Cindy has loved horses all of her life. She started riding as a child, with no formal lessons until her late teens. She decided to make the leap and start her own small stable in upstate New York in her early 20s and has never left. She has now been teaching horseback riding for 25 years.
Cindy focuses on the physical and mental balance of introducing horses into people’s lives. She believes that riding is the bonus of having a horse – people need to prioritize having a partnership with their horse. Cindy believes in small, attainable goals to achieve a true partnership in riding.
Neal has been teaching horseback riding for over 30 years. He has formerly managed multiple public riding stables for a combined 20 years. Neal taught a trail riding course at SUNY New Paltz as well as a therapeutic trail riding through BOCES.
An avid trail rider and competitive barrel racer, Neal has been champion at the Ulster County Fair Gymkhana multiple times and has successfully competed at other regional association competitions.
Neal has been buying and selling horses for over 20 years. He has formed solid relationships up and down the east coast to assist you in finding the best match.
Abby has over 25 years of experience with horses, both riding and showing. She has competed and trained in English pleasure, Western pleasure, hunters, jumpers, gymkhanas, trail classes, and driving. She has also competed with the Appaloosa Horse Club for 5 years.
Abby has her CHA certification and a degree in equine studies. She has over 12 years of experience in breaking, training, and finishing young horses. She has been teaching lessons for 9 years, from beginners to advanced riders.
Derek has been riding ever since he was old enough to balance in a saddle. His formal training began with reining and western pleasure before he found his niche in barrel racing and gymkhana. Derek trained with Ozzie Morris and competes in several gymkhana and barrel racing series throughout the year.
Derek shares his knowledge with his students and enjoys taking them to shows. He has a hands-on approach and rides with students. His main goal is establishing teamwork between a student and their horse, as well as with the members of Ridgeview Stables Gymkana Team.
Derek also works the farm in multiple capacities. He is well versed in horse care as well as maintaining anything with an engine. He holds many certifications through EETC for mechanical specialties.