ALMOST HEAVEN HORSE SOURCE
Almost Heaven Horse Source is a small, values-oriented business bringing personalized results on a large scale. Here, relationships “rein!” The relationships among you, your horse, and us are paramount. We promise to do everything in our power to maintain trust, integrity and satisfaction. We work with you and your horse to create clear, progressive goals, and detail a plan to help you achieve them. Furthermore, these relationships remain in place after you and your horse return home. In the future, if there is anything we can do for you, just ask!
Our trainer and instructor is Kirsten Lee, a successful riding instructor, judge, and horse trainer since 1986.
Her credentials include:
* Certified through the American Riding Instructors Association in Dressage and Combined Training
* United States Pony Club Graduate “A”
Kirsten was manager and head instructor of Sommersett Equestrian Center in CT until its sale, and has freelanced extensively from New England to Florida, and out to the Midwest. She was the coach for the Yale University Intercollegiate Equestrian Team (Hunter Seat Equitation). She was a founder and Equine Director of the Stepping Stones Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc. Kirsten and her students have competed successfully on a regional and national level in Dressage, Combined Training, Hunt Seat, and Polocrosse. Interested in breaking the monotony with something new? Kirsten has years of experience with drill teams, musical freestyles, medieval-style games, equestrian vaulting, and horse-show planning and management. We can design a creative, custom clinic just for you!
Kirsten is a United States Pony Club Graduate “A,” and remains active in the organization as a clinician, horse management instructor, judge and examiner. In addition, she was instrumental in introducing the new, nationally-recognized sport of Polocrosse to countless northeastern riders, both Pony Clubbers and adults.
Kirsten’s versatility comes through her holistic approach blending Natural Horsemanship, Classical training principles, human and equine psychology and biomechanics. When appropriate, use of clicker training further accelerates learning. With this powerful and harmonious fusion, Kirsten is able to pinpoint and solve training challenges, tailoring the solution to the individual horse and rider regardless of their experience, discipline or learning style.
Kirsten continually improves her own skills and expands her knowledge. She credits her effectiveness to her teachers and mentors, both horse and human, from Olympians to Cowboys; and to God, in whom all things are possible.