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- Chris StankoHigh Country Working EquitationChris Stanko has been teaching and training horses and riders for over 40 years. Chris has been working clinician the past 15 years. She has participated in many equine disciplines from 4-H, Little Britches, Ranch Horse Versatility, Eventing, Natural Horsemanship, and Classical Dressage to Western Dressage and now Working Equitation. She has trained with several world-renowned clinicians over the years.
Chris is one of the founding members of High Country Working Equitation. She is a national competitor, Executive Board member of the Confederation for Working Equitation, a student of the Pedro Torres Academy of Working Equitation and an Ambassador for The Confederation for Working Equitation.
Chris first learned about Working Equitation (WE) in 2008. She was captured by the spirit of the sport; it became her passion. She believes Working Equitation creates a strong partnership and foundation between horse and rider that allows them to perform WE with finesse and grace. It doesn’t matter what tack is used, but it does matter how tactful you are with your horse.
Chris teaches Working Equitation clinics all over Colorado. She believes in training horses with correct biomechanics, which means taking the time it takes without shortcuts and riding with a soft and gentle purpose. This approach allows horses to remain sound and as pain-free as long as possible. She believes Working Equitation is the best cross-training for any horse in any discipline.
- Lauren GueswelLauren Gueswel Working Equitation
Lauren Gueswel is a national level Working Equitation coach and competitor, as well as an active board member and 2020 President of High Country Working Equitation (HCWE). She is also a regional director for the Confederation for Working Equitation. Her background prior to her passion for Working Equitation included Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, breed showing, endurance, 4-H, and several other equestrian aspects throughout her life that have made her the horsewoman that she is today.
Lauren believes that Working Equitation provides a sport in which to train (or cross-train) your horse to lightness and the higher levels of the training spectrum while keeping it fun… continuously improving the communication, trust, and relationship between horse and rider. Her techniques have been influenced by various international and US coaches including Nuno Matos of Portugal through the Pedro Torres Academy of Working Equitation. In 2019 she earned the honors of National Champion with WE United and Reserve Champion with The Confederation for WE in Level 5. Lauren’s techniques apply to all disciplines to help horses find balance, lightness, and self-carriage… and she finds that the Working Equitation obstacles are a great way to teach and test the attainment of these attributes. Lauren is known for her kind, patient, encouraging approach toward students and horses in training. She coaches a dedicated group of Working Equitation students who come from varying backgrounds, as well as teaches regular clinics at Plane View Farm in Erie, Colorado.