Lessons and Training
Woodson Hill Equestrian Center is proud to offer riding instruction and horse training with Kaitlin Salyer, Denise Seah, Anna Webb and Sabina Shifrin.
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Kaitlin Salyer graduated from William Woods University in 2009 with bachelor's degrees in Equine Science and Psychology. She has been riding for over 25 years, working with several highly-esteemed trainers across multiple disciplines. With a special love for saddle seat, she has competed in many acclaimed shows with top-five finishes, including the American Royal. In addition to coordinating local shows and camps, Kaitlin has been teaching lessons for more than 15 years in saddle seat, hunt seat, western, groundwork, and training. She enjoys working with all breeds of horses. Because of her desire to serve those in need, for many years she has volunteered at--and served on the Board of Directors of--Changing Leads Equine Rescue, one of the area's longest-running horse rescues.
While horses have always been her biggest passion, Kaitlin also wants to understand the inner workings of personality and motivation for each student. Her additional background in psychology enhances her work with people and horses alike. She has been with Woodson Hill since 2010, and enjoys working with riders of all ages and experience levels.
For more information, contact Kaitlin at [email protected] or 816-809-2311 (text or voice).
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Denise Seah has been a professional riding instructor since 1986 she has helped many young and young at heart amateurs get their start in the show ring as well as first-time horse owners. Having trained in various disciplines Denise uses the Classical Equitation approach in all riding disciplines.
Denise’s high interest and deep love for horses make her account for a wide range of training methods for both horse and the rider while focusing on each individual’s goals and talents. Lessons are for the beginner, amateur rider and advanced rider focusing on balance and centering. The student will learn everything about the horse from the ground up while stressing the importance of safety and equine behavior. The student won’t just learn how to ride a horse but how to be a partner and confident trainer as well. Lessons with Denise are Western, Dressage, Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat.
Denise earned her BFA Fine Arts degree through Park University she also teaches Community Education classes through Parkhill, College For Kids and Denise Seah is a published artist and Children Illustrator for Purple Sky Publishing. Denise Seah has coordinated 4-H clubs in the Kansas City area was a former member of the Mission Valley Pony Club and a member of the Mid America Combined Training Association. Denise Seah has shown for many years Arabians at the American Royal and other Regional shows. Denise Seah’s professionalism and knowledge will help you reach your equestrian goals.
To schedule a lesson with Denise call 816-787-3392
Anna Webb has a deep love for animals, learning and helping others. She holds a BA in Psychology, a BS in Nursing, and a minor in Coaching and Performance Enhancement from William Jewell College. After volunteering for 3 years at Northland Therapeutic Riding Center, she served as their Equine/Barn Manager for another 4 years until moving and becoming a horse owner herself.
Anna is passionate about creating a partnership between horse and rider. She strives to tailor her instruction to the goals and passions of her students. General baseline instruction will focus on being a safe, competent and confident rider who communicates clearly with their horse. From there, we can focus on the skills needed to problem solve what your horse needs, in and out of the saddle.
For more information contact Anna Webb at: [email protected]
Hello all! My name is Sabina Shifrin and I'm coming back to Woodson Hill EC to teach lessons through September! I am an equestrian of 15+ years with a Bachelor's in Equine Science (and a minor in Business Administration) from William Woods University ('22). I've taught off and on for years now and pride myself on my ability to introduce new students to horses in ways that are fun and safe. We owe everything to our horses and, most of all, we want their jobs as fellow instructors to be as enjoyable as the rides they give us.
Along with my teaching skills with beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, I enjoy working with the horses one-on-one to keep them well-tuned for their careers as instructors and partners in my students' journeys. I've got experience teaching, training, and showing Western riding (pleasure, patterns, games, etc), and English riding (hunt seat, dressage, and even some saddle seat) as well as groundwork, horse handling, and horse behavior. Interested in getting help working with your personal horse? I'd gladly help solve any issues or simply train new skills in a manner that is ideal from both the horse and handler's perspective.
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or text/call at: (816) 377-1274
Hope to hear from you soon!