Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or the ability to discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon to Cottonwood Creek Ranch, LLC in Guthrie. Choose from the following options:
- For $14, you get a 30-minute private lesson (a $30 value).
- For $29, you get two 30-minute group lessons (a $60 value).
- For $48, you get two one-hour group lessons (a $100 value).
Helmed by 20-year veteran rider and instructor Mandy Highsaw, the accomplished instructors at Cottonwood Creek guide students as young as 7 in the delicate art of horseback riding. During each lesson, the friendly teachers practice effective, positive reinforcement on both students and horses, happily imparting precious knowledge in a variety of riding styles, including Western, English, saddle-seat, stick-shift, and automatic. As riders learn to care for their horse and lead their four-legged friends through trots and gallops, they build their own minds and bodies through practicing their balance, boosting their sense of accomplishment, and forming a strong bond with a sensitive, intelligent creature. Each fun-stuffed and informative class takes place on Cottonwood Creek’s newly renovated riding facility, with a spacious outdoor arena for open-air rides or a well-lit, roomy indoor space for winter riding or playing games of horse Monopoly during rainstorms.
Cottonwood Creek Morgans
Kelly Kraegel Varner, who held the title Miss Rodeo California in 2002, presides over Cottonwood Creek's stable of regal Morgan horses, many of whom have had a hand in the 50 World and Grand National and Reserve Championships she and her clientele have amassed over the years. With the help of Mandy Highsaw, a 20-year veteran rider and instructor, Kelly has centered Cottonwood as a respected riding school catering to students as young as seven.
The ranch's horseback riding lessons impart precious knowledge in a variety of riding styles, including Western, English, saddle-seat, stick-shift, and automatic, with friendly teachers practicing effective, positive reinforcement on both students and horses. Come midsummer, Cottonwood's summer camp amasses small groups for tutorials in Western- and English-style riding and grooming, as well as outdoor activities such as swimming and crafting. Gallopers gallivant across the ranch's newly renovated riding facility, with a spacious outdoor arena for open-air rides or a well-lit, roomy indoor space for winter riding or playing games of horse Monopoly during rainstorms.