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Trainer’s Edition; Cedar Ridge Equine- Amy Pretcher

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I’m Amy Prechter and I am the owner of Cedar Ridge Equine in Bozeman, MT. My equine program includes training horses and riders of all ages and a variety of disciplines. I grew up showing with horses. My family raised, trained and competed with Morgans. I grew up riding in hunter seat/western equitation/dressage/ and pleasure driving. I was fortunate to live about twenty minutes up the road from one of my mentors Eitan Beth-Halachmy (founder of Cowboy Dressage), I spent many hours in the saddle taking lessons from him and eventually worked for him in my high school years. I qualified for the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Hunt Seat Equitation Gold Medal finals in both 2002, 2003, and finished in the top 10 in 2005. In 2009 I qualified for the AMHA Dressage Seat Gold Medal Finals and finished in top ten in 6th place. It was in high school that I met another one of my mentors Sue VanGalder of Kissing S Equine. I actively compete in barrel racing and Cowboy Dressage events.. One of my highlights in barrel racing was winning the UBRC 2D year end national championship. I also enjoy competing in Cowboy Dressage, this past year I finished 3rd on a clients horse, in the Cowboy Dressage ‘Riding for the Brand’ competition.

Our Philosophy

I started offering training/lessons to the public when I was 16 years old. I took on a lot of beginner youth riders and project horses for training. I found that I had most success with training horses when I also included the owners of these horses in their training process, it is important they know how to work with their horses, while it was in training with me, so that way when they get home they would be more successful, this is something I’ve always maintained in my training program, that the owner must take lessons with their horse with me as well, when their horse in training. In 2005, I started offering a weeklong beginner rider summer day camp for youth at my parents facility in California and little did I know that this program would become one of the biggest components of my program that has been offered every summer since then. When I moved to Bozeman in 2009 to finish a bachelor’s degree at Montana State University. I currently offer summer camp programs at our Bozeman facility. We now offer a variety of lessons throughout the year, as well as a variety of summer camps and clinics for all ages. My husband and I have I have incorporated a small quarter horse breeding operation (JA Performance horses) at our facility.

Amy’s Mindset

The thing I enjoy most about training students and horses are the ‘light bulb’ moments, it is so rewarding to see horse and rider come together. I am accepting a limited number of new students. Camp/clinic registrations are open on a first come first serve basis. I am primarily training my own horses now, but occasionally take in training horses when time allows.

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Location: Bozeman, MT

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