September ~ 2015
Beckwith Performance Horses
Brent and Renee Beckwith are owners and trainers of Beckwith Performance Horses. The facility is located in Creston, Ca. and they currently specialize in starting young horses. Brent is a third generation horseman and both have personally been involved with horses their entire lives. Together they have experience in Dressage, Racing, Cutting, Cattle Sorting, and Working Cow Horse. They have taken their individual skills and combined them to form a team.
Young performance horse prospects destined for a variety of disciplines are accepted. The goal is to prepare the young horse for life in the big world, so exposure and introduction to as many aspects of a performance horses life are part of the basic training process. Horses are taught to stand quietly for grooming, saddling, and the farrier. They are blanketed and fly masks are worn when necessary. The horses are taught to cross tie as well as learn to stand quietly at a trailer. They are brought into box stalls as well as turned out to year round green pasture. A big plus is the time taken to make sure the horse will easily load in a trailer and are comfortable traveling. All stalls, pens and green pastures are cleaned daily, seven days a week.
Once the initial phase is complete, work under saddle begins. This is Brent’s area of expertise. He has specific goals he likes to achieve before he asks the horse to move on. One of the first milestones is the horses ability to be quietly mounted and just stand with no tension. Brent mounts and dismounts his young prospects from both sides. Once the horse is stable with this process Brent moves them into the round pen and begins asking for basic walk and jog. The dressage emphasis which is part of the Beckwith’s basic training philosophy ensures that the horses are light in the bridle, move off the leg freely, halt, rein back, and are laterally supple.
The next big step is to take the horse out in the open and because of the ranch location there is direct access to a riverbed which serves as an introduction to going out. The young horses are taken out on trail and are encouraged to walk out without the barrier of an arena wall. As they progress, they graduate to checking fence lines and also have access to an amazing gallop track.
The education process continues by taking the young horses to local locations and activities which include the beach, cattle sorting, local horse shows, and group trail rides. The entire process takes about 90 days. The horse is not rushed, if there is an area that needs more time then it is built into the schedule. The goal is to turn the horse over to their owner or next trainer prepared for the job at hand with a solid understanding of the basic aids and the ability to merge into a show barn environment.
Both Brent and Renee dedicate themselves to the care and training of the horses. The mental as well as the physical health of the horses in their care is of utmost importance. Beckwith Performance Horses is a 5* business listing. They have received many positive reviews from clients which include several breeders. Heidi Gaian of Villa Rosa Dressage in Hollister had this to say, “We have had Brent start several of our young horses, and have been very happy with the results. The horses always come home happy, healthy and confident and ready to start their dressage careers.”
Beckwith Performance Horses
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Lesley Stevenson ~ Entrepreneur
Lesley Stevenson is a recent transplant from the East coast, having moved to Santa Barbara from North Carolina early this year. She is a very busy woman, with 5 different Equestrian businesses! First and foremost she is an Eventing and Dressage instructor/coach, teaching riders from the most basic level to the very top levels, and traveling worldwide to teach clinics. As a former successful rider at the top levels of both Dressage and Eventing (who no longer rides due to the fact that she has multiple serious back issues), Lesley is also an exceptional instructor – gifted with a unique ability to get right to the root of any problem each horse and rider might be having – and is able to give them clear and easy to understand homework to fix it. Eventing legend Jimmy Wofford was recently quoted to say, “Lesley is one of the best horsewomen of her generation. She combines a sophisticated understanding of horses and riders with clear and simple corrections. These qualities make her an outstanding instructor.”
Because of Lesley’s extreme ability to break down riding concepts into bite sized bits, and explain them in such a way that the average rider can easily use that information to fill in the gaps in their foundation, so that they can improve at rapid pace… she came up with the idea of starting an online service that can help riders from all around the world in a virtual way. And My Virtual Eventing Coach (http://www.MyVirtualEventingCoach.com) was born!
Essentially the website provides members with a library of information, with articles on various topics, specific exercises to work on, and even a daily “Tip of the Day.” My Virtual Eventing Coach makes this all uniquely personalized, as riders can ask questions and learn how to apply any concept from an article to *their* horse and *their* specific situation. Members can also send in their photos and videos for a full, detailed critique… in which Lesley gives the riders lots of homework to work on. They can also ask questions about any specific issues they might be having with their riding. And after their question is answered, they can come back for more clarification or with an update after trying out a suggested exercise. For those who just like to read and learn, there are over 2000 entries currently up on the site! And there is so much to learn from reading *other* rider’s questions and critiques.
In the 4 and a half years that My Virtual Eventing Coach has been up and running, it has grown to the point where it receives more than 5 million hits per year, and has members from 12 different countries! Members are quite vocal with how much they love the website, and how much it helps their riding: http://www.myvirtualeventingcoach.com/categories/testimonials
Lesley’s 3rd business is one that really just developed after her move to California. The incredible beauty of the Santa Barbara area inspired her to buy a quality camera, and ignited a sudden and intense passion for photography! “Full Tilt Photography” (http://www.FullTiltPhotos.com) specializes in spectacular quality Equestrian photos, as well as animal and human portraits, beach scenery, landscapes, flowers, sunsets, and even commercial/business photography. When asked what sets Full Tilt Photography apart from other Equestrian photographers in the area, customers say, “Beautiful equestrian photos taken by a rider with an educated and artistic eye.” and “The quality and detail on these photos is just stunning! Much better than our regular show photographer!” For Equestrian photos, Lesley brings a distinct advantage, as very few Equestrian photographers are also upper level riders! Perspective is everything… and it makes a big difference when the photographer knows what the riders really want to see!
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