Amy McCaffrey, owner and trainer, not only has many years of experience with horses, and she also practiced law at one point in her history, but left this to pursue happier endeavors. This provides her a unique perspective, especially with regard to safety and logical explanation. Trained in classic Hunter Jumper Equitation, Amy began riding hunt seat at a young age and showing locally in the late 1970s and into the '80s and beyond. She greatly enjoys passing on her horsemanship knowledge to children and adults alike, especially when she is able to witness those "a-ha" moments of progress. She enjoys continuing her education and does not only focus on hunter jumper equitation anymore, though it is the foundation of her instruction philosophy.
One of Amy's passions is to adopt and train retired Thoroughbred race horses, as well as mustangs, to help guide them into new lives. In addition to spending time with family, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and reading, if her schedule allows.
With a technical eye, Amy strives for exceptional form as it pushes the rider to achieve discipline, proper position, and effective and independent communication and clarity of aids with the horse. This way of horsemanship creates and encourages a balanced seat applicable to any style of riding. She also teaches horsemanship, emphasizing fairness to the horse, which includes horse care, groundwork, visits to local mountain trail courses, and lower level eventing.
Amy is an assistant administrator of a local Pony Club Riding Center. Her beliefs that opportunities to compete, travel away for schooling, attend clinic and shows, and test within Pony Club are key to pushing ourselves forward and exposing our horses to as many varied environments as possible.
Beginning her formal equitation lessons in Oregon almost 40 years ago with Vicki Shaddox (Wenzel), Amy showed on a variety of breeds of horses in the local system. Later, she rode with Teri Emrich at Covey Wood; started her first OTTB at the age of 18; went into training with Grace Karnes at Sunset Stables, who focused much of her program on Thoroughbreds. More recently she trained with Carolyn Goin, and then Connie Tuor. She will tell you herself that she greatly enjoys the challenges and feelings of accomplishment of working with green horses and riders and welcomes all skill levels of riders and horses to help them grow and achieve their goals. Her teaching style is communicative, funny, and energetic which her students enjoy - except when lessons involve dropping their stirrups.