Amy's gift for teaching horse care and horseback riding was very apparent and she had an obvious love for working with kids. Amy decided to start Amiable Sporthorse. She received certification through CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). As her business grew, she began adding adult students as well. Amiable Sporthorse acquired a few wonderful lesson horses and established a location on the west side of Petaluma. Amy is currently seeking students from Petaluma, Novato, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sonoma, Napa, San Rafael, Mill Valley, San Francisco, and the North Bay region. Amy also travels to client’s homes and facilities to teach and train.
In 2014, Amy learned about Art2Ride when Dr. Joanna Robson recommended it for a horse Amy was training. When Amy did her research, she was so excited to find a training method that made so much sense and put the horse’s physical development first—strengthening a horse’s back and core. Amy has had the privilege of riding in several clinics with Art2Ride Trainer Karen Loshbaugh. (www.art2ride.com) Amy has gained invaluable information from Art2Ride.
January 2020, Amy became a Certified Art2Ride Associate Trainer. Understanding how Classical Foundation Training can improve a horse is so exciting. Dressage is for everyone and every horse!
Amy has also been practicing Intentional Horsemanship with Trainer Alex Clerc who is an Associate Trainer for Mark Rashid. This work addresses being present and intentional about your horsemanship and helping horses deal with their emotions. Amy has seen huge positive shifts in her training horses since practicing this method.
Amy Savage Flores is a trainer who is constantly putting the overall well-being of her horses first—both physically and mentally. Horses have so much to offer us if we are willing to let go of our agendas and listen to them.
"All my life, I've been passionate about horses and passing this on to my students is my life's mission. Dressage, when ridden properly, is such an amazing tool for success whether you are headed toward competing or simply building your skills. And just as importantly, I work with my students to learn proper horsemanship, in the saddle and on the ground. Being an educated equestrian means that you learn about saddle fit, nutrition, body work, shoeing, training, ground work and riding. When you focus on all these aspects that contribute toward a happy, healthy horse, you set yourself and your horse up for success. Horses teach us responsibility, compassion, teamwork, and confidence. These are such valuable life lessons."
-Amy Savage Flores