Western and English Riding Instruction
and Hippology, the study of horses

Instructors:  Barbara and Joseph Kostelnik
Assistant: J. Solomon Kostelnik

Working with horses develops many personal qualities that last a lifetime:
self-confidence -- responsibility -- kindness -- fitness --
 physical and emotional wellness --- plus, it's so much fun!
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That program is no longer supported by MS nor our web service provider,
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Meet Our People

Head Instructor and Trainer

Barbara Kostelnik has been an ardent student of hippology (the study of horses) and riding since she was very young.  Her earliest lessons were in hunt seat, then later she learned the various forms of Western riding, and the balanced seat, and has been improving upon all of them constantly during her 40+ years as a rider and 20+ years as an instructor.

Her students have astonished other riding instructors with their progress.  She teaches a balanced relationship with the horse -- and a balanced seat.

For the past 13+ years she has also been a student of equine color genetics, and is known worldwide as an authority on horse color and its inheritance.  She has created many web sites about various aspects of the subject, including http://www.HorseColors.us, is in the process of writing a book on the subject, and co-founded the International Champagne Horse Registry : http://www.ICHRegistry.com

She is a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association.

Assistant Instructor, Horse Trainer and Ranch Hand

Dr. Joseph Kostelnik , shown here with his trick horse, Doc, has studied equine behavior, body language, tricks and safety for over 15 years, and has been riding for over 20 years. His style is Western.

He is Accredited-In-Training with Frank Bell of HorseWhisperer.com, and teaches Frank's 7 Step Safety System, as well as other techniques and theories including some of his own and some of others.

He's also does some some equine skeletal manipulation therapy.

He's our NUMBER ONE ranch hand! 



Assistant, Assistant Trainer, and Ranch Hand

J. Solomon Kostelnik
is known for riding bareback. He prefers to ride without a saddle, pad or bridle... and has been known to ride with no "tack" at all... not even a string!

At left, he's riding Sugar his favorite way... in just a rope halter.  He's one of the only adults we allow to ride without a helmet. The thumbnail below shows about the only time we've seen him in even a cowboy hat.

Solomon knows his way around horses very well, having ridden and helped with them since 1987.  He's often around to help during lessons, adding a lot to everyone's learning experience and enjoyment.

You can "meet" some of our past & present visitors, friends, students and their families on Sugar'sDoc's and Amir's pages.

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CONTACT INFO: you may EMAIL or PHONE Barbara at 513-385-6735 (or text at 513-356-2817)
The stable is on Blue Rock Road, which is named after Blue Rock Creek,
replete with slate and shale, which is more or less ... "Blue"!