About Shannon

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My love for horses started at an early age. I began formal riding lessons when I was only seven years old and competed in local Hunter/Jumper shows. I attended the University of Connecticut where I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and then earned a dual Masters Degree and Licenses in both Teaching and School Counseling, all while continuing to ride. 

In 2011, my husband and I moved to Colorado where I chose to reenter to the horse world full time. Working at a local barn in Littleton; I decided that I wanted to pair my love for horses with my desire to help others. In June 2013 I completed my training as a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through the PATH Association, allowing me to work with riders with varying disabilities and helping them to discover the healing power of horses.

I am currently back in school working toward a second Bachelors Degree in Equine Science focusing on Instruction. 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching students of all ages to ride and I excel in my ability to work with young riders. I specialize in teaching in the English Disciplines and working with Beginner and Intermediate riders on the flat. I believe in a creating a strong foundation of skills so the rider is capable to move into whichever discipline they prefer. Just over a year ago, I moved my own horse into the discipline of Dressage and I currently train under both Shannon Dahmer and Elaine Marion. 

Moving into this new discipline has strengthened my ability as a trainer I try to bring basic Dressage skills into my lessons with each of my clients in order to create a solid start in horsemanship skills that will allow them to excel as their riding progresses. My goal as an Instructor is for each student to leave their lesson having learned something new and most importantly with a smile on their face. I am so excited to begin my next adventure here at Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center.

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