Meghan Rawlins

Cedar Vista Stable's resident head trainer and owner, Meghan Rawlins, is a dynamic, involved and perceptive trainer. She maintains the belief that both horse and rider require an enthusiastic, creative teacher to enhance their progression and create a successful, confident, happy horse and rider. Her teaching and training is based on the philosophy of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Meghan teaches classical, correct riding and training. She customizes her program to each horse's athletic and mental ability, and designs lessons to focus on each rider's personal goals. Meghan is a strong and caring coach who caters to the needs of all her students.

A very active member of the horse community, Meghan enjoys coaching all levels of riders from beginners to upper level competitors. Her extensive background with all types of horses makes her proficient in training everything from young horses to problem-solving and retraining difficult horses.

Meghan's extensive show career in dressage, 3-day eventing, hunters and jumpers includes shows at such prestigious locations as Spruce Meadows, Thunderbird Show Park and many other competitions of that level. As well, she currently coaches clients at this level of competition. She is actively competitive on her own horses, as well as client horses, along with coaching students at various shows.

Besides being a current Equine Canada, Horse Council of BC and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) member, Meghan also has her CHA Coaching Level 4, Standard First Aid and CPR, as well she is an Equine Canada 'S' Senior Course Designer, Equine Canada 'r' judge for Hunters and Jumpers and a USEF 'R' Hunter/Jumper course designer. Recently, Meghan achieved her FEI level 2 course designer as well.

Meghan considers riding and teaching to be a life-long learning process and attends clinics and workshops several times a year. She believes that both horse and rider need a safe, fun environment in which to learn. In order for riding and training to be successful, there must be mutual care and respect between both horse and rider.

"For horses can educate through first hand, subjective, personal experiences, unlike human tutors, teachers and professors can ever do. Horses can build character, not merely urge one to improve on it. Horses forge the mind, the character, the emotions and inner lives of humans. People can talk to one another about all these things and remain distanced and lonesome. In partnership with a horse one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion."

-Charles de Kunffy