Simon Horsemanship, LLC


Ann is amazing! We worked with her for about 2 years. The first year we leased one of her horses and the second, she helped us with the purchase of our own horse and subsequent training. My daughter is 12 and absolutely loves Ann! She is patient (12 year old girls?!?!), always remains calm and is always willing to help. Once we got our own horse, she helped immensely with figuring things out for us and our new purchase! Can't recommend her highly enough. The only reason we still aren't training with her is because she relocated. We miss her!!!
-Gina Charbonneau- Training Client

I am so grateful that I found Ann Simon (Simon Horsemanship). I had a horse as a kid and rode bareback fearlessly through the hills of Marin. I started back into horse's 5 years ago (late 40's) and had a couple scary experiences and lost my confidence. I worked with a couple different trainers but just wasn't progressing or thrilled with my riding. Then a friend highly recommended Ann. I now have been taking lesson's with Ann for over a year and feel 100% better. I'm now excited about riding again. Her horses are well trained, which it makes it easy to relax and focus. After each lesson I feel my head is a bit higher, my shoulders more square and looking forward in the direction I want the horse to take me. I even love ground work now. I had no idea how important AND fun that could be. It's wonderful to have that connection again. I leave the barn with a huge smile and looking forward to my next lesson.

Ann's amazing to watch when she's working with clients horses. She's extremely knowledgeable and a very talented rider. She genuinely loves horses and wants the best for horse & rider. I'm looking forward to finding my own horse and working with Ann to continue this wonderful journey!

I would recommend Ann to any level of rider or horsemanship ability.

Thank you Ann for helping me Live my Dream!

Tracy Thompson- Lesson/Training Client


Ann is the best!!  I searched around for a while for a trainer that would work with my horse Reggie and help me sell him (we were moving out of state and couldn't take him).  Reggie is a special horse with issues due to his previous owner being very abusive to him.  I am a novice owner so I didn't know how to detect or handle the signs.  I knew something was wrong with him and that he needed a special trainer to work with him.  Ann was wonderful, she took a lot of time with Reggie and really figured out what made him tick. She didn't just jump in to train him enough that he could be sold. She really worked hard with him breaking down what his issues were and what needed to be done for Reggie's best interest. 

 After we moved she would text me pictures of him and give me weekly updates on his progress.  I was so torn moving and not taking him with us, but in the end leaving him to train with Ann was the very best thing we could do for him.  I can't say enough good things about how she really thought outside the box with his training and took him back to the basics to show him not everyone would beat him.  Every time I saw a new picture or video of him I was amazed at how confident he had become.  When he was ready to but put up for sale, Ann made sure he got the very best home.  I was very impressed how she would tell me, after someone would look at him, that they just weren't the right home for him.  She could of sold him to anyone but took the time to find him a GREAT home with a strong rider that knew how to work with him.

 Thank you Ann from the bottom of my heart.  You were a life saver to Reggie and I will always appreciate all that you did for him.

Pat Richcreek- Training client

We are so grateful that we found Ann Simon at Simon Horsemanship LLC! Ann is lovely to work with and she is extremely patient and kind. Ann has helped our daughter tremendously with her confidence through her training and riding lessons. Riding with Ann is the highlight of our week. We highly recommend Ann Simon as a trainer and Simon Horsemanship.

Amy Waud-Reiter- Lesson Client
I have been taking lessons with Ann and I cannot recommend her highly enough! She is patient yet challenges me to do more than I think I can do. My riding had improved and I look forward to every lesson.

Jill Olson- Lesson client
Ann has been wonderful working with my girls at their own individual pace. Her horses are well behaved and lessons with them are the highlight of our week. I recommend her to all my friends.
Jessica Dee- Lesson client
I took my 3 year old and her two older cousins here for a special birthday surprise. I'd never met Ann before, but she came highly recommended, and she did not disappoint! The girls shared an hour lesson during which Ann taught them how to brush the horse and clean the horse's hooves. She gave them just the right amount of horse "facts" and delivered the info perfectly for their ages. They all got a chance to ride and learned how to ask the horse to walk, stop and trot. I'm not sure I've ever seen bigger smiles on these girls' faces! Even my very shy daughter responded confidently to Ann. I would highly recommend Ann to anyone looking for horsemanship and riding lessons!
Carrie Kohlmeyer- Lesson client

Thank you for the out pour of kind messages and testimonials from students in Anaheim Hills after hearing of my move to American Canyon (in 2015). You are missed dearly!

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We, Layla, Luis & I thank you for the training and opportunity to volunteer for your "Helping Hooves" therapeutic equine program, learning more of Natural Horsemanship and horse training and our riding lessons with you.

I shall always remember little Ryan's biggest smiles upon arriving at the stable, he kept smiling during his therapeutic riding lessons and, despite of any pain, he still smiled when his lesson was over!

Equally fond are my memories of:

The young blind man who seldom missed the net when he threw the ball and, he always sang "Home, Home On The Range" during his "trail ride" of the stable's common areas.

A middle aged woman who has MS, her fight to retain her mobility, especially the mobility of her lower extremities that allows her to drive a non-altered for special needs car and, her continued ability to walk.

The female teenager who has benefited immensely from your therapeutic riding lessons and, her strengthened back muscles allow her to ride with only a waist/ midriff corset.

I also recall the female teenager volunteer who has the physical scars from knife cuts and cigarettes burns her mother inflicted on her body during her childhood until she found refuge with her grandparents. Your "Helping Hooves" program and your horses helped to heal her physical and emotional wounds.

Layla and I too felt the healing power from being around and working with you and your horses! Starting in May 2011 we adopted Starlight N Roses. Through caring for horses, we have met and connected with many nice individuals & families and, in the end, founded our "Horse Family" which is comprised of 2-legged & 4-legged members. We are forever thankful for what you have taught us about horses, have showed us how horses help people to heal and, helped us to realize how much "richer" life is once you let horses teach you what is really important in life!

We wish you, Matt & your animals a safe move to Napa and, hope you will settle nicely in your new home! 

Beate Davis- Student and volunteer

Thank you for helping Tatum become the rider she is. We will never forget you or Gibson. I always felt so safe when she was with both of you.

Michele Pickel, Mother of student

I love Gibson, he's very versatile and lots of fun! I have ridden him for more than three years and have come to love him lots! He's the best horse I have ever ridden. Sadly for me I will say goodbye to him and his owner Ann Simon next week as they embark on a new journey in American Canyon in Napa Valley. I have learned a lot from Gibson but even more from Ann- I will miss her as much as I will miss Gibson! I know you will excel at whatever you do Ann!

Shelly Menelly- Friend, student, volunteer and leaser of Gibson for 3 years

 Ann has an amazing gift. I wish her and Matt all the best in Northern California! Bless you Ann for all you have done for Kid and I!!

Suzie Reeb, Student/training client


Thank you so much for teaching Kevin and I about horses, it has been truly life changing.
Debra Hawes, Student

My special needs daughter Jamie came to Ann as a total beginner about a year and a half ago when her Aunt purchased a lessons package for her as a gift. I admit that I was somewhat skeptical of the whole idea at that time and I wasn't sure how it would turn out. To my delight it has turned out to be an extraordinarily positive experience, not only for Jamie, but for myself and my wife Mary. Jamie has progressed beyond what I ever thought possible. She is a very high functioning special needs young adult, but I never expected her to do so well so quickly. Under Ann's patient guidance she has learned about basic horsemanship and how to handle a horse while in the saddle, up to and including being able to trot the horse, and is even beginning to canter. This has done wonders for her self-confidence and self-esteem. And it gives her something in her life that she truly loves and looks forward to doing, building upon the love she already had for horses. It inspired my wife Mary to begin her own private lessons with Ann, which is going very well indeed as Mary's lifelong dream of learning to ride is now being fulfilled. They both look so forward to their lessons and time with the horses and it's a wonderful thing that brings them both much happiness. As for myself, I have learned much about these magnificent animals, and even though I don't ride or want to ride, I've gotten great satisfaction from seeing the joy it brings Jamie and Mary, and had my consciousness raised about these extraordinary creatures. I truly enjoy the time we spend together with the horses, and I am so grateful to Ann for bringing this positive activity into our lives. Whether it's for special needs therapeutic riding or for private lessons I would highly recommend Ann and her organization. 5 Stars! 

-Tom Rush, parent and husband of students

Our son loves going every Sunday to ride Buster. He has gained so much self confidence since he started back in February 2011.  His balance has improved, and his tolerance to a lot of things has improved. The volunteers are so happy to be there and help. (I think that they get as much out of it as the kids do!)  I would recommend Ann to anyone who is looking to ride and learn more about horses. It is one of the best things that we have ever done for our son.

-Laryn Nolan, parent of Therapeutic riding student

Our 4 year old daughter has many challenges with her trunk control and tightness in her legs due to her cerebral palsy.  She even had to have surgery to loosen her leg muscles and her Dr recommended we get her into a horse riding therapy program as soon as possible.  She began riding two months ago and loves it!  Her trunk control continues to improve with every session.  She sits up much straighter now on her own and has even started talking more.  

-Rachel Sutherland, parent of therapy student

One of the great things about Ann is her incredible calmness and patience with her students and horses. She has an endless amount of both. If you are looking for fun, safe and skilled lessons, this is the place for you and your family. Two thumbs way up!

-Nicole Falconer, training client/student

I used a Living Social (Groupon type thing) to take the girls riding at ___________ Stables with _________ (*edited for stables privacy) .  You are *far* better!  Not many people are good at communicating with children (she wasn't).  You can be sure I will be recommending you (glowingly) to anyone who asks.

-- Michael Campbell, parent of western horsemanship students
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I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude for your expertise and patience working with Jamie. She has gotten so much joy and a real sense of accomplishment from training with you and building relationships with the horses. We all feel very fortunate to know you and about your program.

-- Sue Rush, parent of student