Our Instructors

Alex

 

Hi! My name is Alexandra! But you can call me Alex. First and foremost, I LOVE Bridle Up Hope! And I know you will love it too! It’s a place of security and love where I have learned even more about the special connection between horses and girls.

So a little bit more about me! I’ve loved animals since I was a small girl. My first word was even “dog”! Much to my mother’s dismay ? However, horses stole my heart before I can remember and I’ve never looked back. Every square inch of my bedroom was covered in pictures of horses, horse figurines, and horse stuffed animals. Every day I dreamt that I would one day own a horse and learn to ride.

When I was seven, I had the opportunity to do extra chores at a local therapy barn in exchange for free lessons. My dream had come true! All week I would count down the days to my next lesson and nothing brought me more joy than being around horses, whether it was grooming, mucking, or riding. I was a very shy kid and as the years passed I realized that I never felt more at home than when I was in the presence of a horse. There have been many horses in my life that have inspired me to be kinder, more patient, more confident, and much more vulnerable. Since those first days of lessons I have continued to ride and hone my equestrian skills, always knowing that horses were my true passion in life.

Right now I am training a Leopard Appaloosa named Caspian. He has pushed me to better my horsemanship skills in so many ways and is constantly stretching me past my comfort zone. I owe him so much as he has helped me become a better horseman, friend, and person. One of my favorite quotes reads, “There is no growing in a comfort zone and there is no comfort in a growing zone.” How true this is! Being around horses helps us realize so many things about ourselves and truly encourages us to become more than we currently are. Horses are truly magnificent creatures that are capable of transforming a life.

I can’t wait to meet you at the barn and share the joy that horses have brought me in my life!

Amber

Well Howdy! I’m Amber and am so excited to meet you! I have been a part of the Bridle Up Hope team since 2014, and have recently returned to the barn from an 18 month mission in Ecuador. I love horses and have a special place in my heart for the opportunity to help young women find healing through horses and healthy living. My parents were separated for the first 14 years of my life and I found peace in the whirlwind at a small horse stable just six miles form my home in California. I would ride my bike every summer morning at 6:30am– working 12 hour days for one lesson at the end of each week. My love only grew for the horses as I felt happier and more hopeful in their presence. I went on participate in team penning, ranch sorting, cattle round ups, reining, ground work for respect, mountain riding, and extensive obstacle courses. Oh, and I love galloping my troubles away! 🙂

Through the years, I have come to find that horses universally have a similar spirit, a spirit of trust, temperance, and healing. I can feel the spirit of the horse calm my fears and encourage me to be kind and strong, as they are. I have dedicated much of my life thus far to learn of and work with these wonderful animals. They have helped me build confidence and trust in myself and others. I believe that they are divine creatures, and everything about their behavior and responses have to do with how we ourselves feel on the inside. Horses sense our personal needs, help us face our fears, walk us through our obstacles and challenges, build our confidence, put us in a leadership position, listen to our guidance, and find in us a friend. They help us become brave and resilient. In return, as we express our love and appreciation for the horses and put into practice the seven habits (Sean Covey), our hearts and mind heal and find hope. 

I am so grateful to take part in your experience here at Bridle Up and hope to see you soon!

Annie

Hey everyone! My name is Annie and I started working at Bridle Up Hope in August 2017. I’m still pretty new, but the Bridle Up Hope family has been so welcoming and fun to be around! You will love it here!

A little information about myself – I grew up in Boston with my parents and 3 brothers. When we visited Zion’s national park when I was 5, I got to ride a horse on a trail ride for the first time. I was head over heels! After a year of bugging my mom, I was finally allowed to take riding lessons. The rest is history! I’ve since competed nation-wide doing equitation and show-jumping. I’ve ridden and trained tons of horses through my high school years.

When I moved to Utah for BYU, I couldn’t stand not having a horse so I got a job and bought my current horse Cloud, in October 2015 (I didn’t tell my parents for 6 months haha.)

Now I am married to my best friend Jake, and have three animals – Marlow is our 6 month old kitten, Nala is a 3 year old pitbull (you will see her whenever I am at the barn), and Cloud is my 17 year old feisty, sassy, insanely adorable Arabian/quarter horse.

Horses can do things for us that people and therapy just can’t. Working with these horses, you have the opportunity to start to heal and improve yourself without ever having to say a word. They love you no matter what and so do we! You will love it here. 

Brittany

 

Hi! My name is Brittany Hanks. Like most of us at the barn, I am a HUGE animal lover and have been ever since I was a wee toddler. At the age of 2 I rescued a garter snake from the frightened neighborhood moms attempting to back over the poor thing with a car! Clearly I didn’t have any fear either.

My love for horses began at a very young age, but I didn’t dive deep into horsemanship until I moved to Utah when I was 17. I was fortunate enough to have a very loving neighbor with 12 reining Quarter Horses at the time. She took me under her wing and taught me everything about riding, horsemanship, and the joy and confidence that comes from connecting with a horse. From there I got a job driving draft horses at Thanksgiving Point, where my knowledge and love for horses (especially horses over 2,000 lbs.) grew even more!

Though I absolutely adored horses, my lifelong dream was to train dolphins and sea lions. In pursuit of this dream, I attended a 2 year school in California where I earned my certificate in exotic animal training and management. I trained a variety of species including a cougar, Red-tailed Hawk, American badger, and a Hamadryas baboon. After my schooling there, I went on to complete my Bachelor’s in psychology at Brigham Young University, where my passion for human connection and healing flourished.Lucky for me, Bridle Up Hope provides the perfect place for me to embrace the two things I studied and love most: people and animals!

I feel incredibly blessed to be an instructor at Bridle Up Hope and I firmly believe that horses can bring love, hope, and healing to broken hearts. I have already learned so much from the incredible girls and horses that are my Bridle Up Hope family, and I know that this program has the power to change lives, as it has mine.

Cindy

 

Hello! My name is Cindy Powell. I have lived in Alpine, Utah for the past 13 years. I was raised in Oregon amongst the beautiful, natural evergreen trees and plentiful tree farms. I had my own horses while growing up and found great peace and acceptance as a teenager while riding through the rows and rows of every type tree imaginable, connecting with my horse. I knew then as I know now, there is a type of healing for the soul that comes from horses that is incomprehensible until you feel it for yourself. My husband and I lived in Japan for 11 years and raised our 3 amazing boys amongst skyscrapers, immense traffic and millions of busy people.

Returning stateside in 2004, we found our place in Alpine, far from the noise and congestion of big city life. We have found great joy here in the mountains, enjoying nature, meeting new friends and learning about our surrounding community. I feel honored to be associated with Bridle Up Hope and the empowering principles taught and found within the program. This experience is for anyone, whether life is smooth sailing or in need of a tune up. It has changed my life for the better and I know it will change yours too!

Elisabeth

 

Hey there! My name is Elisabeth Berrett and, of course, I absolutely love horses! I started working for Bridle up Hope in September of 2013 and have loved being a part of the team. I have always loved horses since I was a child. My first two horses were a pair of Arabian siblings who were underweight and lacked training. Training them was a challenge as I had only taken riding lessons on well versed horses, but I was blessed to have the opportunity to train them myself and have the experience of figuring it out on my own.

I have been riding in Endurance as a part of AERC around Utah for years and love a good competition when it comes to racing. I’ve taken a love and interest in driving horses when I started working for Thanksgiving Point Farm country in 2013 as a Wagon and Carriage driver. Over the years of training and working with horses, I have gained many diverse skills which include 4H, Natural horsemanship, Liberty horsemanship, Clicker training, Trick training, Driving, Endurance racing, and Competitive team penning and sorting. I have trained my gelding to do tricks and perform at carnivals, scout camps, pony camps, and parties. I love getting to know different horses with varieties of personalities and bringing out their playful and intelligent spirits. In 2014, I was certified as a Horseback riding Instructor through Certified Horsemanship Association.

I love the feeling I get from being around horses and I love to share the joy of riding with everyone around me. I frequently host rides up the mountain and canyon through beautiful trails and amazing lookout points. I’m very pleased to work with and mentor young girls who love to ride and love to learn. I especially love to witness girls as they come out of their shell and grow from working with horses. I attended a course on mentoring through the 3 Key Elements where I got to master my skills on becoming a powerful influence on others. Something I’ve discovered is that the learning never ends, and through trial and error, I’ve learned to overcome many things in my life with the help of equestrian training.

Haven

 

Heeey! I’m Haven! I’m so glad you found Bridle Up Hope! This place is a sanctuary from the world and I know you’ll love it just as much as I do. A little bit about me… I was born and raised in Orange County, California. I love the beach, painting, laughing, spending time with my family, and anything and everything horse related.  Since I can remember, I’ve always loved horses.  My grandparents owned horses so whenever I would visit them in Utah I basically lived in their barn. I would help my grandpa feed and water them everyday and I would ride every chance I got. When it was time to go back home I would hide in the barn from my parents in hopes that I wouldn’t have to go back home to California. There weren’t many horses in the city where I grew up and I never had enough money to own one but as I got older I volunteered at a local stable and found other creative ways to ride horses.

Now that I live in Utah my grandpa’s horses are just around the corner from me so I can ride them whenever I want.  There’s Izzy, a gaited Morgan, and Lola, a mule, who I love to trail ride with up the canyon to see some of the most beautiful, breathtaking parts of Utah.  

Horses have saved me! They have helped me get through some of the darkest times in my life. In my opinion, they are the best kind of therapist. They’re also amazing teachers. Every time I’m around horses I learn something new, whether it’s about the horse or myself.  I am more patient, confident, forgiving, assertive, and happy because of what I have learned through horses. Horses are my passion in life and I love helping others make a connection with them, which in return helps them reconnect with themselves and others.

I can’t wait to meet you at the barn!  We’re going to get some good rides in with lots of laughs in between!

Madison

 

Hey there! My name is Madison, but you can call me Maddy. I love animals, especially horses. I grew up with horses right in my backyard and was on a horse before I could walk. My parents taught me how to ride, starting with our Welsh pony, Shasta. I competed in 4-H for eight years, where I was judged in both show and speed events. I started competing on a bay pony named Brownie, the perfect combination of laziness and explosive speed. Brownie definitely triggered my love for speed.

The horse that impacted me the most was a tall palomino quarter horse I named Honey Buns. I learned many important lessons from Honey including patience, communication, and how to work through failure, to name a few. I absolutely love to take Honey to the racetrack and let her run full out. The feeling of rushing wind and long strides make it feel as though I’m flying. I’m looking forward to learning more about training young and green horses and learning more valuable lessons.

I know how much a horse influences people’s lives. I love sharing my passion for horses and watching others fall in love with them too. I can’t wait to see how the girls grow at Bridle Up Hope.

Morgan

Hi! My name is Morgan. I just finished my Master of Information Systems Management degree at BYU. You could say I’m a nerd. I love working with technology but my first love was horses. I started riding lessons when I was nine years old. I had always loved animals and was always begging my parents for a pet. Riding lessons were the perfect solution. I got to be with animals but they didn’t live in the house. I fell in love with horses during my lessons.

When I was 14 I was lucky enough to get my own horse. Her name was Maisy and she was a beautiful Palomino Appaloosa. Except for her tail which was eaten by a goat! I learned a lot from riding and training Maisy. I learned hard work, communication, dedication, forgiveness, and patience. I will always be grateful for the lessons I learned and the safe place I had to escape to with horses. I am excited to share my love of horses with the girls here at Bridle Up Hope.

Shannon

 

Hey! My name is Shannon Daniels, and big surprise, I love horses! I grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where my love for animals began to grow. I never played with Barbies or dolls growing up—it was always animals. Because I grew up in Tokyo, I never had the chance to ride horses, but had always wanted to. Once I moved back to the states I was able to pick up horseback riding, and have never looked back! I do an English style of riding called Eventing, which includes three events—dressage, show jumping, and cross country. I competed throughout the years and owned a Mustang named Black Jack and a Dutch Warmblood-Arabian named Levi.

Horseback riding is a huge source of joy in my life. I love horses and am passionate about it. Horseback riding has taught me so much about life—patience, responsibility, accountability, selflessness, hard work, and how to prioritize. I am so excited to share the joy of horseback riding with others!

Victoria

 

Bonjour! My name is Victoria Elle Covey. Let me tell you the story of how I became a Bridle Up Hope instructor. When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with horses. I found every opportunity I could to feed them, pet them, or even when I was lucky… ride them. I begged my parents to let me take horseback riding lessons when I was 12 years old, and they let me, and that’s when I started riding. I fell even more in love with horses. After months of lessons, I got up the courage to ask my parents if I could get my very own horse. My Mom told me, “Get a horse? Over my dead body!” On the other hand, my Dad told me, “If you save up enough money to pay for half of the price of the horse then you can get a horse.” So, I took our agreement seriously, started saving up money from baby-sitting, doing odd jobs, and selling old items around the house. And believe it or not, saved up enough money to buy my first horse named Tarzan!

After owning Tarzan for a few months, my older sister Rachel said, “Wait a minute, I love horses too. I want to buy a horse as well so we can ride together!”  While working with our horses, Rachel and I became the best of friends. Rachel did Endurance Rides, and I did Rodeo Queening. I would come to her Endurance Rides and support her, and she’d help me at my Rodeo Queening competitions.

Rachel changed my life in so many ways. She helped me find more happiness, confidence, patience, love, self-esteem, and ultimately hope through our horses. I know the hidden power horses have on girls. They transform our lives in an unspoken way. My goal as an instructor at Bridle Up Hope is to help every young woman find that hope through our horses!

So not only did horses change my life, they also changed the life of my sister, Rachel,  and ultimately changed the course of my family.  After Rachel passed away in 2012, our family established Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation, dedicated to helping young women build hope and confidence through equestrian training.  I feel so lucky to be an instructor at Bridle Up Hope.