As a child, all I can remember asking for at every holiday and birthday was for a horse of my own. When I was 8 years old, I began taking riding lessons in New Jersey. My dreams were beginning. At age 14, I got my first horse! My dreams were coming true! I continued on to Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ and graduated with a B.S. Equine Science with an emphasis in teaching and training. My dream had turned into my career! HOW LUCKY I AM!
I own and operate Rocky Mountain Riding Academy which has been in business since 2000. I am proud to have coached multiple riders in the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association to many of the following championships and year-end awards: 2001 CHJA Adult Hunter Champion, 2005 CO Roberts Medal 2nd Place Winner, 2005 Columbine Jr. Medal 2nd Place Winner, 2007 Columbine Jr. Medal Winner, 2007 Short Stirrup and 11 and under Equitation Champion, 2008 CHJA Jr. Hunter 3rd Place Year End Award Winner, 2009 CHJA Jr. Equitation Champion and CHJA Jr. Hunter Res. Champion, 2011 Short Stirrup and 11 and under Equitation Champion and many more.
I am passionate about teaching riders strong basics and safe horsemanship skills. My lesson program caters to riders of all ages and skill levels. I believe my talent in teaching riding not only develops a strong, confident horse person, but also offers a safe and fun learning environment!
Barri has been riding and competing on the A rated hunter/jumper circuit since the age of 7. Starting in the pony ring, Barri has worked her way up to compete against top level jumpers. She has traveled across the country to venues such as: The Hampton Classic, Thermal, Del Mar, and The Oaks in California, Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida and The Colorado Horse Park. She enjoys teaching young children, juniors, and adults. Barri is an extremely enthusiastic coach and a dedicated rider. Her students always leave the ring with a smile. She enjoys passing her extensive horsemanship knowledge onto her students.