-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
Amy Waud-Reiter- Lesson Client
I purchased a little Spanish Arabian named Hawk. I had horses as a child growing up and in the past 15 years had gotten away from it while raising a family. So when I purchased Hawk I was so excited to back into horses once again.
I thought I had done enough by taking lessons a couple of years before I bought him to prepare myself for having a horse of my own.
Although Hawk unfortunately was not as trained as I was told, I still believed he was the horse for me. The timing was really Good for me too. My dad just met Hawk just two days before my dad passed away. Having Hawk in my life at this time was very special and healing.
Before I met Ann, Hawk and I while getting to know each other had a bad accident. While out riding early spring some sprinklers came on near us and spooked Hawk which resulted in both of us falling over and my ankle getting was crushed underneath him.
After all of this Hawk and I really needed help. I needed to regain my confidence again and Hawk was still pretty green and needed some help as well.
Before Ann I had been told by a couple of trainers here in Davis that Hawk may be to much horse for me, and to think of getting a horse more calm, older and experienced. I was devastated.
I found Ann searching online in a desperate attempt to find another answer. I found Ann and she really is incredible!
She was patient, listened to me and made me feel that with focus, dedication and time Hawk and I were not a wrong match.
Ann is so professional. She is honest. Her approach to horse training is kind and assertive. She helped me regain my confidence.
Everyday is still work and Hawk and I are doing well, but I feel confident knowing she is always there to help me when I need it.
Sense I have been at the barn we're she teaches I have enjoyed watching her train other green horses. She is awesome to watch. Ann has also been giving my daughter riding lessons in hopes one day being able to ride Hawk as well.
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!
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
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 extraordin
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
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 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