Horses have always been Bekah's passion. She has known from a very young age that she wanted to help people using horses as the catalyst. For over 23 years, Bekah has been investing in her horsemanship journey...taking riding lessons, attending horse camps, working at numerous barns and under many equine professionals. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in horses, Bekah set out to learn all she could. While in college she volunteered for all the specialty programs that were offered within her major. One of these programs took her to England to attend the Talland School of Equitation where she studied Classical Dressage, Equitation and Eventing from several Olympic and internationally competitive riders. At the completion of this program, she was certified by the BHS (British Horse Society) as an instructor. She also attended a course at the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, CT and received her NARHA (North America Riding for the Handicapped Association) Certification as a Therapeutic riding instructor. Bekah received her bachelor's degree in Equine Business Management with concentrations in teaching, training and therapeutic riding. After college, Bekah became certified through ARIA (American Riding Instructor's Association) in Level 1 Hunt Seat.
With her heart for horses, people and continual learning, the Parelli Program was a completely natural progression! In 2005, Bekah began her Parelli journey, originally thinking that it was exactly what she needed to help many of her rescued and "problem" horses. Little did she know it would impact her relationship with ALL of her horses and students! She quickly rose through Level 3 with her "main squeeze" Genesis whom she continued to develop through level 4. Her dream of becoming a Parelli Professional emerged. In January of 2009, Bekah attended an 8 week module at the Parelli Center. She was thrilled when she was asked to participate in the Extern Program! After completeing a 12 week Externship at the Parelli University, Bekah was awarded the honor of being a 1 Star Parelli Professional! Then in January of 2010, Bekah received her 2 Star Rating. In the summer of 2013 Bekah spent 6 weeks doing an Internship in Pagosa Springs at the beautiful CO Parelli campus, where she was awarded her 3 Star Rating at the completion of the course.
At her facility in Belton, SC...Dark Horse Equestrian Center, Bekah offers private, semi-private and group lessons as well as play groups, clinics and boarding. She also travels throughout the southeast and midwest teaching. She brings her passion for horses, for assisting her students on their journey through Parelli Natural Horsemanship and the focus of never-ending self improvement with her in her lessons, clinics and workshops. Her goal is to help her students to be the best that they can be for their horse and to help them achieve their individual goals. Bekah enjoys Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Endurance, working cows, driving as well helping "problem" horses through issues, and equipping young horses with the foundation that they need for success in any discipline. She has over 20 years experience training, teaching, starting horses and working with problem horses. With such a wide variety in her background and hundreds of horses handled, she has a lot to offer her students.
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