Karen Cheeke, Oregon, U.S.A.
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
Wild Plum Sporthorses
Karen about Connected Riding
I have spent most of my life working with horses and since 1993, I have been teaching riding. I was introduced to Connected Ground Work and Riding in 2009 and met Peggy in March of 2010. I was impressed by Peggy’s biomechanically correct system of developing better posture in both horses and riders. This work has filled in the missing pieces for my students and me.
Dressage is my passion and the focus of my riding, training, and teaching. To me, dressage is basic training for all horses and riders. It is a major part of what I do to improve my horses’ fitness and rideability. Connected Ground Work and Riding transform the discipline of dressage for me because dressage exercises done in connection flow easily and feel and look correct and beautiful.
What Karen's Program Offers
Connected Ground Work and Riding for all disciplines, ages, and levels with an emphasis on safety and building confidence in both riders and horses. Having fun while working towards your goals. School horses available for children, beginners, and more advanced riders. School horses are maintained with regular body work, and Connected groundwork. They are being trained with Connected Riding up the dressage levels. Starting young horses and retraining at my farm or yours.
Opportunities available for working students part or full time. Room and board available for out of state or international working students. Structured learning may be eligible for college credits.
Large outdoor all weather sand and rubber arena and small covered arena. Graveled tracks around property. Short 15 minute haul to mountain trails.
We host Peggy and her advanced instructors at Wild Plum Farm, and other farms in the local area, several times per year for additional educational opportunities.
Connected Riding Teaching Preferences
One on one and small group lessons, clinic days, group lectures/demonstrations, and assisting at horse expos. Will travel internationally.
Connected Riding Practitioner 1
Oregon State University Certified Riding Coach
Oregon State University Equine Studies
Active member, Oregon Dressage Society
USDF Bronze Medalist 2016, Participating Member, USDF, Member, USEF