Cantera Equestrian started as just a dream and a hope, and felt like a little bit of a "can this really work?" path. Cindy, Kelly, and Julie all shared a passion for horses, the equine industry, leadership for children and adults, and a desire to have solid riding instruction taught. All three recognized the difference horses make in people's lives. They wanted to develop a place that has a community atmosphere, teaches solid horsemanship skills, develops good riders, and through the vehicle of horses develops good people. Both young and old benefit from the lessons learned at the barn. The idea of Cantera was born, the plan put together and the journey started. Together they believed that they could and so they did! Their paths converged in the woods and as the new less traveled path came up before them they chose that path and that has made all the difference!
Cindy Ross is the resident trainer. She brings over 35 years of experience and knowledge to the clients at Cantera Equestrian. Her teaching philosophy includes education on all aspects of riding and horsemanship. Cindy believes that developing a well-rounded equestrian will make each student a better rider. Cindy Ross is a USEF “R” judge. She has her license in Hunters, Hunter Seat Equitation and Jumpers. She has been judging for over ten years and judges about 10 shows per year. She judges AA’s to the local levels, NCAA, IHSA, and pony club events.
Cindy grew up in Dalton, PA and rode at The Golden Eagle under the tutelage of Ann Weeks White, a student of Gordon Wright, where she went from the lesson program to pony rider to instructing. Even while in college, Cindy continued to ride and show many of the "A" shows back east. After graduating from college, she returned to teaching first at local farms and then teaching and training at her own 140 acre facility Minglewood where she also ran shows. She traveled to major shows on the east coast and also started the NPHA local showing association. In 2000, Cindy moved the operation to Tryon, North Carolina to expand her knowledge base. It was there that she pursued her judging license and continued to show up and down the east coast. Cindy has had the opportunity to know and work with the top trainers, riders, horses and ponies in the country and world class jumpers.
Julie's love of horses began at the early age of 4 when she rode a pony named Jack. Finally able to convince her parents of the need for riding lessons Julie really began riding in the 3rd grade. She spent her youth growing as a rider and competing in open horse shows. She was also a proud 9 year 4-H member. Julie has shared her love of horses with her 2 sons and daughter. Her daughter is a member of the Canterwood Pony Club and they enjoy spending time together at the barn doing something they both are passionate about. Julie's business background prior to Cantera includes managing customer care and billing teams in corporate america. She is well equipped to keep the barn running smoothly. In addition to her duties at Cantera, Julie is actively involved in leadership of Pony Club, and is a volunteer for the CCEHC Adopt A Horse Program. Julie has a heart for youth leadership and helping horses in need. She enjoys being able to help make a difference to horses that have come from bad situations.
Sydney began riding at age 9 in Spokane, and her love for these beautiful animals spread from lessons to horse ownership to showing locally and internationally. This eventually led her to New Jersey for a Bachelors of Science degree in Equine Business Management and Riding Instruction from Centenary University. There Sydney rode on the IHSA team and continued to show at the local and rated competitions. Upon graduation Sydney spent 3 1/2 years working in Florida at some of the top show barns; in Wellington at WEF and then in Tampa. Sydney strives to bring the "east coast" level of determination and success to her students with a big focus on equitation and strong fundamentals. She also is the creator of the online equine education website TheBarnRat.com.
Annemarie Taylor grew up and learned to ride on the East Coast. She started riding at 6 years old and has never stopped. Her 30+ years of horse experience has taken her to many places and introduced her to many disciplines including hunt seat equitation, fox hunting, eventing, flat and timber racing. She showed on the local and rated circuit as a child in Maryland and the surrounding states. Her love of horses did not stop in college where she earned a BS in Animal Science and rode on the University of Delaware Equestrian team. After college she ran her own boarding and lesson facility teaching young riders and training horses. Seven years ago she and her husband moved to Washougal, WA to follow a job. They decided to start a family and Annemarie went back to school to pursue a Master's degree in education. In addition to teaching horseback riding lessons Annemarie is also a high school teacher at Evergreen High School where she teaches Animal Science, Veterinary Science and is the FFA Advisor.