Meet the Instructor: Erin McCabe
My first memories are of loving horses, although my formal riding instruction did not begin until I was 12 years old. My junior riding years were spent showing in the local hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing disciplines, and trail-riding. I was active in the United States Pony Club and 4-H horse programs which instilled the importance of learning all aspects of horse management.
During college I worked as an Assistant Barn Manager for a private boarding facility in Santa Cruz. I obtained a teaching credential in 1999 and taught high school English until 2008 when I began attending St. Mary’s College, earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2010 and teaching Composition there and later at Butte College. My first novel, I Shall Be Near To You, was published by Crown (Random House) in January 2014. I'm currently at work on my second novel.
In early 2003, I decided to also pursue a career that would combine my love of teaching with my passion for horses. I worked as a groom for local dressage and eventing trainer Brenda Peters-Beare and then in December 2003 began teaching dressage lessons and exploring Horsemanship techniques with Corinne Burt at Bottomley Farm. I have also partnered with the Trails to Success program, providing instruction during their 2006-2009 summer camps, and from 2009-2011 helped develop the Horse Program curriculum at Sienna Ranch.
My varied experience with horses and in the field of education gives me a broad range knowledge and techniques to draw upon for my lessons. I strive to present information clearly, taking into account students' learning styles. I especially enjoy helping students visualize their goals, analyze their performance, and develop the ability to feel and improve their results.
Although the birth of my son in early 2011 has meant taking a hiatus from competition, I strongly believe it is important to continue with my own education as a rider and continue to seek lessons. Most recently I have taken lessons with Marty Courtney, Jordan Ballenger, Susie Braun and Reagan Hayes. I have also taken lessons or clinics with a variety of instructors, including: Brian Sabo, USEA Instructor Certification Program faculty member and coach of Gina Miles (Olympic Silver Medalist); David Adamo, Advanced level competitor; Paula Lacey, "S" Dressage Judge; John Camlin, international level three-day eventing competitor; Nick Holmes Smith, Olympic competitor and Pan-Am gold medalist,
California Professional Clear Teaching Credential
United States Equestrian Federation