A certified western riding instructor from Paulden has expanded her equestrian ranch by offering riding lessons and events such as barrel racing.
Shawnah Knittle walks her registered Paint mare, Plenty of Color, to the horse corral at the Firehorse Tack & Arena in Paulden, where she gives riding lessons, and provides clinics and horse boarding.
"I spent years becoming a champion in different (equestrian) fields," said Shawnah Knittle, owner of Firehorse Tack & Arena. "Now, I am ready to teach what I have learned. You need to show your credibility before you teach it."
Firehorse, located on 16 acres on Verde Ranch Road, currently boards nine horses and has room for six more, Knittle said. Customers boarding their horses may take riding classes on location.
The ranch has a 135-by-300-foot arena, 75-foot round corral, 32-by-32-foot pen, a pipe-panel fence, sand-dirt footing, a trail-class obstacle course and six-horse hot walker.
Knittle offers training for beginning riders, new horse owners and experienced riders seeking the challenge of a new event or more fun with horses.
"I cater more toward adult riders 40-plus year old," Knittle said. "Baby boomers are taking up horseback riding."
Knittle, 37, said she has spent most of her adulthood training and working with horses. She grew up on a ranch in Missouri, and studied equine science and horse training at Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center in Waverly, W.Va.
For more information, call Firehorse at 636-8632 or 636-7535, or log on to the Web site www.saddle-fitting.net.
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