Outdoor Nevada | Sheridan Creek Equestrian Center

Outdoor Nevada | Sheridan Creek Equestrian Center


♪♪♪I’ve seen Nevada
from the sky,
from the water
and from the land.
Now I’m about to see it
from the back of a horse.
Kristen, hi.
-Hi. -Nice to see you.
-Nice to see you too. Welcome to Sheridan Creek.
-Boy, it’s beautiful here. Kristen Roberson
is the owner
of the Sheridan Creek
Equestrian Center
here in Gardnerville.In town your reputation is you treat these
horses like gold. -Oh, thank you.
They’re like our kids. -How many do you have? -We have about 43
on the property. -And do they all have
different personalities? (Kristen Roberson)
Every horse is
completely different, so they all need to be
treated differently. They get fed differently and they have
different equipment. Every single one has
their own personality.The equestrian center
opened its doors
eight years ago
and offers boarding,
trail rides, lessons
and summer camps.
Kristen,
I have to tell you, I’m so excited about
doing this today. The setting of your facility
here near the mountains is just spectacular,
and it feels good here. -Thank you. I think
we have happy horses here. -Who’s this?
-This is Max. He’s an appendix
quarter horse. He used to do
three-day eventings. The first phase of
three-day is dressage, the second is
cross-country jumping, and the third is
show jumping. -All right. Is this
my horse for today? -Yes. -So in one word,
what’s Max’s personality? -He’s a hard worker,
an absolute hard worker. Several years ago we thought
about retiring Max because he’s no longer
a young horse. Every day he would
stand there at the gate and stare at us. He was very unhappy
about the fact that we were taking everybody
else out and not him. -Really?
-Oh, yeah. Max is 30 years old
and an award-winning horse.
Go ahead and put
the helmet on. -You get people coming here
at all different levels. -Yes, we sure do. Our youngest student is two,
and our oldest is 87. -Awesome! I’m somewhere
in the middle. Okay. What do I do? -You’re going to put
your left foot in here, and you’re going
to stand up and put your
other hand here and swing your leg around.
That’s perfect. -Oh, Max,
I’m loving you. -Close your fingers, and you’re going to go
just like that. Then kick him
to make him go. ♪♪♪ Hey! -Pull back on your reins
to make him stop. -All right.
I’m going to stop for a second, Max,
and wait on everybody else.Kristen assures me that Max
and I are in for more than
just your run-of-the-mill
horseback ride.
But first, assistant
trainer Rebecca Schaa
provides me
with some instructions.
(Rebecca Schaa)
Keep that tall back, and you want your shoulders,
hips and heels lined up. Toes up, heels down. That’s where you get the best
balance and the best control. When he starts trotting,
your first reaction is to move forward
and go like that, but it’s the worst
thing you can do. Stay tall and relax.
-Okay. -Get him walking again. ♪♪♪A few runs
in the indoor arena,
and I’m ready to
explore the outdoors.
♪♪♪ Do you think I’m ready? -Absolutely.Kristen and Rebecca
take me on what’s called
the ranch ride,
the perfect trail
for observing wildlife
and getting some fresh air.
All right, Max, come on. Let’s go have some fun. ♪♪♪ We have 85 acres here,
and it takes a little over an hour to go
all the way around it. It’s a really nice ride
for people that are beginner
to intermediate level. One of the advantages
of this ride is you get to look up
at Job’s Peak out there. ♪♪♪With over 10,000 feet
of elevation,
Job’s Peak stands out
in the Carson Valley.
The peak is named
after Moses Job,
who opened a store
in Sheridan, Nevada
in the mid 1800s.♪♪♪After an hour of riding
through the ranch,
I feel reconnected
with nature,
and it’s time
for my next adventure.

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