|Riding Lessons: Instructors
offers a place where children and adults can find harmony and balance with their equine friends. We teach Centered Riding® which is what makes us unique.
Our instructors are all Centered Riding Instructors, prepared to assist you with all of your equine needs and questions. Visitors are always welcome!
Meet our instructors by clicking on a name below:
Riding Connections with Sally Bauder
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Above, Sally whispers sweet thoughts to Gabby before the show,
and instructs one of her students in the warm up arena.
Sally Bauder is
Level III Centered Riding Instructor whose experience is truly eclectic. From the age of 10, Sally has been completely involved in the equine industry. She has competed in the Jumper Circuit, has a 2-year degree in education, is trained in equine massage techniques, and is a Healing Touch practitioner.
She has clinic experience with: Bill Cooney, James Shaw, Anne Kursinski, Bob Jeffery's, Melanie Tinney, Lendon Gray, and Suzan Shepard. Sally has been involved with centered riding since 1998, has been teaching it since 2000.
Sally also worked closely with Centered Riding founder Sally Swift, level IV Instructor Lucille Bump and frequently works with dressage rider Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu. Sally has also recently been elected to the Centered Riding Board of Trusties.
Currently, Sally spends most of her time working with all disciplines of riding, as well as expanding into the world of driving horses. She is involved with the American Shire Horse Association and shows with her son Chad at local, regional, and national Shire Shows (for more information on the shire portion of the stable, please visit the HillCroft Shires link.)
Sally's students range from beginners, both children and adults, to FEI dressage riders all over the United States and Canada. Her clinics receive rave reviews. Riders often comment on how much they learned and how great a time they had, and her colleagues find her dependable and knowledgeable.
To receive more information about Sally Bauder, or HillCroft Stables lesson, camp, and clinic programs, please contact Sally Bauder via the information on the contacts page.
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Above, Karol has a special moment with her girl Marnie.
To the right Karol is shown surronded by
many of her giggling
students as they prepare for a show.
Karol McCarty is Level II Centered Riding Instructor. She has been involved in Centered Riding since 1996and has been a Centered Riding Instructor since 2004. She has ridden under Centered Riding founder Sally Swift, Level IV Instructor Lucille Bump, and Level III Instructor Sally Bauder. She has also assisted as a Centered Riding Clinician.
Karol's experience as an elementary school teacher gives her the skills to work with children using a variety of technique to achieve a goal. Since she began her riding career as an adult she understands the needs of adult riders. She has an innovative way of teaching that captures and holds the interest of students young and old.
Among her riding experience, she has trained in Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Trail, Dressage, and has been involved with the American Paint Horse Association.
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Kelley McCarty is Level I Centered Riding Instructor. She has been involved in Centered Riding since 1998 and has been a Centered Riding Instructor since 2006, being one of the youngest to complete her Centered Riding Instructors Clinic. She has ridden under Centered Riding founder Sally Swift, Level IV Instructor Lucille Bump, and Level III Instructor Sally Bauder.
Kelley has a good rapport with any age or level student. Her expertise has been in working with problem horses and their riders. She continues to further her equine education to move up the levels of Centered Riding instructors, and is working to become an equine massage therapist.
What is Centered Riding?
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Founder and author, Sally Swift, created Centered Riding® as an innovative way of expressing the classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering, and imagery. Centered Riding® encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse, rider, and instructor. To learn in depth about Centered Riding please visit the Offical Centered Riding website.
What are the Benefits of Centered Riding?
Centered Riding® teaches you how to help your body do what you need to do in order to ride well. Centered Riding® techniques help promote suppleness, stability, and clearer aids, making riding more comfortable for both horse and rider. As you learn and experience the principles through your horse's motion and responses, you and your horse tune in to each other and work together in harmony. These techniques can increase confidence and enjoyment and release tension in horses and riders, making training easier. They also help people cope with old injuries or chronic conditions that cause pain during or after riding.
Centered Riding® is used successfully by riders and instructors of all ages, interests, and levels, from pleasure riders to international competitors, and in therapeutic riding. It can be applied to any type of horse or horsemanship. Most of all, it makes riding more enjoyable for horses and riders.
The four basics of Centered Riding
Soft Eyes - Encourage visual and physical awareness, better peripheral vision, and improved “feel.”
Breathing - Using the diaphragm and breathing correctly for better posture, relaxation, and energy.
Balance or Building Blocks - Aligns the riders body for improved balance, straightness, and ease of movement.
Centering - Using the center of balance, movement and control, located deep in the body, gives quiet strength, harmony and power, as in the oriental martial arts.
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