The riding lesson program is not just about learning how to properly ride a horse, it is also about learning about ourselves, enjoying the outdoors and getting exercise, creating and maintaining healthy relationships, perseverance during difficult and challenging moments, inner strength, creative problem solving, patience and communication. Dressage is the core of our riding lesson program, which leads to success in all disciplines, with a correct seat and use of aids to develop the horse and rider correctly. We also offer jump and western lessons.
Private riding lessons are offered, with concentration on developing a respectful relationship with horses on the ground and under saddle combined with a balanced seat and correct use of leg, rein and seat aids at all three gaits. Safety is our top priority and helmets are required for all riders. Students also learn basic horsemanship with ground work, grooming, leading, and tacking up, as well as common horse parts and terminology. Lessons are taught using both English and Western tack and include learning both direct reining and neck reining techniques. Beginners are initially taught on a lunge line in the round pen, developing muscle memory, strength, confidence and balance. After they gain balance, control and confidence with their improved riding abilities, then they advance to independent reining in the round pen and the arena. The lesson horses are safe and well trained, and we do use snaffle bits to teach correct use of the rein. We will work with adults or children, any level of riding ability.
Private lessons are offered weekdays and Saturdays at $60 per lesson for one student with two students $90 for a one and a half hour lesson.
Beth is a Certified Horseman’s Association Level III Instructor for both English and Western. Out of the ten instructors in her group, Beth was awarded the highest level. She has taught thousands of lessons to over 500 students in the past 15 years.
Beth’s first official teaching job was at the prestigious Tripp Lake Camp in Poland, Maine landing her next at the Chelsea Equestrian Center in NYC. She was only one of three, out of 12 instructors who was allowed to school the lesson horses there. Beth created her own riding school in Southern California for 7 years before finally ‘settling’ in Texas, just outside of Austin.
Riders are encouraged to be more present, balanced, clear, and playful, so that they become partners with good leadership skills, rather than taking on the fear-based, domination role. Students are reminded to have fun and get excited by riding in most specific and often subtle ways.
Careful, supportive instruction, with positive training always, ensures that both horse and rider can stay relaxed and focused with each ride. No yelling will occur!
Beth has honed her critical eye and instincts to such a degree, that her assessment of any rider is spot on and creates immediate shifts.
For Beth and her students, riding a horse becomes as natural and immediate as breathing, eating, and sleeping. Beth’s clients develop their intuition so that they continually analyze and adjust to where their horse is at any given moment in a ride.
Influences: Beth has been blessed with attending numerous clinics over the years. She thrives on continuing education. She has ridden with Terri Stryker, Major Jeremy Beale, David Ventura, Nina Winternheimer, Michael Vermaas, Glen Julian, Christy Frakes, Karen Rohlf, and Mark Russell. She has also audited many clinics, including: Conrad Schumacher, Charles de Kunffy, Linda Allen, Anne Kursinski, Anne Gribbons, Buck Brannaman, and Greg Best.
Kelly Jones, Owner, Ranch Manager and trained Equine Professional in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through Natural Lifemanship, has been involved with horses from the time she was a toddler on her great-grandmother’s ranch. As a young girl, Kelly volunteered at a stable in Beaumont, Texas, working as a groom where she took her first riding lessons and learned horsemanship and horse care. As a teenager Kelly was blessed to have the opportunity to ride horses and explore the outskirts of Durango, Colorado, from dusk until dawn. After obtaining a Bachelors degree in Marketing at Texas Tech University, Kelly began riding again with friends while working as a clothing designer and buyer for several large retail stores. After the birth of her daughter, Katrina, Kelly purchased her first horse at the age of 30. Soon after, the family purchased Ponderosita Ranch in 1999, and began the process of learning how to manage a horse property. In 2004, South Wind Equestrian Center was created, and she began boarding horses and teaching riding lessons, as well as training a limited number of horses, following the methods of such horseman as Buck Branaman, and Tom Dorrance. Especially rewarding was training therapy horses for a local equine therapy facility, and helping horse owners with “problem” horses. With a focus on building relationships from the ground up, Kelly brings a better harmony to both horse and rider, and strives to help owners build a bond with their equine partner. Kelly has attended multiple clinics and continues to learn from journals, clinics and fellow trainers. Her attitude is "you will never learn everything there is to know about horses". Horse behavior is one of her specialties, along with horse management. In February of 2013 Kelly decided to devote herself full time to her ranch, and work tirelessly to bring the joy of a relationship with horses to as many as possible. On that journey Kelly attended a Natural Lifemanship Fundamentals training and was privileged to intern at Spirit Reins with Tim Jobe for 7 months. Bringing the healing power horses to humans, is her life's goal. Kelly has attended many clinics and symposiums including Anne Gribbons, Lendon Gray, Jeremy Steinberg, Janet Foy, Steffen Peters, Lisa Wilcox, Stephen Clark, Christoph Hess and Hilda Gurney. She belongs to AQHA, USDF, USEF, ADU, ATA, AHA, IDSHA and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Kelly's goal is to teach riders correct balance and seat, use of aids, and how to partner with a horse in a leadership role, while teaching students how to control their body and give their equine partner consistent and fair communication.
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Other Services - We offer horse buying, horse care and horse behavior consultation and on site visits. Contact us for more information.
South Wind Equestrian Center
Beth Lauren Parrish