Naomi Barker, a Colorado native who grew up in Clark, CO. Naomi has been at Perry-Mansfield since 2005. She started riding at the age of 5. She has 8 years experience teaching horseback riding and 15 years experience training horses. Naomi learned classical riding and horsemanship in the United States Pony Club and 4-H. She has a strong background in Dressage and Eventing, as well as Western Riding. She has competed in local and regional shows, 3-day events, Pony Club rallies, Gymkhanas and rodeos. She also has a degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Mountain College.
Tessa has lived and worked as an Equestrian Instructor in Steamboat Springs for 11 years. She began her riding carrier at age 10 when she started training at KJM stables under Dawn Mackorkel in Tulsa Oklahoma. She began as a hunter with her appendix gelding, Dreamer; she won Reserve Champion in her division through HJEO (hunter jumpers of eastern Oklahoma) in 1994. She showed on the A and B rated circuit since she began riding in 1992 and has been an active member of HJEO, AHSA, and CHJA throughout her riding carrier. She moved on to purchase her 6 year old jumper, a Salle Francis mare from France when she was 16 years old. Around this same time her and her family moved to Colorado Springs where Tessa rode at Penrose Equestrian Center under trainer Maria Long. There, she showed junior jumpers all over the Colorado state hunter jumper circuit until she graduated from high school. After high school Tessa moved to Steamboat to attend CMC where she began instructing in 2000 at Perry Mansfield camp under former director Tina Shmizer. Tessa has taught at Perry Mansfield almost every season since 2000. Upon completion of her A.A. from CMC in 2003, Tessa transferred to Boulder to attend CU where she attained a B.A. in psychology as well as a B.A. in philosophy. In 2007 she attained a job instructing for Christy Mcroy at Saddle Mountain Ranch. She then moved to Mesa Equestrian Center in 2008 and enjoys teaching beginning through intermediate hunter jumper there. Tessa’s students are very active in numerous equestrian events all over the Yampa valley including, Pony Club, Gymkhana, Yampa Valley Horse Shows and all of the local county fairs. Tessa is also currently receiving her Master’s degree from CSU in social work while working at Mesa & Perry.