Still, many people make it work. What’s their secret?
We sat down with two veteran trainers and instructors
who have successfully taught family members. Here,
they share their words of wisdom.
Ken Smith learned to ride from his parents while
growing up in upstate New York and never stopped.
In the early 1990s, he founded Ashland Farms in
Wellington, Fla., with his wife Emily. Together with
their son and daughter, the family is a fixture on the
hunter/jumper show circuit, training everything from
ponies to Grand Prix horses.
In the western world, Niki DeLancey grew up
riding horses on a ranch in Colorado and opened
DeLancey Stables in Laramie, Wyo., with her late
husband in 1989. Since then, she’s been training
Two veteran instructors
share their strategies
kids to ride.
» BY MICAELA MYERS
It’s an age-old problem. Horse people often
have the knowledge to teach friends and loved
ones how to ride, but the relationships—
including back-talk from children and egos
from significant others—can make it difficult.