Jamie has been teaching lessons for about 14 years. She has ridden her entire life and found it very easy to make a seamless move into the professional world of horses where she has trained show horses as well as taught lessons. Since then, Jamie has had over 30 top ten National Finals students, several of whom she has coached to National and Reserve National Championships. Her students have also competed in the World’s Championship Horse Show as well as placing in the top 3 at the Kansas City Royal Nationals. Jamie has a special interest in therapeutic riding and enjoys working with children and adults who experience mental and physical challenges. “The progress and results they achieve,” she says “is amazing on horseback!
Erica is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from William Wood University with a B.S. in Equine Science and a minor in Business Administration. Her senior year, she completed an Honors Thesis about teaching riders of different ages and abilities. She is also certified in first-aid and CPR. During her time in college, Erica has experienced all aspects of the horse industry through both classes and internships at various farms including Callaway Hills. Erica's duties at different farms included tasks such as breaking, training, showing and instructing. Erica won several titles during her show career including Park Pleasure Grand Champion at the St. Louis Charity Horse Show, 2006 Reserve National Champion in Saddlebred Huntseat Pleasure and received 2006/2007 Saddle & Bridle Best of Breed for Saddlebred Huntseat. She has coached students through divisions ranging from Academy to 5-gaited. Along with sharing her passion for horses, Erica enjoys other sports like swimming and tennis as well as quieter pursuits like painting and playing piano.
Kari has been riding almost 20 years and began teaching out of necessity when the sole instructor at the barn where she rode quit in the middle of a workday. She then turned that surprise into a career opportunity and has been teaching ever since. Kari’s riding experiences vary from Western to Huntseat to Saddle Seat in which she has shown Quarter Horses, Arabians, and Saddlebreds. As a child and as a teenager, Kari was a very active member of 4-H; and now as an instructor she coaches the LEC 4-H Show Team and the newly formed LEC 4-H Drill Team. When she is not teaching lessons, Kari works with her own horses and has a special interest in Endurance riding. In addition to her equine pastimes, Kari also enjoys playing softball.