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Julia Connell, Head Riding Instructor and Barn Manager, was born in Sandwich, MA, moving to Princeton with her family in 2000, where Cornerstone Ranch began from a lot of woods. Growing upon the farm fueled her passion for the horse world. Julia has traveled twice to Pierce, Arizona to learn under Ron Mcloughlin at the Classical Stock School of Arizona and has ridden in clinics spanning from New England and Florida.

In 2016 she began building her own lesson program. To date Julia has taught several hundred group and private lessons, 10 full day workshops, and 6 weeklong riding programs. Local schools have worked with Julia to bring students for riding lessons as part of their curriculum. She has also started 3 horses under saddle that had never been ridden before.

As head instructor and barn manager, Julia oversees wranglers, upkeep of the barn, riding arenas, scheduling and more. She presents the commitment of horsebackriding, importance of keeping the saddles and equipment in good condition and the responsibility that having a horse requires. Julia will encourage her students to strive for perfection, but sees horseback riding as a sport with endless challenges and unlimited possibilities. With every ride, new discoveries are made and experiences. She also teaches in a way that benefits and encourages the horses natural movement and full athletic ability. The methods taught allow the horse to understand and respond willingly to the rider. She encourages students to feed their passion and welcomes everyone to fall in love with a life with horses.

Read what Julia’s students will tell you about her… 😍

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Robert Edwards is our newest addition to our riding instruction team, and we are thrilled to have his experience and expertise. Robert began his career in the early ’80s racing quarter horses and thoroughbreds as a professional jockey out West. This path led into to training and prepping horses for the New Mexico film industry. Robert has also spent many years leading trail rides and instructing riding lessons.

Robert prides himself on giving basic horsemanship lessons to novice riders using the methods of Ray Hunt, Buck Branaman, and Ricky Quinn in order to teach the mechanics of riding with feel and balance. His focused attention to small details make big differences in his students’ skills and confidence. You will notice the difference even after just one lesson with Robert!

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