Ariel Hug

ETHA Trainer

Address: 1470 Larimer Ridge Parkway, Timnath, CO 80547
Phone: (570) 665-1301
Cell: (570) 665-1301
E-mail: arielhugreining@gmail.com
Website: N/A
Expertise: Western/Reining
Event Types Jumping, Trail, Reining
Years Experience: 20
Onsite Clinics? Yes
Willing to Travel? Yes
Willing to Train Outside Horses for ETHA Events? Yes
Preferred Contact Method: Phone/Email

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.

For as long as Ariel can remember she has been drawn to horses. She began her competitive riding career in the hunter/jumper discipline and in 2010 moved onto western as the Assistant Reining Trainer at Double J Ranches in Pennsylvania. She learned a broad array of skills including colt starting, reining and how to be a better horseman. At the tender age of 21, Ariel worked hard and won the NRHA Rookie Professional World Title and Reserve World Title in the Limited Open.  At the end of the show season she amassed over $25K in NRHA life time earnings. She then got offered the Assistant Trainer position with top reining professional Adam Hendrickson in Colorado where she trained under Hendrickson for three years and added another $4K to her LTE.  She also expanded her knowledge as a horse trainer, teacher and coach.

She was an Assistant Coach for the University of Colorado’s English and Western riding team in addition to coaching the ISHA team (collegiate riding program). She also assisted in coaching the local IEA team (middle school-high school riding team) before she decided to tackle another challenge. She currently works out of Mountain View Ranch & Stables in Fort Collins CO where she is their western trainer and has private owner horses in training plus horses owned by Mountain View. She trains, shows, coaches and performs horse sales. She has a large lesson program with beginner horses all the way up to finished reining horses and cutters. Ariel has also has cultivated a strong trail discipline at Mountain View via a very challenging obstacle and trail course that includes a teeter-totter bridge and shower curtain drapes just to name a few.  This has provided a perfect environment to develop, desensitize and train trail horses and their riders.

The most rewarding aspect of Ariel’s work is being able to help horses and their owners grow as partners.  The biggest mistake she sees is with people not taking their time or having enough patience with their horses. She knows that if you rush a horse into anything you will not have the foundation to fall back on if something starts to fall apart.

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