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"Sara is awesome. Her teaching methods are straightforward and bring out the best of all the riders." Warren Martin

Sara Krause-Whyte

Western / Gymkhana

Sara has more than 20 years of experience instructing children and adults. Sara has instructed more than 500 students in a safe and fun learning environment. She holds a CHA Level 2 certification in both English and Western disciplines, is CPR, First Aid and AED certified by the American Red Cross and holds an AA in Liberal Arts and General Studies as well as a BS in Behavioral Sciences.

Whether you want to show or trail ride or do gymkhana, obstacle courses or flatwork or learn basic equitation and pleasure, Sara can guide you every step of the way. Every lesson is tailored to fit the rider's needs overall goal. In addition, all lessons are taught on quality, safe and experienced lesson horses and ponies, and riders are matched with a mount best suited to their skills to keep them progressing.

During lessons, riders not only learn the fundamentals of riding but also proper care of the horse, how to tack and un-tack the horse safely and basic horsemanship--all important skills if one would like to own their own horse one day.

Sara is available for lessons Monday - Thursday afternoons.

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Vicki Schuman

Hunter / Jumper / Western

Vicki Schuman joined SHEC with her horse Grande to help expand the already successful lesson program provided by Sara Krause-Whyte.

Vicki brings more than 50 years of experience in the areas of hunter/jumper and western pleasure horsemanship. She holds an AA double major degree in Liberal Arts and Equitation from Southern Seminary junior College, a BS in Health Care management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an MA in Education from Central Michigan University. She also attended Waterstock Training Centre in Oxfordshire, England to further expand her equine studies. She is very excited to be here!

Vick is available for lessons on weekends only.

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"My daughter has been riding here for two years. Erin is her coach and is such a nice person and a wonderful coach."Teresa Bennett

Erin Martinez

Western / English / Hunter / Jumper

Erin has more than 19 years experience riding and working with horses. She rode and showed in hunters for the first 10 years of her riding career, then picked up Western all-around and started training with Sara Krause-Whyte.

Erin most recently spent three years training the draft horses and employees at Disneyland in driving, riding, groundwork, special events and parades. Erin holds her B.S. in Agribusiness Management, with an emphasis in Equine Industries, from Cal Poly Pomona. She is excited to share her passion of riding and horses with her students.

Erin is available for lessons Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.


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Melissa Arfield

Hunter / Jumper / Western

Melissa has more than 25 years of experience working horses, showing, teaching summer camps and teaching lessons. Her passion for horses runs in her family as her grandmother and aunt were 4H leaders. Melissa rode competitively in the hunter and jumper ring until her early 20s in New York and then picked up Western riding when she moved to California. Melissa enjoys watching her students grow with each lesson and is excited to share her knowledge and passion for horses.


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Natalie Muhaw

Hunter / Jumper / Western

Natalie has had a lifelong love and passion for all things equine. In her childhood living in Pennsylvania, she began riding primarily English hunter/jumper at a riding school where she also volunteered with caring for the horses, taking out trail rides and assisting with teaching beginner camps and groups.

In early adulthood, after moving to Georgia, Natalie began working for a barn that specialized in all-around riding events commonly competing in the IBHA and ABRA. There she was able to develop her Western riding skills and was introduced to trail class competition. Natalie worked there for many years teaching, as well as training and schooling young horses.

Natalie looks forward to sharing her knowledge, experience and love of horses with a new group of equine enthusiasts at SHEC.

Natalie is available for lessons on Monday, Tuesday & Friday afternoons.

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Tamson Greenwood

Western / Horsemanship

Tamson has more than 10 years of experience in riding and working with horses. She has trained and competed and currently owns a BLM Mustang that she trained as well as a young filly. She jumped at the chance to teach at Sundance as it's been a favorite equestrian home to Tamson. She enjoys coaching and teaching in ways that inspires students to learn in a safe and fun environment both on the ground (through ground work) and in the saddle. While she rides both English and Western her teaching focuses on Western disciplines. When not at Sundance, Tamson can be found geeking out on Marvel and Star Trek entertainment and pursuing a degree in Art and Animation at Palomar College.

Tamson is available for lessons Monday through Friday.