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Nikki Medrud -- Riding Academy Manager & Lead Instructor

 
After working for years as one of our Riding Academy instructors, Nikki assumed management of the program and continues our mission of providing a fun, safe and productive class environment for riders of all skill levels. She has updated our program with new camp activities, riding instructors and improved facilities for our Riding Academy horses.
 
Nikki ensures that our Riding Academy instills in its students a respect for horses and what they can teach us about ourselves, in the saddle and out. Her goal is to turn out confident and competent riders who are ready for the next step in their equine education.
 
Nikki participated in 4-H, United States Pony Club, and FFA in high school, and received her USPC C2 rating before heading to college where she began her undergraduate studies in Equestrian Studies.
 
During her college years, she joined the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and had the opportunity to compete at the 2008 IHSA National Championships. After graduating, Nikki completed an internship with Westwood Eventing in Roseburg, OR where she honed her riding skills and trained her own mare for the jump ring.
 

"Our summer camps offer a fun and educational program with beginner and intermediate level camps to choose from. Beginner campers are introduced to the horse with instruction in proper grooming and tacking, and mounted lessons in basic balanced position. Intermediate camps are designed for campers who are proficient in steering at the walk and trot and want to improve their riding skills. The ideal candidate for this position will have a thorough knowledge of horse handling skills, equine safety rules, be willing to work hard and have a good sense of humor. The position is primarily instruction-based in both riding and equestrian care. Topics such as veterinary care, feeding, and parts of tack are covered each day as part of the camp curriculum. Camps run from late June through late August. Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references by May 25th."

Nikki Medrud, RA Manager; 503-636-1319 ridingacademy@lakeoswegohunt.com