USAWE Sponsored Coach

Ride Softly

Chris Stanko

Connect with Chris via Social Media or her email: 1chstanko@gmail.com

Niwot, CO

Offering:

  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm

Chris Stanko

Niwot, CO

Connect with Chris via Social Media or her website: 1chstanko@gmail.com

Offering:

  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm

Chris has been teaching and training for over 40 years, and working as a clinician for 15 yrs. She teaches Working Equitation, In – Hand work, Classical Horsemanship, the Art of Garrocha, Western Dressage, all with the correct biomechanics for horse and rider. Chris is a forever student of the horse and continues her own education.

Chris learned about Working Equitation(WE) in 2008. She was captured by the spirit of the sport. It became her passion. Chris believes Working Equitation takes a strong partnership and foundation between horse and rider, allowing us to ride Working Equitation with finesse and grace.

Chris is a founding member and current President of High Country Working Equitation. She is a National Competitor, a student of the Pedro Torres Academy of Working Equitation, and a provisional TD. Chris served on WE United and Confederations boards, and participated in the merger of USAWE.

Chris teaches clinics all over Colorado. Chris believes Working Equitation is the best cross training for any horse in any discipline and horses shouldn’t be rushed. Her approach is teaching in a positive and relaxed manner, one that is supportive rather than intimidating for both the horse and rider.

Links to the USAWE Regions

Region 1 | Region 2 | Region 3 | Region 4 | Region 5 | Region 6 | Region 7

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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