BY ANN PARK
A talented barrel racer and member of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, Kylie Martinez began teaching riding lessons in 2014. As soon as she graduated from High School, she began running AH-HA Riding Lessons full-time.
Kylie holds riding lessons and hosts summer riding camps, giving students the opportunity to spend three days learning how to ride and how to care for the horses. This popular camp books up quickly, but there are still some openings left for this summer.
Kylie’s riding students are both kids and adults, many of whom have little experience with horses. “We start with the basics,” Kylie says. “With a long-term goal of teaching them to barrel race.” She holds competitions for her students to give them a chance to show off what they’ve learned and to teach them how to ride under pressure. If they decide later to get their own horse and compete, they’re very well set up for success.
Learning to ride has many benefits. “The biggest thing I notice is how much my classes help kids increase their confidence.” Students also learn self-discipline, and how to control emotions. “If you’re calm, then the horse is calm. Learning to work with animals helps kids learn how to work with people. If you’ve never ridden before, schedule a lesson and try it out!”
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