Emily Keene

About Emily

I’ve had a passionate love for horses since early childhood, and have been teaching and training for 30 years.

In this time I’ve taught children and adults, in privates or large groups. I’ve taught Western, Jumping, and of course Dressage. I’ve been a trail guide, a scout badge teacher and horse camp counselor.

Personal experience includes Competitive Trail Riding, Endurance Racing, Hunters, and Dressage. My time spent in these disciplines, especially Competitive and Endurance riding, instilled in me an appreciation for the value of riding over varied terrain, and a love for the Arabian breed.  Now, my Dressage horses go out as often as possible. Over the years I’ve worked with most breeds of horse, at every stage and age from weanling on. I use a lot of ground work and natural horsemanship in my training.

Dressage has been my focus for 23 years. I school all the Grand Prix movements, and have shown to PSG (recognized) and I-1 (schooling).


Ribbons Medals
  • USDF Silver Medalist
  • USDF Bronze Medalist
  • USDF Horse of the Year, 4th level
  • Region 5 4th level Champion
  • Region 5 3rd level Reserve Champion
  • New Mexico State Champion PSG
  • New Mexico State Champion 4th Level
  • Coached New Mexico State Champion Training, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level as well as earning a USDF Bronze Medal.
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Primary Influences Include: Sarah Hall, Kate Dodge, Mary Wanless, Linda Tellington Jones, Clinton Anderson, Joanie Bolton, and Terry Coppin. I’ve cliniced with Christine Traurig, Conrad Schumacher, Edward Gal, and Sandy Howard, among others. I traveled to Germany to train with Hans Biss.

Horsey Love

Atmosphere & Attitude

I provide a relaxed atmosphere for my clients. Our barn is one with good camaraderie, non-competitive and fun. I’m passionate, approachable, and patient.

While training and lessons are the primary components of my program, I really enjoy working with people and their horses on all aspects of care and partnership. Hoof care (I’m a proponent of barefoot when at all possible), nutrition, saddle fit, dentistry, body work, and the emotional needs of horse and rider are critically important in creating harmonious partnerships.

Any student who is sincere, regardless of saddle type, type of horse, age, or experience is welcome in my program. I’m happy to teach students from other disciplines and horses of any breed.


Personal Life

I tend to be attracted to things like Dressage that require years of study, introspection, persistence and connection with self or others.

When I’m not at the barn you can find me practicing Bikram Yoga, tango dancing, or curled up with my kitties and a good book.

Galloping Horse Happy Horsey