Amy Star

Amy Star

Amy Star

Amy Star grew up in Tucson AZ, riding through the desert like a wild child. She began Her horsemanship journey at the age of four with lessons, progressing to her own horse at 10 with a ravenous hunger to learn all she could about horses. The joy of riding and feeling true partnership with her horses has always been a great motivator to learn more. Amy earned a Bachelors of Equine Science and traveled to Europe to train western equitation and reining in 1992. While in Europe she was introduced to the Lusitano horse and the Portuguese riding traditions, it was very enlightening, and it was her introduction to Working Equitation.
Accomplishments:
  • 2009 - began several collaborations to develop the sport of working equitation in the USA
  • 2010 - IALHA National Reserve Champion Working Equitation Rider
  • 2011 - IALHA National Champion Working Equitation Rider
  • 2012 - 3 horses place in the top three
  • 2018 - Silver Medalist in Brazil at the International Invitational Working Equitation competition, and her team won the Silver Medal in the team competition.
Amy has found working equitation to be very challenging and rewarding as a horseman. She hopes to inspire equestrians to enjoy their own horsemanship journeys. Amy has been involved in all organizations throughout the development in the sport and still serves on the USAWE National Rules Committee and holds an "R" Judges Card and a Technical Delegate Card.
Amy Star

Amy Star will be speaking on 2 different levels of rider over the weekend. 

Introduction to Working Equitation for levels 1 and 2.   The first day will be a focus on the dressage trial.  I will speak on what the judge is looking for and how the dressage portion of Working Equitation is the foundation for the sport.   We will discuss elements of the level 1 and level 2 tests and discuss strategies for competition.   The second day we will be speaking on obstacles for the precision and  fluidity of the Ease of Handling trial.  We will discuss the correct aids and balance needed in the obstacles. 

Working Equitation Trainers – This series is for Riders/Trainers of the upper levels 4,5 and 6 of working equitation.   The first day we will discuss dressage and practice and discuss some of the more challenging elements of the upper level dressage tests.  I will discuss exercises that help our horses learn and prepare for the obstacles.  On the second day we will discuss obstacles and apply our dressage foundation to the obstacles,  we will discuss some exercises that can be used with all levels to help riders correctly perform the obstacles.   We will also visit some different methods of  introducing the obstacles.  On the third day we will connect our obstacles with strategies for navigation to show our horses to their best advantage.   Lastly we will touch on how to best negotiate the speed round in a positive and professional manner.  

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