Allyson is an instructor and trainer based in Buellton, CA. She uses a blend of classical training theory, positive training techniques, and sports psychology to develop the potential in her equine and human clients. Allyson particularly enjoys starting young horses and re-training spoiled horses. She loves working with students of all ages, focusing on sound fundamentals and a “positive, patient, persistent” approach, and integrates mental and physical wellness to her program with her equine massage therapy practice.
In addition to being the owner/operator of Hartenburg Equestrian, she is also the Regional Supervisor for Rocky Mountain Region Pony Clubs, and sits on several United States Pony Clubs committees. She is active in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), as well as the local equestrian community, and looking to create new contacts and take on new clients after her move to Buellton in May 2018.
Allyson is a 2016 graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM), and is excited about offering equine bodywork as a service available to her clients. She believes a balanced, holistic approach including training, healthcare, and nutrition is key to success. She is a certified Equine Therapeutic Massage Therapist (ETMT), member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB), and insured through Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). She is proud to work as an instructor of equine massage at RMSAAM.
After moving to California in 2014 with her husband, who is in the Air Force, Allyson decided to turn her passion for teaching and training into a full-time business. She founded Hartenburg Equestrian, and in addition to her private clients, worked as a barn manager for 4**** eventer Jennifer Wooten/Trinity Eventing in Santa Ynez, CA, and as head trainer at Dutch Meadows Equestrian Center in Santa Maria, CA from 2014-2015. She served as head coach of the United States Air Force Academy Equestrian Team, which competes in Zone 8, Region 5 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) from 2015-2016.
She has been involved with Pony Club in many roles, including Team Manager for the 2015 International Exchange team in Toronto, Ontario. Before graduating as an H-A certified member in 2014, she traveled to instruct at clinics across the US with the Visiting Instructor program, and helped develop national policies and programs as a member of the National Youth Board. She has been an active member of USPC since 1997.
Before embarking on her career in the equine industry, Allyson worked as a therapist at National HealthCare of Greenville in Greer, SC from 2010-2014. She has a bachelors degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation) and minor in Psychology from Clemson University. She still maintains her board certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). While in college, she worked at a local Therapeutic Riding center while balancing a job in retail as well as teaching riding lessons part-time and competing her personal horse.
As a teenager, she worked as an assistant at a local vet clinic and waitressed at a local restaurant in order to fund her horse habit, but Allyson’s passion for horses began long before that. Growing up with her parent’s horses on their farm in Ruffin, SC, she might as well have been “born in a barn”, and began taking riding lessons at age four. Throughout her childhood, she competed in eventing, dressage, and jumpers in the southeastern US.
Allyson is currently accepting horses in her training program, students for instruction, as well as equine bodywork clients, and is available to travel to your facility.
Please contact me for current rates and availability.