Owner, Program Manager, and Horse Trainer
My name is Elizabeth Weaver and I am the owner and project manager of Northwest Equestrian.
I fell in love with horses after watching the Saddle Club series as a fourth grader. After that, I always pictured myself having my own horse and riding wherever I wanted to go and spending days at the barn. I was lucky enough that a small semi-private barn allowed me to do work in trade for lessons to help me start into my horse journey. This barn I continue today to train part time and board my horses at. I spent Saturdays, summers, and days after school mucking, sweeping, and other barn chores that would earn me a ride. I worked myself from the bottom all the way to working at summer camps to teaching lessons and training horses. I worked my way to show and compete in low level dressage (training and schooling first level) and schooled low level eventing (grasshopper and intro). As I have worked in this world of horses, I've been lucky to be able to find way to continue and build this passion in creative manners. I had the determination to completely funded this passion out pocket by myself. I was not as lucky to have parents who paid for lessons or anything. This made my goals harder and slower to achieve, but as I worked through challenges, I believed I could beat the impossible. Today, I am currently striving to work in the Washington National Guard full time and train horses part time and working on managing this business and creating events, equine facilitated programs, and expos. I enjoy taking my horses out to shows, trails, doing expos, and spending quality of time with them.
I have been fortunate enough to train in lessons and clinics with Anke Brandstater, Kathy Casey, Eric Noel, Adria Fix, Kate Ebbage, Mercedes Andazola, Cari Shwartz, Christine Simpson, Suzanne Kernek, and Megan Lawer.
I have audited Lisa Wilcox, Anne Gribbons, Carrie Harnden, Mette Rosencrantz, and Kristi Wysocki dressage clinics.
I have shown and competed at several shows, level 2s and 3s recognized show and earned scores in the low to mid 60s
I have experience being a crash dummy for horses starting out and enjoy helping horses build fitness and better carriage as they work. I also enjoy working with horses on the ground and doing desensitization and exercises that will help them in the saddle. I have worked with gaited breeds, starting horses undersaddle, mustang gentling, foals, horses of all disciplines, and rehab horses.
I look forward to getting to know and work with you!
Emma has been an equestrian for over 15 years. Before Northwest Equestrian, she was a riding instructor at Horse Sense Riding School and Joy Rider Horsemanship teaching from kids to adults of all skill levels.
Emma enjoys riding western, but can teach both English and Western. Emma's approach to teaching and training is all about having fun but keeping clear communication between horse and rider. Emma has a lot of fun games and exercises to help keep the ride fun and engaging while learning how to work with the horses.
Emma has trained and mentored under Judy D Kurilo at JDK equine. Along with that she has experience working with rehab horses and experience handling young foals.
Emma looks forward to getting to work us and help build creative ways of learning for both humans and horses!