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“What a stunning experience! Not a single other house is visible - it's just you and the mountains.” - Jenna, Chicago, Ill.

May 18, 2016

Ride With Us

Erik's Equestrian Center

Welcome to Erik’s Equestrian Center Summer Camps! With our engaging, experienced and dynamic co-directors with over 40 years’ combined experience and nine friendly and docile therapy horses at the helm, you’ll not only learn horsemanship basics including safety, tack repair and how to properly care for a horse, but also lunging and how to drive a pony cart. Whether you’re sitting in the saddle for the first time, or an experienced rider wishing to further develop and enhance your riding technique, Erik’s Equestrian Center is the place for you where you will build confidence, self-esteem and create lasting friendships and memories!

Why Horseback Riding: Horseback riding offers a vast amount of benefits, both physical and mental, but it also provides real-world applications that you can incorporate into your daily practice.

Physical Attributes: Horseback riding builds core strength, increases muscle tone and flexibility as well as body and spatial awareness, fosters balance and coordination and greatly reduces muscle spasticity.

Mental Attributes: A deep bond is often formed between the rider and their horse. Not only is horseback riding relaxing and calming, but a horse is a quiet friend who doesn’t judge; a true kindred spirit. In this sense trust, confidence, communication and self-esteem rise.

Real-World Application: Horseback riding builds character, develops and enhances leadership skills, fosters communication between horse and human, cultivates problem-solving skills, increases understanding and empathy, promotes discipline and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of increased confidence, self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Additionally, horseback riding is a viable sport and can lead to future college scholarships and careers including veterinary, hospitality at a dude ranch, a horse artist, photographer or writer, a horse show manager, an equine dentist, a rodeo cowboy, a jump designer, a show judge, an equine massage therapist, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Our Trainers: With more than 40 years’ combined experience, our qualified trainers, Sophia Nordberg and Brandon Pribula, bring extensive riding and training knowledge as well as their passion for helping children, including those with special needs, further develop and enhance their riding skills. Sophia spent eight years in saddle seat competitions, two and a half years jumping and is also experienced in Western riding. Brandon calls on his experience in Western riding disciplines such as reining, as well as English techniques such as dressage to teach his students. Both are co-directors of the riding programs at Erik’s Equestrian center.Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 11.22.25 AM