Karen Cheeke About Connected Riding
I have more than 40 years of experience with horses and teaching riding. When I was introduced to Connected Ground Work and Riding in 2009, I was impressed by Peggy’s biomechanically correct system of developing better posture in both horses and riders. This work has enriched me, the horses, and the people I work with.
Dressage is my passion and the focus of my riding, training, and teaching. I believe dressage is basic training for all horses and riders regardless of discipline. I use dressage to improve my horses’ fitness and ride-ability. Connected Ground Work and Riding transform the discipline of dressage for me because dressage exercises done in connection flow easily and help to maintain a healthy, happy horse.
What My Connected Riding® Program Offers
Karen offers Connected Ground Work and Riding lessons and training of horses used in all disciplines. School horses may be available. Her program has an emphasis on safety and building confidence in both riders and horses while having fun working towards goals. The horses in Karen’s program are maintained with regular body work and Connected Groundwork. They are being trained with Connected Riding in dressage, working equitation, jumping, trail riding, and more.
Opportunities are available for part-time 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.
Private, semi-private, and group lessons offered most days of the week. Themed clinic days, group lectures, and demonstrations are available at Karen’s farm or yours. Will travel nationally and internationally to offer SCR courses and clinics.
Mentoring in person as well as virtually available. Consistent support and guidance in development of horse and rider. Good basics and building confidence are key to a fulfilling partnership with your horse. Learn to bring out the best in your horse and yourself.
- Connected Riding Instructor II
- Oregon State University Certified Riding Coach
- Oregon State University Equine Studies
- Equine Self Expression Level II
- Animal Frequency Balancing Level II
- Certified Whole Horse Hoof Care
- Active member of Oregon Dressage Society, USDF and USEF
- USDF Bronze Medalist with Bronze Musical Freestyle
- Intermediate B Level in United States Working Equitation