Our Wonderful CRA Staff
Head Instructor/Company Owner
I was born and raised in Southern California. I started riding when I was 7 and for the first few years I rode and showed western with a private trainer. Around the age of 10, I began riding at the LA Equestrian Center at their Traditional Equitation School. There, I trained Western and after turning 16, Hunter/Jumpers. I started as a working student and over the years eventually worked my way to Horse Camp Assistant/Instructor and then to Horse Camp Director and Substitute Riding Instructor. After graduating high school, I did a year studying Equine Science at Pierce College. I went to classes while still continuing to work at Horse Camp, Teach Lessons, and ride/lesson as much as I could. Realizing LA was not the right fit for me anymore when I turned 19, I decided to moved out to Colorado to live and work at Lost Valley Ranch, where I met my wonderful husband. After a year at Lost Valley, my husband and I got married and decided to stay out in CO permanently. I then began working at Denver Equestrians where I instructed full time and ran their kids programing.
I began to work for Colorado Riding Academy in late 2012, right as the company started. In August 2013, I pursued and achieved my Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification through PATHint. I then began doing therapeutic lessons and horse conditioning for Praying Hands Ranch part time and lessons and horse training for CRA part time. In May 2014 I took over as head of CRA! Once I took over the company, my husband and I knew that we wanted to live where our horses were. In April 2015 we purchased our current and final location on 40 acres in Elizabeth. After a lot of hard work, dedication, and support from clients and staff, CRA made its final move! Between having a blast at summer camps, playing riding skill games in lessons, and designing a program that is educational and enjoyable I can honestly say that I have loved every second of life with these amazing animals and having this career! I love working with you and your kids and I truly enjoy what I do!
Growing up in Colorado Bridget began riding at an early age with her grandfather and father. At age seven she rehabilitated her mare, Foxy, after a severe muscle atrophy in her left hindquarter. She primarily rode gaited horses in her youth, and has extensive knowledge of gaits and gaited horses.
Bridget was introduced to therapeutic riding as a volunteer at Connections Therapeutic Riding Center. She quickly learned to appreciate the independence horseback riding gives special needs individuals. After moving to Savannah for college she continued to volunteer at both Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center and Heroes on Horseback. Her volunteer experience included traveling with the center to Special Olympics Georgia, where she served as a groom for competing riders. During her time at the Savannah College of Art and Design Bridget participated on the ISHA team and showed on the hunter circuit. During a summer break she purchased Cherry, shipped him to Georgia, and started him under saddle. After showing him locally she leased him out as a lesson horse.
Bridget also worked as a riding instructor at Lawton Stables while attending SCAD, teaching hunter lessons and managing a large summer camp program. She received her PATH certification in 2011 and worked as an instructor at Wish Upon a Horse Therapeutic Riding Center in its first year.
She returned to Colorado to complete her bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Northern Colorado and served as the program director for Connections Therapeutic Riding Center, specializing in autism spectrum and sensory disorders. In Colorado she purchased and expanded Colorado Riding Academy. Colorado Riding Academy focused on beginner riding lessons for children and adults. There she managed the care of school horses and boarded horses, including several senior horses. During that time she also worked independently starting horses under saddle and rode regularly with a British Horse Society eventing instructor. When she moved back to the low country in 2014 she was thrilled to have the opportunity to begin teaching in the area again. She enjoys helping riders reach their goals and improve their skills. In 2017 she decided to move back to CO to be closer to her family but she didnt want to stop teaching and living her dream so she also returned to CRA to teach and help manage the barn.
Meet our Horses
Mr. Rocky & Princess
Cimarron & Misty the Unicorn
Billy Bob & Theo
Last but not least, Our barn dogs Brutus & Odin!