I have been riding, showing, training and teaching for nearly 40 years. I cannot imagine a life that did not include horses. My horse experience began with a focus on full time international showing, training, and teaching Saddle Seat and Western Pleasure, with Arabians, National Show Horses, Saddlebreds, I achieved multiple regional championships, and was named a Top 10 Rider at US Nationals with my mare, Pro's Tango -
(pictured above. Later in my career, I had success showing AQHA Western Pleasure, as well as enjoying cattle sorting, barrel racing, pole bending, and trail classes on a local level with my children In my life,
I have had the honor of apprenticing and training with the top riding instructors and trainers in my breed's industry beginning at age 8 into my 30's. During my time in North Carolina, we had 30 head of horse in training and I began a lesson program that gave 100 lessons/week. Of all of my experiences with horses and showing, instruction brought me the most joy: nothing made me happier.
As my husband and I thought of starting a family, we knew we would need to slow down our pace of life. We moved to the North Georgia Mountains, and opened Blanche Manor Stables. We guided tourists on horseback through the Blue Ridge mountains, and hosted overnight guests in yurts and our guest lodge. I also trained a team of Belgians draft horses. We gave hayrides through a local apple orchard and carried Santa through the local Christmas parade every year…so much fun! Our four children also started to ride during this time, so our entire family adventures in AQHA western pleasure, team penning, barrel racing, roping, trail riding, and of course many mini horses pulling carts all around the farm.
We moved to Monroe County to give our children access to more educational and social opportunities, and found our perfect farm home! In the Summer of 2017 we sold our ranch and business in North Georgia to enjoy our 11-acre farm full time here in Macon with our 4 children. I cannot imagine a more perfect place on earth! We share our farm with our 4 Quarter horses, a mini donkey, a small herd of Boer goats, half a dozen laying hens, two working dogs, three sheep, three rabbits, and our cat. Please read more about them on our farm friends page!
I am very excited to be able to have the thing I love most be part of my life – teaching riding lessons. My goal is to teach a horse and rider to work as a true team. This involves learning the language of the horse, and becoming balanced, agile, and confident enough to speak this language on the move! I love to share anything and everything I have absorbed throughout my horse training career. This means one lesson we may be cantering around barrels, navigating an obstacle course, perfecting a pattern of perfectly measured circles at the trot, or mastering the dynamics of bending and flexing a horse to get their body and mouth responsive and flexible. Come back next week and we may not even use the english or western saddle, but have a bareback lesson to work on the riders seat. It all just depends on what the rider and horse are needing - the possibilities are endless! The one thing my lessons all include are increased self confidences, learning art of true horsemanship, getting a great workout, and LOTS OF FUN!
My personal journey with horses began 45 years ago, with one hour each week at age 8, I cleaned stalls and tack for an extra lesson on Saturday afternoons. There was nowhere else I wanted to be, I was enchanted. Lessons led to showing, fox hunting, and hunter pace events. I had the privilege to work with some of the most amazing instructors and trainers, who taught far more than the mechanics of riding!
My professional horse experience began as a groom and an A.I Assistant on a quarter horse breeding farm in Virginia Beach, VA. During this time, I also continued training and showing in the hunter-jumper discipline. My love for showing, riding, and teaching led me to accept a position as barn manager at Princess Anne Farms, in Virginia Beach. Once the seat of the Princess Anne Hunt Club, it was a heritage stable steeped in local history. There, I was responsible for school and boarded horses, training, lesson program, and planning of events. We hosted a variety of local events, having the only indoor arena in the area. I was doing exactly what I was meant to do, and I loved it!
Teaching riding has always been dear to me. My students were more like family than pupils! One very special student at Princess Anne was Amy. She had been hit by a car while riding her bike when she was nine years old. The resulting brain injuries caused multiple emotional and physical challenges. Amy’s mom sought out an Equi-Kids therapy program, but the waiting lists were long. This is where myself and a Haflinger cross named Max had the opportunity to help. Through her lessons on Max, Amy developed her muscles, and gave her focus amidst the chaos she was experiencing. Being a part of this transformation through riding was humbling, and gratifying. This was the magic of horses.
My varied experience with horses, trainers, and students formed my approach to teaching. There are three distinct parts. First, I feel it is primary for students to develop a relationship with horses by understanding equine body language and communicating effectively. Secondly, developing a true balanced seat in students gives them a foundation for any riding discipline they choose. A truly balanced rider will be confidant, and so will their mounts. Last, and perhaps most important, I will endeavor to give my students the positive experience that will keep horses in their lives.
A growing family led me to continue riding instruction and training only in my spare time. I knew eventually I would be able return to teaching full time. In November 2016, my husband and I took the first step toward my dream by purchasing our 5.5 acre farm, Journey’s End, in Monticello GA. We have several of our own horses, and this is home.
I am so happy to be back to instructing full time again! I look forward to teaching riders of all ages the joy horses can bring at Blanche Farms in Macon GA. I can promise my lessons will always be a positive experience with new challenges each time for horse and rider.
~People will tell you a story, but a horse will tell you the truth~
Hi - I am Allison Claire. I have spent a lifetime training and instructing riders and horses. I love the horses that other people give up on - finding what makes them tick and bringing them to to their full potential.
I have received regional awards for barrel racing, western pleasure, cattle sorting, and reining. Although these are the disciplines I have received honors in - I love teaching all styles of riding. As long as you’re on a horse, its a good day!
I love teaching the art of teaching the rider to speak to the horse using tone of voice and subtle body cues. The confidence and sense of accomplishment when horse and rider connect and grow together is the reason that I love to teach.
I am excited to be a part of the team here at Blanche Farms, and I look forward to passing on the knowledge I have gained through a lifetime of coaches, instructors, trainers, and of course horses!.