Advanced riders are encouraged to schedule a lessons with one of our approved professional riding instructors.
Irish Run invites approved professional riding instructors to teach lessons on site and is used by the Irish Run Pony Club Riding Center for riding classes. These classes are based on the standards of proficiency of the United States Pony Clubs which educate students about horse management and safety as well as riding. See below for the current list of approved trainers and contact information. For more information about Pony Club and riding classes, click here. If you are or know of an instructor who would be a good fit to teach at the barn, please contact Daniela or Virginia.
|Melinda Baszczynski is originally from Toronto, Ontario Canada. She began riding horses at age 7, started exercise riding as a teenager, and teaching beginner lessons at age 16. Melinda continued to teach riding lessons while attending the University of Minnesota, Crookston, taking part in the equine science/business management program. Melinda rode on the college equestrian team before graduating with a Bachelor's degree in equine science. Since graduation, she has worked at Valley Park stables, as well as spending the last three years managing Hunters Glen Farms. Melinda currently owns seven horses, two of which will reside at Irish Run; Arnee, an aged chestnut quarter|
|Sue Hughes started riding horses at the young age of four and fell in love them. While her main discipline has always been in the hunter ring she had studied many forms of riding. Sue started in the Pony Club, and from there has ridden dressage, reining, western pleasure, hunters and jumpers. She has also fox hunted and excels in her knowledge of horsemanship. Sue started her teaching and horse training career in 2000. Sue's goal in teaching riding lessons is to create a well rounded rider/horseman emphasizing solid horsemanship. |
|Mikayla Seiler began riding at the age of eight, although she begged for lessons from the time she could talk. Mikayla has worked as an exercise rider and stable hand for several years, before starting to teach lessons in 2015. While Mikayla has always loved the jumper ring, she has received some training for Saddleseat, Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, and Reining. Mikayla has also been a part of the Iowa 4H club. She is currently working with IRF trainer, Melinda to further her knowledge in the hunter/jumper discipline.|
|Camie Stockhausen Is a United States Eventing Association-Certified Instructor who teaches dressage, jumping techniques for eventing and foxhunting, and skills for riding outside the ring at Irish Run on Friday afternoons and evenings. She has competed to the preliminary level in eventing, and ridden five times at the American Eventing Championships at the level. She has earned her foxhunting colors and belongs to North Hills Hunt. Her simple, straightforward teaching style encourages riders to gently stretch their comfort zones, with a focus on techniques for better communication with horses. More information about her can be found on her website, camstock.net. If you wish to join the email list with information regarding when she will be at Irish run, please send her an email.|