Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassie & Patrick Krahenbuhl.
Hi Cassie & Patrick, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Both Patrick and I started riding because it was what our older sisters did so we were constantly at our respective barns. We both started out showing ponies on the same circuit though neither of us spoke to one another until we reached adulthood. Our teenage horse years led us to different areas of the horse world; Patrick showing American Saddlebreds in futurity classes and driving events, while Cassie learned to guide horses over fences in the hunter and jumper rings. Life is funny and years down the road we met working retail and hit it off. Together we now have a growing lesson program teaching kids and adults our passion as well as a small breeding program producing Champion show horses. Alongside building our farm up and raising our three boys.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to success is never smooth in anything and adding horses into the mix will throw all kinds of curveballs. Patrick’s mother Shannon Krahenbuhl saved the family’s horses in 2011 from a tragic barn fire, two of the horses saved our some of our best lesson horses teaching kids. In 2015 our horses were battling for their lives when they somehow contracted EHV (Equine Herpes Virus) it was long hours put in day and night to do our best to get their health back up, watching for neurologic signs and keeping their temperatures down. Three horses lost their lives out of thirty. As we’ve grown our breeding program, we’ve experienced struggles there with shipments being lost and unsuccessful attempts in 2020, we bred six mares with only one successful foaling but we’ve learned to go with the flow and keep pushing forward to reach our goals.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
At our farm, we do a bit of training for the horse to learn their job in their respective discipline but we primarily teach riding lessons to kids and adults. We love sharing our passion with others, teaching them everything from the basics to the fine art of showing a horse in the ring. Between Patrick and Cassie’s experience in a variety of breeds including American Saddlebreds, Appaloosa Horses, American Quarter Horses, and Ponies though we have focused our farm on the Arabian Horse. This allows us to teach nearly any riding and driving discipline possible as the Arabian Horse Association offers just about everything for everyone. With local and regional shows across the country, there’s always a new opportunity to show. We love that they offer five different National Championships in North America. This gives our clients the opportunity to choose the one that suits their needs best working towards their goals. What sets us apart is we’re still a small family farm, all of us enjoy giving each horse individual attention daily and there’s never a shortage of kids and adults that want to give them cookies.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
During Covid-19, we actually had one of our best years. It was a blessing for us to be able to focus more on the farm and drive it forward. After it was safe for us to socially distance teach, we were able to grow exponentially so many people were tired of being stuck and many different sports betting canceled horseback riding was the perfect activity for them to get out and moving. Horses are such great therapists they can feel your heartbeat and ready body language so well that you learn to be calm in the barn so they stay calm as well. It was so good for everyone to have this outlet last year and many got hooked and are still enjoying what the horses have to offer.
- Individual Riding Lesson $40
- Package of 6 lessons $175
- Package of 12 lessons $350
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