Seeking sound solutions through ethical practice
Currently Shelbie spends the summer teaching and enjoying Alaska. Her winters are spent in North Central Florida with Mikaila Herold of Whole Horse Equitation. They team up to put on educational classes on subjects such as operant conditioning, and demonstrations of different work with horses.
Shelbie's has dedicated her life to learn integrative approaches that honor how horses think, learn, and feel. She aims to bring patient, kind work for the horse and aid the rider to understand their horses through their feel and intention, bringing better unification between them. This desire to understand the entire picture has led Shelbie to study both Classical Masters and Integrative Bodywork.
Her curiosity drives her to find creative ways to design patient, kind programs for the horse which unify horse and rider. She appreciates that no two rider and horse combinations are the same, and uses these integrative modalities to bring a unique approach to each individual pair.
Shelbie's first exposure to classical riding was in Mexico, when at the age of 9 she has a lesson with Francisco J Barrena (a student of Nuno Olivera). That lesson stuck with her for years to come.
Shelbie has completed all levels through the Certified Horsmen of America by the time she was 15.
Completed the H-B certification in Pony Club and became a national youth Alumni from Alaska while competing in the jumping and dressage ring.
She had the priveledge of eventing with Jim Briggs and Rose Howe during summers that they would come up and teach. Though she grew up in Alaska, during and after high school Shelbie began traveling to the lower 48 and abroad for further education. Having been exposed to accupuncture and reiki as modalities to ease pain, and through study of eastern practices, Shelbie found and studied with James Shaw of Ride From Within. Next she went to the Yorkshire Riding School and spent a short period getting daily lessons from Cristopher and Jane Bartell.
On the path of learning what was best for her own horses, Shelbie rode with Kathleen Lindley, whose own right as a horse person is outstanding of feel and explanations. She was a student of Mark Rashid and so exposed Shelbie to more work from people who were studying the horse.
From 2011 to 2017 she was one of 9 students to begin Philippe Karl's Ecole de Légèreté. Bringing with a study of the classical masters.
Shelbie has also pursued classes in anatomy, the Masterson Method, Orthobionomy, myofacial, acupuncture, Reiki, hoofcare, and dentistry to bring an educated eye to what may benefit your horse the most.
Shelbie continues her knowledge into the human body and how we move with our horse. Having taken classes in Anet Baniel Method, Fleden Krais, Peggy Cumming and Connected Riding. She has spent time at Thai Chi For the Equestrian, and the Yorkshire Riding Centre.
for serious training and began working with Kathleen Lindley, who trained with Mark Rashid. Shelbie also worked with James Shaw and Yorkshire Riding School. In 2011 she participated in a year-long apprenticeship at the holistic riding centere "For the Horse" in Chase, BC.
Shelbie's discovery of Philippe Karl's work marked the beginning of a long and ongoing education in equine behavior, anatomy, and a dedication to keep absolute respect for the horse's nature at the core and forefront of every training program. It is through this intense education that Shelbie has been able to form a lasting, true connect with Neira, as well as strengthen her students' relationships with their own horses.
Shelbie is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and returns frequently to the Pacific North West to give clinics.
To best understand what may benefit your horse the most, Shelbie has pursued classes in the Masterson Method, Orthobionomy, Myofacia, Anatomy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Hoofcare, and Equine dentistry.
To unlock freedom in the rider’s body and increase clarity for the horse, Shelbie has taken classes in the Anat Baniel Method, Feldenkrais, Peggy Cummings/ Connected Riding, Thai Chi For the Equestrian and the Yorkshire Riding Centre to find ways to help the riders body have more freedom and clarity to the horse.