Lakeville, MN (PRWEB) January 8, 2010
While most children use their imaginations to fabricate an invisible friend – someone to share their many adventures and explorations, whether real or imaginary – Cathy Barrea envisioned her imaginative companion a bit differently. He had four legs and a tail; and was an imaginary horse.
From the age of three, Barrea knew she was destined to, one day, own horses. Her passion for these majestic creatures was more than an admiration; it was a necessity – a way of life. On her 10th birthday Barrea’s wish came true, much to her delight, when Barrea’s aunt gave her a real horse (her first) and she has since never been without one.
In 2005 Barrea transformed her dedication to horses into a business with the development of Wyndem Rose Stables, which later became home to the Gymnastics for Horses program she developed. These courses provide gymnastics training for horses and their riders and are designed to deliver a strong foundation for competitive jumping.
In 2009 Barrea formulated an online counterpart to her business with the launch of http://www.GymnasticsForHorses.com. Here, riders and horse enthusiasts alike can learn about the cost-effective alternative her program provides to that of hiring a physical horse trainer, which can cost up to $ 6,000 a year, while also outlining the details of the curriculum, which promotes a natural progression with the horse by completing 24 courses in a year.
In partnership with her daughter, Rachel Ann, Barrea has spent five years condensing her lessons into a format anyone could understand – with or without a trainer. At Wyndem Rose Stables, she trains about 50 students each week in basis equestrian, hunter and jumper classes and dressage. Her course provides students with easy-to-follow instructional videos, diagrams and written instructions to set up their gymnastics course on their own every two weeks. The courses progress throughout the year to keep the horse and rider moving forward, trying new things and establishing – or reestablishing – the partnership between them.
Additionally, Barrea’s Gymnastics for Horses program is conducted in a 31,000+-sqaure-foot facility (Wyndem Rose Stables) located in Webster, MN, which houses more than 50 horses, includes outdoor and heated indoor rings, offers hunter/jumper courses and provides basic equitation and dressage classes for all ages and skill levels.
Barrea insists that experiencing the bond between a horse and rider should be an opportunity for all, not just for those who can afford a trainer. Riding is my therapy, she says.
To learn more about the affordable and self-challenging programs available at Wyndem Rose Stables, interested parties are encouraged to visit the Web site’s newly implemented blog, http://www.HorseExerciseReview.com. This interactive tool will also be used, by Barrea, to provide information about her many accomplishments in riding and training in addition to establishing a platform that welcomes questions.
“There’s no better feeling than that perfect ride,” she said, “Where your horse knows exactly what you’re thinking and how you’re going to react. Using Gymnastics for Horses is a great way to build, maintain or restore that bond.”
About the Company:
Wyndem Rose Stables and GymnasticsForHorses.com are owned and operated by Cathy Barrea, who holds a world title in working cow horse and reserve world in reining. In 1978, she won the American Horse Shows Association Stock Seat Medal. Barrea is also a member of several equestrian-focused organizations: the USEF, the USHJA, the MHJA and the AQHA.
Rachel Ann Barrea helped her mother, Cathy Barrea, in the development of Gymnastics for Horses. She has trained with some of the best in the field and has won numerous championships and awards, including the 2008/2009 Champion MHJA Junior Jumper Champion and the 2007 United States Hunter Jumper Association Champion in Children’s Jumper.
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