About Learn From a Mentor Go Straight to the Mentor List
Mentors are the key to a great start in the sport of Ride & Tie. They can answer all of your Ride & Tie questions, coach you through a few practices and help you finish your first Ride & Tie race if you don't have a partner. Additionally, some of the mentors organize group practices in their areas. Mentors are a great resource for the newcomer.
Ride & Tie Mentors are a group of people dedicated to growing the sport of ride & tie by introducing (or re-introducing) people to the sport of ride & tie. Located throughout the country, mentors are the Association's "local experts". They are available to answer questions about the sport, to give advice about what to wear, how to prepare for and successfully finish a race and provide opportunities to practice ride & tie.
An example of this is in Orange County, California where Tom & Carol hold regular practices. Participants receive advance information about the practice location and what to wear and bring to the practice site. They try to team new people with experienced people. Other experienced teams will bring their horses and share their experience with new people. New people are encouraged to bring their horses. A quick "chalk talk" gives the basics of the sport and explains the course. Usually the course is 7 to 10 miles long and for the first 5 miles, everyone stays together at a slow pace. Frequent stops are made to explain and illustrate techniques like proper tie locations, when to exchange, how to do a "flying tie", how to pass or be passed by other teams, what poison oak looks like etc. New horses are tied along side experienced horses so they can learn how to stay calm as other horses run by them. Once everyone is more comfortable, teams are then encouraged to ride & tie at their own pace. Everyone meets back at the parking lot for snacks and review of the practice.
Here's a list of some of the Mentors and more are being added. If you have any questions about the Mentor program or are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Ben Volk at firstname.lastname@example.org 509-521-6249
Bay Area: Victoria Ordway, email@example.com, (415) 381-3426
Newcastle: (Northern CA): Susan Smyth, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 663-9410
Orange County: Carol Ruprecht & Tom Gey, email@example.com, (949) 263-1772
Redding: Karen Deaver, firstname.lastname@example.org, (530) 275-8570
San Diego: Rufus Schneider, email@example.com, (619) 244-1488
Santa Cruz: George Hall, DVM. firstname.lastname@example.org, (831) 426-9337
Karen Wolfsheimer, email@example.com, (225) 767-9615
Sid Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Noll, email@example.com
Amy Betzelberger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vera Betzelberger, email@example.com
Laura Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, (402) 469-1946
Shay Hanson, email@example.com, (502) 600-3733
Emily Shouse, firstname.lastname@example.org, (502) 598-6483
Annette Parsons & Jim Clover, email@example.com
Oregon Coast/Willamette Valley:
Chris Amaral, firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 834-2343
Sherrie Reimers email@example.com
Dave and Debbie Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (435) 658-3065
Lani Newcomb, email@example.com
South Washington: Kirsten Seyferth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Washington: Lisa Preston,email@example.com
Western Washington: Steve Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 588-1730
Eastern Washington: Rachel Toor, email@example.com
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