ABOUT CAROLYN HEATON:
“I LOVE teaching. There’s just something amazing about watching two unique and separate creatures – a human and a horse – work together to become one fluid picture of beauty, power, and grace. To me, that’s just magical.”
Carolyn offers training and showing programs in dressage, western dressage, and general horsemanship. Basic dressage work can benefit any riding horse and so, regardless of the type of saddle used, Carolyn teaches dressage concepts to all of her students and their mounts.
“When asked what I do for a living, I typically say, ‘I teach horses and their humans.’”
With over thirty years of experience in the horse industry, a graduate degree in counseling, and a former career in higher education, Carolyn’s variety of experiences allow her an open-minded approach to training and teaching horsemanship. Her love of teaching and the learning process paired with the great value she places on education for both herself and her students has resulted in a student-centered (horse and human) teaching style that is both theory and experienced based. The goal is to develop a willing partnership between the horse and the human based on solid equitation, correct training/bio-mechanics, clear communication, and mutual trust and understanding.
Certified by the American Riding Instructor Association since 1998, Carolyn recently graduated from the Western Dressage Association of America’s “Train the Trainers” program and is looking forward to further promoting dressage principles in western riding disciplines.
“I am just a horse-crazy girl who never outgrew her childhood love.“
Through the years, Carolyn has ridden and competed in a wide variety of disciplines -- including jumping, saddle-seat, reining, trail, and ranch work -- so she has an appreciation for a variety of different training perspectives. Her journey, though, has led her to her passion, dressage, and she continues to enjoy the experience of “re-careering” both horses and humans from a variety of different breeds and backgrounds by introducing them to the philosophy and practice of dressage.
If you are interested in beginning or furthering your dressage pursuits, please contact Carolyn directly to discuss a program for you. Carolyn Heaton at 702-279-9423 or send a message here.