August ~ 2015
North County Pilates
Riding horses and Pilates have more in common than most people think! Matter of fact, riding a horse embodies the very principles of Pilates. Pilates is a road map for the body and helps you confront some of the asymmetries that can develop from physiology, incorrect movement patterns, lifestyle or injury. These asymmetries directly affect how you function on your horse. Pilates, over time, helps address these issues and brings your body closer to symmetry through proper alignment, core-control, breath, stability and flexibility work.
During our training sessions, I focus on deep abdominal control, postural alignment, shoulder stability, hip flexibility, and disassociation of the hip and pelvic structure. Sculpting a stronger body with increased stability, flexibility, balance and control will make you a better rider. Looking “effortless” actually takes a lot of work and incredible body awareness. It is a skill and craft that you work with the end goal being an”unconsciously-conscious” rider and mover through life.
” In October of 2006, I opened North County Pilates on Traffic Way in Atascadero with the goal of teaching proper Pilates practices to the masses. I spent years educating myself, acquiring the best certifications in the business and honing in on the very challenging skill of teaching adults how to move their bodies correctly. What I love best is helping people feel better in their bodies and one of the greatest pleasures in my life is making my students realize their full potential through Pilates. Feeling stronger and better in your body will color you and your horse in a different, more positive light.
” It is never to late to start a Pilates practice. With our education, dedication and teaching experience, we can help athletes, senior citizens, post-rehab and health conscious men and women. Not to mention equestrians in all disciplines. Pilates is truly for every body!
North County Pilates
Giana Terranova Photography
Giana had an interest in photography initially as a hobby, but through a positive personal experience her interest grew into something more. Giana’s comfort level was always behind the camera, but being the actual subject was difficult. A senior portrait photo session with a photographer that was fun and incorporated Giana’s love of her horse changed everything. It was that moment in time that made a lasting impression on this young lady and so Giana Terranova Photography was born.
Many photographers doing senior portrait photography included people with their horses, but the photographers had an eye for people, not an eye for the horse. Giana saw a niche that she could fill by taking her knowledge of photography and horses and combined it with a positive personal experience for the client. An opportunity to capture the moment between a horse and rider that transcends into a complete understanding and trust of one another. The end result being a portrait of partnership.
Just recently Giana introduced the black background equestrian portraits, which have been very popular especially with the idea of having a canvas portrait created. She arranges photo tours that allow her to travel from barn to barn taking photographs of multiple horses. The proofs are then sent to the individual owner for review. The shoot fee is minimal since so many locations and photos are taken in one day.
Although she is available to photograph and has experience with other subject matter, Giana considers herself a photographer specializing in equine portraits. “Most of my business has come from my equestrian connections, as I am also a rider in the hunter/jumper discipline. What started as just my close friends has branched out since my business started, and really kicked off just in this last year.”
Giana currently attends college in Savannah, Georgia at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) as an Equestrian Studies Major. She is part of the IHSA Equestrian Team and will be graduating as a Senior in 2016. She has however, continued building her photography business as she continues her education. She takes advantage of being on the East Coast by planning photo trips to different areas of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. When she returns to California for summer break, she continues to improve her riding skills by being a working student for Hurley Equestrian in Orange County and planning photo trips throughout California.
August ~ Special Offers
Giana Terranova Photography is offering 10% off any session, if you mention Horse Connection Center.
The Horse Connection Center is offering a 13 month listing in the Business Directory for $50.00 ($3.85 per month) from 8/10/15 through 9/10/15.