Heidi Martin
I started my riding career at Waredaca. When I was 8 years old, my girl scout troop came to the farm to camp and do a trail ride. I loved it. I took riding lessons for 4 years and then got my first horse. Smokie was a green horse with a little training and a tendency to be spooky. We went through many trials and tribulations. At one point in time, I even considered selling him because he was so difficult. I persevered and went on to compete him in novice horse trials and school him training level. He later became a beloved school horse who still was a bit of a rascal. Once I had reached the limit of what Smokie could do, I purchased a horse named Calvin. He was a very good jumper and gave me great confidence and experiences. He competed in the Novice level championships and was schooled through the preliminary level in eventing. I have been blessed to ride many wonderful horses and ride with the great Waredaca instructors as well as the Olympic level clinicians that frequently give lessons at Waredaca. When I was camp counselor at Waredaca, I discovered my love of teaching riding. I found I could empathize and encourage the beginning riders. I enjoyed helping the more experienced riders be successful and confident riding a variety of horses each with their unique challenges. I continue to learn from my students and the wonderful horses they ride. I try to draw from all disciplines of riding to keep lessons fresh and fun. I have coached riders at both local and rated horse shows, horse trials, 4-H and dressage shows. Teaching riding is definitely my favorite thing to do.