Horses Galloping, Students Learning

1 decade 9 months 1 day ago Tuesday, April 17 2007 Apr 17, 2007 Tuesday, April 17, 2007 5:52:40 PM CDT April 17, 2007 in News
It's just another day at the stables for these horses. But for riders at Stephens College, it's their chance to learn from one of the best.

"Different seminars and clinics for different colleges around the world, and of course Stephens being the oldest and the premier one here in the Midwest, it's great to be here," said riding champ Richard Shrake.

Shrake has been riding horses for as long as he can remember.

"I probably was on my first horse, my father said, when I was two," Shrake said.

He has been teaching for the last 20 years, and says results can happen quickly.

"In one hour, show everybody that you can teach a person whose never rode before how to ride," Shrake said.

Shrake came to Columbia because of a friend.

Becky Clervi teaches at Stephens College, and sets aside her time because of the animals.

"For the love and the passion for the horse," Clervi said.

For Shrake and Clervi, being around horses for only a short time, can change your life.

"In one hour, just by petting and handling the horse, you're caught, you're hooked, and horses become really great."

Tomorrow night, riders from Stephens College will be teaching two people who have never ridden a horse before how to ride.

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