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Guest Instructor Program

Circle Star Arena is happy to announce the Guest Instructor Program.   There are many instructors who have devoted their lives to learning and perfecting their particular disciplines. I want to offer to you the opportunity to school with them. You are truly never too old to learn and neither are your horses. I want you all to find a passion and follow it working with your horses.

To those who might be interested in becoming a quest instructor please contact me at 720 335-4147. We will see if the Circle Star can accommodate your clinic. All guest instructors must carry their own liability insurance.

URSULA OLSON

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Ursula has devoted her life to the world of Gymkhana. Her daughters started in Little Britches as youngsters and she and her husband Gene, have hauled all over the country letting the girls follow their dream. And follow them they did all the way from 4-H to the World National Little Britches and High School Finals.   She currently competes in Barrels and Poles and Team Roping. She has graciously agreed to share her knowledge with students who want to learn the discipline at the Circle Star. She teaches the science before the speed. I’ve enjoyed learning from her and I know you will also. Look for dates and descriptions on the Calendar.

KRISTI PLUTT

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Kristi has helped people and their horses with her brand of horsemanship and trail clinics, trailer loading and much more. She has perfected her skills and worked with some of the best trainers. Kristi is so good with horses that I trust her with mine. I recommend Kristi to my clients when I think they need more fine tuning on their horses than the rider can give. Look for posted clinics descriptions and dates. You can contact Kristi @ 303 506-9934 / kristiplutt @ gmail.com / www.lamedogranch.com

CHRIS STANKO

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Chris has been riding and working with horses for 55 years. She has been teaching and training for 35 years. Horses have always been her passion. She has ridden just about every discipline, from Dressage to Barrel Racing. Chris was an Equitation Rider as a child. Throughout the years Chris has ridden with some of the Great Clinicians in Natural horsemanship, Western, English, Classical Dressage and Eventing. The Partnership with the horse is the most important thing to her. It doesn’t matter what tack you use. But it does matter how tactful you can be with your horse.

Working Equitation is a new sport in the US. It has been around in other parts of the world for a long time. Chris was first introduced to Working Equitation in 2007. She loves the precision and the excitement in the sport. Chris says it takes a strong partnership with horse and rider to do it with fineness and grace. Working Equitation is about calmness and willingness in both horse and rider. There are 4 phases of Working Equitation, functionality or dressage, precision obstacles, speed obstacles and cow working. The key to Working Equitation is a solid foundation. Your flat work or dressage work is where it begins. There are many exercises with and without obstacles the supple and strengthen your horse. When your flat work feels like you are dancing with your partner, well the rest comes easy.

Come learn the feel and dance with your horse. Chris teaches Working Equitation, Western Dressage (TTT graduate) and horsemanship both in the saddle and on the ground.

Lessons- play days and clinics available

Contact Chris at 970-846-6129 or 1christanko@gmail.com

KEITH JACOBSON

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Keith Jacobson has been actively involved with horses most of his life. He has been known in Northern Colorado for nearly twenty years through his involvement on the boards of the Larimer County Horsemen’s Association, the Continental Divide Morgan Horse Club, The Mountain States Morgan Club and most recently with his involvement in creating High Country Working Equitation. He has written for “The American Cowboy magazine and is the editor and owner of the on-line magazine Working Equitation Today (www.WorkingEquitation.Today )

Keith has been involved in Ranch Horse Versatility, Team Sorting, Western Dressage and Working Equitation as well as actively riding the trails along the Front Range and the high country.   He has been a guest on several large private ranches in Colorado and Northern New Mexico for gatherings and cattle drives. He has been offering cattle handling clinics in the Berthoud area since 2003 and has been a guest clinician frequently as well. His personal philosophy with respect to cattle work is that you “treat the cattle like you own them and as though your income depends on their well-being”. This means that your experience at Circle Star Equestrian Center will be one where safety, quality horsemanship and purposeful control of the cattle are the primary objective. Keith has introduced many riders and their horses to cattle work over the years in a patient and understanding way. We believe you will enjoy our clinics whether you have yet to follow a cow, or have ridden on cattle frequently.

You can contact Keith at keithjacobson335@yahoo.com 1 303 828-4565