Ariel is an experienced horsewoman and teacher having owned, ridden, and trained horses for over 15 years. Originally from Texas, Ariel has been passionate about horses since she was given her first pony at four years old, but it wasn’t until after high school, when her family relocated to western North Carolina, that she discovered the field of equine therapy and knew she found her calling.
Ariel received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and equine-assisted psychotherapy from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2009. Since then she has held a variety of equine positions, provided equine therapy to children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and clinical disorders, volunteered at a hippotherapy clinic in Mexico, evaluated and trained therapy horses, and instructed individuals of all ages and levels of ability to ride and enjoy horses.
Ariel had strong ties to Colorado, in the form of family and friends, her entire life. She grew up visiting and spending time here, specifically the Denver and Boulder areas, on a regular basis. She always felt a strong connection to this beautiful state and its wonderful people, so in the spring of 2019 she decided to officially become a Colorado resident.