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Article Featuring Riding 4 Life
Something almost magical happens between horses and people when they form a successful partnership - and that magical connection carries with it rewards so great that everyone should have the opportunity to experience it. At Riding 4 Life we believe that everyone should have access to the benefits of horsemanship should they choose to!
To become an equine industry leader and a highly respected source of practical, accessible, and beneficial horsemanship in the Okanagan.
To provide high quality horsemanship instruction, education, and opportunities to the people of the South Okanagan.
Accessibility, Sustainability, Equality, Community, Excellence, Innovation, and Leadership.
Leann was born and raised in the Alberni Valley where she grew up with a backyard full of horses. Her passion for horsemanship grew steadily over the years as she went from competing at age 11, to teaching riding lessons at age 13, and training horses at age 14.
By age 16, Leann qualified for the AQHA Youth World Championship Horse Show in multiple events. Once high school graduation came, Leann’s list of awards and milestones included two versatility championship trophy saddles, high point awards across events and disciplines including Western Riding, Trail, Reining, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship, and Dressage, an AQHA Youth Championship, and several youth and pro-division all-around awards.
After graduating high school she moved away to study psychology at the University of Victoria leaving her horses behind. Leann quickly realized that horses had been far more than just a childhood passion, and that many of her successes in life to that point were due in large part to her relationship with them.
After three years of academic study, Leann returned to the Alberni Valley to restore her bond with horses and to find a clear direction for her life. Since then Leann completed a social work program at North Island College, gained extensive experience working with special needs children and adults, served as coach and leader to the Boots’n Bridles 4-H Horse club for 5 years, became a CHA certified instructor, and then in 2005 she founded Riding 4 Life in hopes of helping others realize the value of having horses in their own lives.
In addition, her education in psychology, and experiences with public speaking further enhance her gifts as an equine professional making her a truly insightful horsewoman, and an incredibly articulate teacher. Her teaching and training experience ranges from western and English basics, therapeutic riding, and natural horsemanship to competitive performance.
More recently, Leann moved to the Okanagan where she worked as the Disability Advocate at the Penticton & Area Access Centre, joined the team at D Bar K Ranch, and launched her mobile services.
Then in 2015, Leann set up shop in Penticton where Riding 4 Life operates today and delivers over 50 hours of services each week with the help of her growing crew of horses and interns. She also continues to serve as a social worker half time for the Okanagan Foster Parents Association.
Looking ahead, Leann hopes to continue to grow and contribute to her community - in particular the horsemanship community. She is passionate about leading the way for the next generation to ensure that our South Okanagan Communities will always have access to the joys and benefits of horsing around!