Hi I’m Amy Calhoun, I grew up in Southern California where I have been riding since I was 2 years old. I showed Western Pleasure horses on the Quarter Horse and Paint Horse circuit with my big sister who was a Horse Trainer for the stars. World, Congress and State horse shows. I loved them all and could never get enough of it and still cant even at my old age. I would be at the barn from the time I got out of school to the time I walked in the door and went straight to bed.
When I was 10, my father transferred jobs and we moved to the East Coast. CULTURE SHOCK! I realized rather quickly that the East Coast was mainly English riding so I quickly learned to ride and show Hunter Jumpers. I always liked the excitement of jumping and coupled with my energy, it was a good fit plus I was pretty good at it which is always a plus. Then when I was almost 18, we were on the move again, this time to Texas . My love of horses always followed closely behind and I began showing and training again both English and Western. Between starting a family and raising 4 kids I gave lessons, trained and showed. It is in my blood.
My goal as a trainer and instructor is to help inspire people to overcome fears, realize passions and achieve goals. Riding horses is not just about getting on their backs and going fast, it’s about a relationship. I help kids and adults build bonds with their horse and continue to challenge them each time they come to my barn. The first thing I ask, when I have a prospective client is, what is your short term goal, long-term goal and what is your stretch goal? By giving me your goals, it helps me to help YOU achieve them.
My earliest memory of being with horses is visiting my great-Aunt’s house while my Aunt Monica taught me some riding basics, I don’t even remember how old I was. From that moment on I was hooked. Growing up in California, I took lessons in Western Pleasure for 3 years, and volunteered at the Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach for 2 years, where I learned I have a skill for teaching kids and horses. I simply love everything about being around horses! I am excited to teach your children to develop their skills and passions too.
Hello, my name is Marlena Hardin. I am nineteen years old, and a college nursing student. I have been riding horses since I was eight years old. Through the years, I have dabbled in English, jumping, western pleasure, and barrel racing.
I am from a family of ten, so being around and teaching kids has been a second nature to me. Working as a piano teacher, nanny, and special needs caretaker has taught me how to bond with children of all ages. I am exuberant to have the opportunity to show others how to ride and bond with horses.
I started riding at Windy Hill a year and a half ago. Before I started coming out to Mrs. Amy's, I had never barrel raced before, and had no experience in that area. However, I was flabbergasted with the amount of patience and knowledge that Mrs. Amy showed as she instructed me. The Barn has become a safe haven, and I have made so many strong bonds with the other riders and horses.