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Inspiring Conversations with Rebecca Sheriff of Sheriff Horsemanship

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Sheriff.

Hi Rebecca, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Sheriff Horsemanship started because of my passion for horsemanship and teaching. I have always loved horses and everything about the equestrian lifestyle – managing barns, riding, training horses, exploring the West on horseback, etc.

After I attended graduate school through Wheaton College at HoneyRock in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I knew I wanted to combine my love of teaching with my love of horses. I officially launched Sheriff Horsemanship in the fall of 2021, but the idea had been building since I was an undergraduate student in Pennsylvania.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Honestly, it was pretty smooth! So many of the foundational pieces were already in place. I had the knowledge of horses, I understood how to share them with people, and I was blessed with incredible mentors along the way. The most challenging pieces are the high cost of managing horses in Colorado and balancing my small business with my other work.

I’m lucky to have a waiting list of interested students – now to just fit them into a schedule! Finding a facility to be based on was intimidating, but that was orchestrated and sorted out as well. I’m grateful to be based out of 51:10 Ranch in Nathrop, just a short distance from my home.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Sheriff Horsemanship exists to share the world of horsemanship with others. Whether it be adults getting back into the saddle, kids coming for their horseback experience, or teaching clinics and classes, I love exposing people to horses in an experiential, safe, and exciting manner. Horses and the opportunities that came alongside spending time with them changed my life from a very young age, and I am passionate about facilitating that experience for others.

One of my most exciting accomplishments has been teaching my mule, Sophie, how to drive and pull a cart. She’s a quick learner and it’s a fun new way to partner with an equine. We’re also dabbling in skijoring, which has been very exciting! Sheriff Horsemanship provides horseback riding lessons, horse training, clinics, classes, trail shows, and more to the central mountain towns of Leadville, Buena Vista, and Salida.

We all have different ways of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for me is defined by providing a safe, fun, educational environment for people and equine. Whether it’s helping a horse sort through an issue or fear or teaching a child how to ride a trot for the first time, my priorities of safety, learning, and fun dictate my success. Sheriff Horsemanship isn’t about the number of people in the saddle or the number of horses in the barn – it’s about positively influencing lives through horsemanship.

Pricing:

  • Single riding lesson – $60
  • Horsemanship class – starts at $240
  • Package of 8 riding lessons – $450

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Image Credits
Wesley Grim, Anna Toll, and Betsy Oda

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