Who is Castle Glen Equine?
-Background: Risa Hurst has been riding for nearly 24 years. Beginning at home on her pony, Babe. Risa competed in 4-H, where she rode and showed with both production and project horses. She competed on the York County Horse Judging Team. While in 4-H, she held office of president for her last three years as a member, before aging out, at 18. Risa also competed in Vada/Nova Young Riders dressage competitions for three years
Risa has been doing Jumpers and Dressage for the last 15 years, and in that time picked up a passion for Eventing. Risa has always been looking at ways to further her education in the sports, as it became apparent this was a life long obsession, and profession.
For Risa, the discipline isn’t the most important aspect. She has always believed that if you pick a discipline that your horse enjoys, the success rates will be much better, and you’ll have a much happier horse.
-Education: Risa graduated from Wilson College with a bachelor of science degree in Equine Studies in 2010. While there, she had the opportunity to ride with many great clinicians. She started riding with Major Jeremy Beale during her time at Wilson, and has continued to take lessons and clinics with him to this day.
-Teaching: Upon graduation, Risa was employed by Wilson for 6 years. One of her main duties during that time was retraining and schooling school owned and leased horses to make them better suitable for lessons. Aside from arena teaching, she was an adjunct instructor for lecture courses in Show Management and courses on Teaching Horseback Riding. Risa was the Eventing Team Coach for the college for three years. She also served as the summer camp coordinator, as well as the horse show coordinator, during her last two years at Wilson.
Risa decided to take a working student job in Wellborn, Florida in the fall of 2016, where she remained through May of 2017. She worked for Valhalla Farm, a top Trakehner dressage and jumping farm owned by Jean Brinkman, and was under the direction of Iris Eppinger, Erin Brinkman, Jean Brinkman, and Ben Merritt. While there, she had the opportunity to work with many young Trakehners as well as several school masters to help her develop her upper level skills in dressage. While in Florida, Risa had her Cleveland Bay Sport Horse and her Paint with her, furthering not only her own understanding, but theirs as well.
Risa has always believed that the need for education never stops, and if you want to quit learning, you shouldn’t plan to keep riding. Our horses are not machines, they are delicately minded individuals who we don’t want to force into anything, but rather to dance with, building a beautiful partnership.