About Us! My name is Elizabeth Keck (I usually go by Beth for short) and my husband is named Michael. We moved up to Idaho Falls a few years ago after getting married in Logan, Utah. We have loved being up here! I grew up in Logan, Utah and my husband grew up in Northern Utah. We enjoy being in the outdoors and our hobbies include fishing, camping, hunting, riding and anything else that gets us outside! We have 3 big horses, 6 minis, and 4 shetland ponies right now! (You can learn about them on the next page!), We also have 4 doggies! A wirehair pointer named Lexi (or Fuzzy Face) an irish setter named Kimber, a crazy little border collie puppy Cooper, and the one and only Bentley-a spunky little yorkie. We also have a few giant fish tanks. We love animals of all shapes and sizes. We really enjoy training Kimber, Lexi, and Cooper in Search and Rescue. Kimber passed her NAPWDA certifications last year and we couldn't be more proud of her! Kimber is certified in both tracking and area (live) search. Lexi and Cooper have both been started on HRD and are doing great, they are great little puppies and have been wonderful to work with! We really love these crazy, high drive, hyper working dogs!!!
My Life in Horses:
I grew up on a horse's back. Ever sense I was little I was completely amazed and delighted by them. I grew up trail riding with my family in the mountains and I took every opportunity I could to be around our horses. We rode western and I learned how to be a very practical rider and I was able to learn the importance of safely, respect, and love for the animals.
I started riding English from a hunter jumper trainer in Brigham City Utah. The switch to English was a big step in my riding career. The steady lessons were a great boost to my confidence and skills. I learned how to jump and as well as many other things.
When I started English riding I also got very involved in the English 4-H riding program we had in Logan Utah. I enjoyed the many events we had and the great group that was there. When I graduated from the program I stayed very involved as an instructor and loved being able to help the younger riders come along. I also started to teach my own students.
I have really enjoyed being able to teach all of the things that I've learned. I absolutely love helping enthusiastic riders find their own love of horses. While I've always enjoyed teaching young children, anyone can learn and grow and they all make wonderful students. I base my lessons off of what the rider wants. I am happy to focus my riders towards the show ring, the trail, or just how to ride better and to learn more about horses.
I have shown a lot through 4-h, and I've also shown in dressage shows, hunter/jumper shows, and a few western shows. I showed on the Utah State University IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) teams. I was able to ride on both their western and english teams and was able to be successful. I learned a lot through through my time riding with them. While I do enjoy showing, I have found that I tend to get more enjoyment out of teaching and training and the progress I get to see with ever ride and every lesson. I love coaching young riders towards the show ring though. I try and have an individual approach and focus towards every rider so that my students can get the most out of each lesson. I know that every rider and every horse are different, and the lessons should be focused so that it works best for that individual student! Sense coming up to Idaho, I've finally been able to work towards my dream of driving. Ever sense I was a little girl in 4-h I've dreamed of having a little mini team to drive. I'm loving working the horses with all the new training with driving! We will also be training Geordi in driving and we are really loving the new adventure. All the horses are doing beautifully in their training.
I like to think of my riding style as well rounded. I have taken lessons from hunter/jumpers coaches, dressage trainers, reining cow trainers, western horsemanship, trail, show coaches, most recently, studied classical horsemanship. I think that there is something to be learned from every trainer. I have always felt that you need to be flexible in your riding and training, that every horse needs something a little different. I never try and force the horse into anything or fight them. I have found that if you listen to the horse and work with them that you can build a great partnership with the horse. I believe in quality not quantity, I want to be able to give each and every student the time and energy they need. I also believe the same thing with training, I think every horse needs special attention, and I dont over book myself so I have the time and energy to really focus on each horse. I believe every horse is different and they don't fit a perfect "form". Every horse should be worked with they way THEY need. There is no perfect way to train every horse, they are all different and I really enjoy learning along with the horse. I always work a horse day to day and how they are doing then. I believe in really laying a good foundation and not rushing any horse in to everything. I really love horses and I truly treasure every day I've been able to be around them. They have taught me so much, not just with riding, driving or teaching, but in life. I really believe they can truly touch our souls. They have really become my friends, teachers and a true partner.