Our students range from young children to older seniors, some with years of horse riding experience and some with little or none. Regardless of this diverse range, we are committed to delivering a riding experience that is unique to each individual. Whether training for competition, perfecting horsemanship skills, or just riding for fun, we strive to make your riding enjoyable and memorable. Read the stories below from some of our students who decided to share their experiences with Colorado Equestrian Academy.
This place is a gem. For those who seek solid education in not just riding skills but the learning whole equestrian lifestyle and animal behavior. A warm, family environment to make you feel loved and special. From wee ones to their parents, from the timid to the intrepid rider your horse needs will be satisfied.
Colorado Equestrian Academy is incredible. The stables are always clean and tidy, there is a variety of well trained horses, and there is six miles of trails! I have already improved a lot with the help of Kristen.
Kristen Wheeler was the most amazing trainer I have ever encountered! I came to her 8 short weeks before my PATH Intl. instructor level certification as a ball of anxiety feeling unprepared for success. Our first lesson she provided me with enough support to canter in circles where it had taken a year with other instructors for me to be comfortable enough to simply canter around the arena. She is dedicated to your goals and is willing to work with you as much as you need to succeed at them! I passed my certification and am now a registered level therapeutic riding instructor! I learned more from Kristen in 8 short weeks than from other instructors over 2 years. Thank you, Kristen, for helping me be successful!! Seriously I cannot recommend Kristen enough! She is affordable, provides lessons at a beautiful facility and has horses for every level of rider that are well trained but also push you to become a more advanced rider!
I am an older rider (in my 60’s), with an athletic horse who tends to spook, spin and bolt. In just a couple months, Kristen did wonders for my riding position, security and confidence, and my horse began behaving much better almost immediately. Kristen also rode my horse through an incredible de-spooking session on a cold windy day that included trucks and front end loaders dumping and moving rock while trees were being cut down with chain saws. Not only did Kristen ride calmly through the many spooks and attempted spins, but the exercise ended with my horse standing quietly in the middle of the mayhem!
Kristen is empathetic and compassionate and knows how far and hard to push both the horse and rider. I highly recommend her as a problem solver for any riding discipline and as an effective equitation instructor. Over the last 20+ years I have worked with 7 trainers, and Kristen is one of the best.