Leslie is the newest riding instructor, who started at BMREC in September. But working here at BMREC is not her first rodeo. She has been instructing for 10 years, all in Littleton at the Ken Caryl Equestrian Center. And it doesn’t stop there. Horses have been in her life since she was 8 years old when she moved to Colorado. She ended up living right next to Ken Caryl, which fostered her love for horses and horseback riding. Growing up, Leslie’s mother was always riding, and she was always encouraged to ride too, planting a seed that would flourish as she grew older.
Leslie grew up doing the CHJA circuit and also partook in a group called the Westernaires, a mountain drill team in Golden, Colorado. She went to pony state champions as a teenager, where she loved riding in the big arena. Leslie found the pressure that came along with it to be incredibly exciting. She felt happiness when she ended up doing really well after practicing so hard. She also graduated from CSU with a Bachelors in Equine Sciences.
We asked Leslie what she loves about horses, and she had this to say: “they teach you way more than how to ride. They teach you to be forgiving, how to have a sense of humor, and how to be humble more than anything. They are also very therapeutic.” We also asked if she has any horses of her own. She and her husband currently have six horses: four at home in Elizabeth, Colorado where they have 35 acres, and two at Ken Caryl Equestrian. She has bought and sold plenty of horses throughout her life, but she has a couple now that she will never sell: a couple that has become her family. Leslie and her husband have been married for 14 years and have a 6-year-old son named Roman, who they love with all their hearts.