SC Training is has two locations:
Oak Valley Equestrian Center in San Dimas, California in San Gabriel Valley.
Southern Star Stables in Norco, California that serves the community of Riverside.
Here at SC we offer a variety of services, striving to help you perfect the relationship you have with your horse and providing the solid training that your horse needs to excel in their discipline.
Shaunna C. is the face behind SC Training Stable and has always had a passion for horses. She has worked her way from working student to assistant trainer and now has a few years under her belt as an independent trainer.
At the age of 7, Shaunna started competition in Baby Green Hunter C-rated shows and quickly progressed to A-Level shows. Although she started her career competing as a Hunter Jumper, she realized her true passion was in training horse and rider to become the perfect team.
Shaunna’s training methods are rooted in Natural Horsemanship and she is well versed in different training techniques to ensure that there are multiple options for each horse/rider team that she encounters.
More than anything, Shaunna likes to maintain a laid back and fun atmosphere – which, in her world, means you work hard and have a lot of fun doing it!
We offer a variety of services, but a few of the areas we specialize in:
* Foundation Training & Colt Starting
* English & Western Pleasure Riding
* Endurance & Trail Riding
* Horsemanship (All Around)
* Private Lessons
Training a horse isn’t about the illusion of control, it is about understanding and mutual respect between horse and rider.
My training methods are rooted in Natural Horsemanship and I am a firm believer that no one method can work for every horse; furthermore, it takes the understanding of that particular horse to craft a training program that will end in success.
My Core Beliefs:
* I believe that there are times to be aggressive but above all I believe that patience and assertiveness are key to a rewarding experience.
* Training isn’t just for horses; have an open mind and be willing to learn.
*Providing a solid foundation for both horse and rider can’t be done overnight. I respect limits, but I will push toward them in order to see forward progress.
*Keep things light and fun. We should be able to work hard and still enjoy what we are doing.
We offer a variety of services and cater to both horse and rider at the highest level.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us to discuss your needs and how we may be able to assist you.
Why are you based in two locations?
We started out based in Norco and have had the opportunity to move into the location in San Dimas. We love the Norco location and would never leave it, so now we have two facilities that broaden our client base and keep us busy doing what we love!
Do you offer mobile training?
Yes and no. A lot of times, especially in Norco, we have people who own horse property and would prefer not to move horses off site if they don’t have to. We’re happy to offer mobile training services to locations that are local to either training facility and some surrounding communities. We’re not available to train outside of a certain distance or location (ex: Lancaster or Apple Valley, etc…).
Can I send my horse to you for training without having to take lessons?
If you want to, sure. Please understand that our emphasis is not only on training the horse, but the rider as well. We offer free lessons with our training plans and encourage owners to take advantage of them. If you’re sending your horse off for training/starting in preparation to sell and the lessons are not needed, we’re happy to extend the offered lesson time into extra training time.
Do you offer group lessons?
Unfortunately, we do not. Our stance is that each horse and rider team deserves the instructor’s full attention and we aim to make the most of the time each rider spends with the instructor.
Why do you require that each person taking lessons have their own horse?
Again, our goal is to improve each horse and rider as a team. If you’re borrowing a horse from a friend or leasing a horse that would be fine as well, so long as we have written consent and release.
If I want to show, will a trainer accompany me to the show?
Of course! Our training isn’t done just in our arenas, it continues outside the area and into new situations as needed. If you want us to show with you, we are happy to do so.
Training with us means that you’re committing to at least one full month with the understanding that farrier, vet services, and boarding are not included.
This program is ideal for problem horses, horses being groomed for the show ring, and horses that are just being started.
The ideal program for finished horses that need to be maintained, horses that need conditioning after a lay-up or before a sale, or horses that need more mileage on them.
Custom program designed for horses that are not ready for saddle training. Each horse is different, however it is strongly suggested that when started a new horse you consider at least one month in full-time training.
For horses that need a tune-up every now and then or need to be evaluated for further training advice or purchase advice.
My goal in giving a lesson (both English and Western) is to impart a solid foundation in Horsemanship. What exactly does that mean? It means that I am trying to craft a mutual respect between horse and rider so that communication between the two flows naturally. I am a firm believer that horse and rider work best as a team if they understand one another; that not only requires effective communication, but a strong leadership ability from the rider. I aim to teach every student how to be an effective leader and provide the tools for success in the saddle.
I offer private lessons in both English and Western styles of riding and require that each student has their own horse.
How Lesson’s at SC Training Progress:
Schedule of Lesson Fees (2013):
Boarding & Extras
SC Training operates out of two separate locations:
Oak Valley Equestrian Center in San Dimas has an excellent staff on-site that feeds twice daily (Alfalfa at 6am & 3pm) and cleans once per day.
Oak Valley Facility Amenities:
Boarding at Oak Valley Equestrian Center starts at $475 for 12×12 Box Stalls (with tack shed included).
Southern Star Stables in Norco is a laid back, quiet, family atmosphere that has an excellent record of happy horses and boarders. They have no staff on-site, but horses are fed twice (alfalfa or orchard) and stalls cleaned daily.
Southern Star Facility Amenities:
Boarding at Southern Star Stables starts at $225 and there is a wait list.
SC Training Extras:
**Please note that horses in Full or Partial Training with SC Training have multiple Extras already included in their training rate.
Training tips, tricks, and overall horse-sense that we feel should be more common.
We’ve had Lacie for just over a week and she has proven to be a diamond in the rough!
Her first week at her new home consisted of simple turn-outs and pampering. She got a hair cut, a good bath, and is on her way to looking like a proper Hunter. I guess you could say that this first week was pure evaluation and learning a little bit about who she is and what she is comfortable with.
We did discover, however, that she enjoys jumping… all on her own. There are several jumps set up in our arena and she enjoyed taking the 3 foot fence without prompting. I am eager to see how she does in the future!
Today was her first time with a surcingle on (it is time to build some muscle and get a proper head-set) and she mastered it like a pro, working off voice commands as though she has been doing this for ages. Again, I am very eager to see how she progresses but I am convinced that she just needs a job to do and is more than willing to do it.
Hopefully we will have some video for you next week, if not then a few pictures of Lacie during her routine work-outs.
Meet Lotta Texas Charm, or as Dani and I call her, Lacie. She is a 9 year old thoroughbred rescue that was seized from a former racing trainer over 2 years ago; she has 5 starts at the track and 1 win under her belt, with total earnings just over $27k.
As I mentioned before, Lacie was part of a seizure of 16 horses from a former trainer due to neglect. Since her confiscation, she has been at the Riverside Animal Shelter and fed until her heart was content. Dani and I have been in search of a project horse that could possibly have a forever home with Dani or in my training program. Since we don’t have much of a history on Lacie, it is going to be a learning process for us all and we’re going to hope she turns out to be the perfect horse we think she is!
What we do know so far – she loads and rides in the trailer like a champ, bathes without issue, ties without issue, and seems to have no issues with being touched anywhere.
Her first turnout and bath were today and I think Lacie is thankful to be home. Although she is a healthy weight, her top line is non existent and her hind end is stiff. Lacie stands at 16.3 (possibly 17hh), has beautiful long legs, a gorgeous copper coloring, and 4 perfect white socks – she is certainly a looker and hopefully a great jumper. Our plans for her include a lot of ground work, round pen work, and surcingle work (when she is ready) before we start riding.
Overall, we are pleased to have her here and I think Dani and I are going to have a blast with her. A very special thanks to Donna for making sure Lacie found a home with us, she is one excellent volunteer and horse woman!
Stay tuned for weekly updates on Lacie!
First and foremost, it should be noted that I am a huge advocate for bareback riding and feel that it benefits the rider in a great deal of ways.
Each student that comes to my barn or takes lessons with me is started with bareback riding lessons, even if they are seasoned advanced riders. I view bareback as the basic style of riding that every rider needs to familiarize themselves with.
I feel so strongly about bareback riding for a few reasons:
Along with the good comes the bad…
Excessive bareback riding can lead to poor form and possible discomfort of both horse and rider due to the confirmation of the horse. I also have to mention that riding bareback can increase the risk of injury to a rider in an uncontrolled environment. Take it in moderation and be safe when you do.
It is my belief that bareback riding has a place in every trainer’s repertoire. It shouldn’t be done in excess, but long enough for a rider to find their center and improve their balance/coordination; once a rider has that, well, you can graduate to a saddle. When my riders get sloppy, saddle comes off and they find areas they need to focus on with the saddle – it is a great training tool and refresher for any level rider.
At the end of the day, be smart about the way you ride and always strive to be the best you can be.