About Kari Ann
Ann Owen was once 98% mobility impaired from crippling sciatica, and
still requires a service dog's assistance on steps and inclines. Her
disabilities have motivated Kari Ann to serve others. Kari Ann is a
Registered Instructor certified by the North American Riding for the
Handicapped Association (NARHA) in June 2004.
From world-renowned Centered Riding* clinician Lucile Bump, Southmowing Stables, Guilford, VT, one of only fourteen Senior Level IV instructors in the world:
"Kari Ann rode well when she was here at Southmowing Stables. She rode Momo, one of our Percherons, having never ridden her before. Kari Ann performed walk trot and canter,
working through fear with determination. She even went on to do turn on
the forehand, leg yield at walk and even at a trot.Well done, Kari
Kari Ann was a riding student in English and Western riding
and horse sponsor and trail rider for several years before her sciatic
nerve injury in 1993 had her briefly in a wheelchair, and after her
injury was a devoted student at Cornerstone Equestrian Center, a NARHA/PATH Intl.
therapeutic riding center in the Napa Valley.
As her injury became more manageable, Kari Ann's riding skills
progressed, as did her horse knowledge. After a 118 pound weight loss in
December 2000, Kari Ann's late husband, physical and soul giant Silas
S. Warner, bought Kari Ann her first horse, an Icelandic named
California Joss (Jocelyne). Jocelyne and Kari Ann ribboned in several
Kari Ann began teaching disabled and abled riders in the Summer of 2001,
and completed all NARHA (now PATH International) requirements by June 2004, gaining
instructional certification in June 2004, Kari Ann spent two and a half
years as a NARHA-certoified instructor at Cornerstone Equestrian Center and
founded Wildhorse! in November 2006.
Deepest gratitude is owed Kari Ann's many instructors for teaching her joyful and skilled horsemanship:
- Natalie Rooney Pitts, US Dressage Federation, assistant Lisa (dressage)
Sarah Crary (English equitation)
Lynnette Belt (Western equitation)
Becky Hart (Centered Riding)
Michelle Motyl (dressage and equitation)
Patty Walters (Western equitation). Patty has been CA State Horsemans Association Trail Trials and Horsemastership Director.
Chris Rossi,US Dressage Federation (dressage)
Lucille Bump (Centered Riding).
- Margaret Edison and Peggy Persico, dressage.
- Shelley Scott, all around instructor in English and Western
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