Our daughter Isla started riding with Vanessa & Janice in 2008 at the age of 8. It became quickly apparent to us that this would be “horse home” for our horse crazed daughter. Over the years we have greatly appreciated the level of patience and understanding that Vanessa exudes to her riders. It is most certainly not a “one size” fits all teaching experience as we watch Vanessa and Janice train riders of all ages, disciplines and confidence levels with expertise and encouragement. This is definitely a safe environment for anyone to learn horsemanship from the ground up – from how to muck out a stall properly, trailer a horse, monitor your horse’s health, train your horse from the ground to the finer details of English & Western equitation. I have loved horses my whole life but never had the opportunity to ride until age 44 when I too started riding with Vanessa. She has given me an experience with horses that I cherish and has made one of my dreams come true – for that I will be forever grateful. In the past few years, my husband John & our younger daughter Grace have also started taking lessons from Vanessa & Janice. Even though we are at different levels Janice & Vanessa have helped us take some lessons together as a family which has been a great experience and we have even done trail rides together at Lucky Star. Visits to “the barn”, along with fun field trips, lessons & summer shows has become a weekly routine for us and we definitely feel like we are part of the “Lucky Star Family.” We’d encourage any family with an interest in horses to try Lucky Star – you may never want to leave!
For the 12 years that I have ridden at Lucky Star Equine, it has always been the fun and friendly environment that I have thought of as my second home. Vanessa and Janice have always made it their responsibility to make sure that everybody get as much as possible out of every lesson, show team practice, and horse show. I always go home smiling. When I first began to ride, I was absolutely terrified to go faster than a walk, but they helped bring up my confidence and now I compete on the horse show team, own my own horse that I am learning to train through the colt training program, and I'm at the barn almost everyday. They have given me so many opportunities to improve my riding, and they provided me life long friendships. They always put the horses first, and their knowledge seems to be never ending. I have learned so much already, and I cannot wait to continue..
Here are just a few of the testimonials from some of our clients!
Lucky Star Equine has been such a blessing to my daughters, Lana and Paulina, and to our whole family! Janice and Vanessa are excellent teachers and provide such amazing care to their students and to their horses. The level of discipline and character building that I have seen Lucky Star accomplish in their students is remarkable. My daughter has learned and grown so much in her love and knowledge of horses, she can't get enough! Janice and Vanessa are like family to us and we feel very lucky to have found them .
Lucky Star Equine is amazing!! I really wish I could have had this opportunity for my daughter when she was young.
Lucky Star Equine provides a safe, friendly atmosphere for me to develop riding skills at my maturing age. Even if you don't have a horse, they have many well mannered school horses of varying levels providing opportunities to anybody of any age at any skill level. I always look forward to showing with Lucky Star and love the supportive nature of their group. Having the group support and mentor - is an incredible confidence builder!!! Lucky Star Equine has opened equine doors that before, I couldn't figure out how to open on my own!! I really desire to reach a higher level - whether it be at reining or ranch versatility. Lucky Star Equine allows me the opportunity to achieve in a non threatening atmosphere!!! Thank you Vanessa and Janice!!
I started taking lessons from Vanessa over 14 years ago and have leased one of her horses (whom I dearly love!!) for 10 years. For, my birthday, they surprised me, and Magic became my horse! Vanessa and her mom, Janice, are excellent teachers; knowledgeable, compassionate, encouraging and welcoming. They care deeply for their horses; many of which have been rescued. This has been one of the best things I have ever done, and to get back in the saddle after 30 years has been incredible!!
We started taking lessons 14 years ago when my daughters were 5 & 2 years old. Vanessa & Janice have taught them so much about loving the horses and their self-confidence has sky rocketed. They always use positive reinforcement to help the kids improve. The special events are always a great time & they offer the kids a chance to get to know one another. The camps are a great way to learn horsemanship and to spend more time around the other kids & the horses. Both of our girls are very competitive with the Lucky Star Equine Horse Show Team and they love it! Riding horses at Lucky Star is always the highlight of our week!
Lucky Star Equine Management & Training, LLC
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