Our

PHILOSOPHY

 I teach Balanced Seat riding, which is an English form. It is the root of dressage, so applicable to eventing or hunter-jumper competition, but also to games and any good riding. While a good beginning can take a student to success in the show ring, my focus is particularly on building good foundations toward any goal. So by starting slowly- with private lessons and lots of correction of position, the student very quickly attains a degree of confidence and independence. By starting out steering with eye rather than hand, and with exercises for balance and rhythm, the student becomes sensitive to communication with the horse. Thus, in a fairly short time, we are able to develop Balance, Relaxation, Communication and Confidence in the rider. From there, all riding goals require nothing more than fine tuning and practice.

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OUR HISTORY

Kami, the owner and primary instructor, has been riding for over 40 years, and teaching or learning to teach for most of that time. She began riding at Oldfields School in Maryland, which had a strong Eventing program, lots of clinics and trail rides, and a pony-club based stable management program. In addition, she has a degree in elementary education and experience with handicapped kids, including over six years’ experience as an assistant with Theraputic Riding. She has also taken courses in TTeam Touch for horses, and Centered Riding, toward instructor certification. Currently, Thumbs Up Riding School has been in Alachua since 2010, developing this 40 acres facility and a string of lesson horses. We are in process of building a Cross Country Jumping course, with some driving obstacles as well. Previously, she taught in Miami and Homestead from 2005 to 2010, with students from age 3 to age 53.

A word from

OUR HEAD INSTRUCTOR

I’ve got some ambitious plans for this little 40 acres.

They’ll take time to complete, and the process is a great adventure. Some parts are close to completion, some will take longer, and some are long-term dreams.

  • As we continue to improve and update the fenceline, we will continue the process of building a cross country jumping course of up to 24 fences, some in the fenceline, some in the fields. I’m also planning to include five or six obstacles for carriages. A simple water hazard and a larger water complex are in the long-term plan.

*Rumor has it that a second mirror will soon become available for the outdoor arena.

*As the tree line edge of the transverse (cones) field is cleared of construction debris, we will be organizing part of it into storage for gravel, fence posts, etc.

* A solid round pen will find a home in the shade.

  • Over the next year or two, I’m planning to build a four stall isolation barn down by the road, with an apartment above it, a couple of small paddocks and an apartment above. That will allow folks to come in for the winter season, or just to lay over on the way to or from Wellington.

* We are also putting in a secondary well to serve the uphill paddocks and for watering the arena

*We will be upgrading the electrical service to allow for arena lights and RV hookups

  • I would love to host such clinics as yoga or Feldenkreis movement for riders, Centered Riding or TTouch, etc. Along similar lines, we have begun to host schooling days, driving clinics, etc..
  • My longest term goal, in addition to certification in both TTeam Touch and as a Centered Riding instructor, and also for therapeutic riding through PATH or an equivalent organization, is to be able to train working students in my own teaching methods, using a lot of body awareness and hands-on instruction to help riders to find their confidence, balance, control and ability to communicate with their horse.

Kami

Owner & Head Trainer
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A word from

OUR HEAD TRAINER

I’ve got some ambitious plans for this little 40 acres.

They’ll take time to complete, and the process is a great adventure. Some parts are close to completion, some will take longer, and some are long-term dreams.

  • As we continue to improve and update the fenceline, we will continue the process of building a cross country jumping course of up to 24 fences, some in the fenceline, some in the fields. I’m also planning to include five or six obstacles for carriages. A simple water hazard and a larger water complex are in the long-term plan.

*Rumor has it that a second mirror will soon become available for the outdoor arena.

*As the tree line edge of the transverse (cones) field is cleared of construction debris, we will be organizing part of it into storage for gravel, fence posts, etc.

* A solid round pen will find a home in the shade.

  • Over the next year or two, I’m planning to build a four stall isolation barn down by the road, with an apartment above it, a couple of small paddocks and an apartment above. That will allow folks to come in for the winter season, or just to lay over on the way to or from Wellington.

* We are also putting in a secondary well to serve the uphill paddocks and for watering the arena

*We will be upgrading the electrical service to allow for arena lights and RV hookups

  • I would love to host such clinics as yoga or Feldenkreis movement for riders, Centered Riding or TTouch, etc. Along similar lines, we have begun to host schooling days, driving clinics, etc..
  • My longest term goal, in addition to certification in both TTeam Touch and as a Centered Riding instructor, and also for therapeutic riding through PATH or an equivalent organization, is to be able to train working students in my own teaching methods, using a lot of body awareness and hands-on instruction to help riders to find their confidence, balance, control and ability to communicate with their horse.

Kami

Owner & Head Trainer

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Alachua Florida, near Gainesville, Alachua, High Spring and Worthington Springs

Phone Number:

(305) 781-3882

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