A Chat with Opening Number Riding Academy
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We offer English and Western, Dressage, Eventing, Jumpers, Hunters, and other show experiences without the big price tags other barns put on their show experiences.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Make sure you bring shoes that don't fall off when you're suspended in air! I've lost count of how many people have their boots fall off in their first lesson!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I always wanted to be "the boss." I also felt that many barns around focused completely on either showing or goofing off. No one merged both the discipline of showing (and good horse care) with the fun of trail rides and diversity! I felt there was a need for such a business.
What do you love most about your job?
I love teaching horseback riding, and I enjoy watching people learn about horses and how to work with them. I love the "ah-ha" moments, and I think it's great how many people become a better version of themselves around the horses. I've seen timid kids become outgoing adults, and that's just great.