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We’ve been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood in sweltering/ freezing arenas, capturing lifelong memories of lessons, camps and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One former student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here. We’re also grateful for photos of Western riding donated by LLPro instructors – particularly Bit of Pleasure Horse School and Joyful Hearts Photography!

You’ll find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials graciously donated by our friend Rhonda Hagy. Evan Surrusco contributes additional illustrations and handles most of our photo processing. Contact us for information about their work.

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Why Boss Mares?

For years, we used “Boss Mares” as an affectionate term for all the human herd leaders at our barn. This expanded to include many wonderful adult students, and we made lifelong friends through our Boss Mares clinics, lessons, and HorseSense classes.

Even though recent research has shown that horses have a flexible leadership dynamic in their herds, we still think the name is a pretty good metaphor for riding instructors … of any gender!