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Erin Givens

Erin began riding at the age of 8 with Sally Francis, who is still her coach today.   She is a patient and kind trainer who has done everything from starting young horses, "fixing" problem horses and re-starting ex-racehorses.  Erin has had extensive experience in competing in the hunter/jumpers up to the "AA" level.  She loves to ride, train and show horses herself, but her greatest satisfaction comes from working with  students and seeing them progress as riders and horsemen.  Erin is honored to have coached both the Texas State University Equestrian Team and the Texas Equestrian Team at the University of Texas at Austin; after a multiple year hiatus from coaching Intercollegiate teams, she is excited to be putting her coaching hat back on to support the Equestrian Team at the University of Texas at Austin!  In addition to showing and teaching, Erin continues her education by regularly attending clinics taught by top horsemen and women.  She has been fortunate enough to work with George Morris, Anne Kursinksi, Melanie Smith Taylor, Bernie Traurig, Buck Branaman, Tom Curtain, and others.  Currently, she is mentoring under Coach Daniel Stewart, who specializes in rider sports psychology, biomechanics, and rider fitness.  She is working on becoming a certified Pressure Proof Instructor and will be sharing her knowledge with her students as well as teaching clinics outside of Sterling.  

Erin wants each student to enjoy learning about horsemanship, starting from the basics of proper horse management to finding  balance and harmony while riding.  She feels that what makes her different from other trainers is that she accepts the learning process and understands that each student (human and horse) will develop at their own pace.  It isn't show ring achievements or prizes that she strives for. Erin knows she is doing a good job when the student has a desire to continue learning with enthusiasm.