. Led by highly trained teacher Ellen Baehr, students begin their lessons by studying the correct way to prepare, groom, tack, and check their horse's oil. Learn to steer your steed in the great outdoors surrounded by verdant fenced-in pastures or retreat to Mechlin's covered arena in the event of rain or snow. Baehr tailors every one-hour session to each junior jockey's comfort level, ensuring an enjoyable and personal experience for individual saddle fillers or sects of rodeo clowns in training.
Led by owner Amanda Hudspeth, Great Griffin Farms' friendly staff cultivates an atmosphere of equine safety and instruction amid 25 acres of landscaped farmland. With instruction for all levels, coaches and instructors draw on decades of competition and teaching experience to school riders in the hunter/jumper discipline. Private lessons host riders aged 5 and older in indoor and outdoor facilities, and competitions allow students to compete for ribbons. Pupils will learn empathy, build riding confidence, and bond with their carefully selected hoofed companion. Great Griffin Farms also sells and leases horses to enthusiasts who want to spend more time in the saddle and less time in a living-room chair shaped like a saddle
Since graduating from William Woods University’s equestrian science program, Jennifer Murphy-Buck of Gallop Equestrian Center has stacked her resumé with accomplishments in the field. From developing and teaching a vaulting class at WWU to running a nonprofit horsemanship program, Murphy-Buck laid solid groundwork for opening Gallop Equestrian Center in 2010. For the past two years, Murphy-Buck has worked alongside professional trainers Stephanie Marquart and Kylin Coulter-Meyer, leading classes in dressage, vaulting, and therapeutic riding. The trio also offers boarding, lavishing each stable occupant with hot washes, summer fans, and 24-hour room service.