With over 50 years of combined knowledge, the trainers at Coraggio have experience teaching riders of all levels.

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Paige Barnett | Owner/Trainer

Paige Barnett has been riding and competing Hunter/Jumper horses her entire life, successfully competing on the “A” circuit in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California and Texas.

Paige is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she took her horses to school with her to continue showing. In 2003, Paige was recipient of the top 10 Best Young Riders award in Arizona. Paige has continued her education over the years by attending clinics with great coaches such as Dick Carvin, Francie Steinwedell Carvin, Damien Gardner, Bernie Traurig, Linda Allen, and Ragan Roberts.

Paige specializes in the training of the horse as well as the training of the rider. She has experience taking clients and their horses to schooling as well as “A” rated shows, where she has competed anywhere from the baby green hunters to the upper level jumper divisions.

She feels a solid foundation and always going back to the basics are the qualities that create good riders, and emphasizes that riding and training of horse and rider begins before you even sit in the saddle. Paige strives for all her students to learn the deeper connection they can achieve with these animals when they understand that learning to ride is a journey and a process. 

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Cathy Coleman | Trainer

Cathy has been teaching and coaching hunter jumper riders for more than 30 years.  She got into horses at a young age at her aunt’s small stable. Cathy’s early professional years were spent in the Toronto area, where among other things was known to start horses for one of North America’s top hunter riders Wayne Mclellan.

In 1986 she received the equestrian coach certificate from the National Canadian Coaching Program, which included extensive testing in teaching, stable management, written knowledge, and riding. 1989 found her following her soon to be husband to Edmonton, Alberta where she learned what it was like to teach at 40 degrees below zero.  In Edmonton, Cathy ran a sizable program with students showing across Western Canada, including Spruce Meadows. Many of these talented riders qualified and showed at the Equitation regional finals, and in 2004, Cathy was the coach of the winning adult rider and top adult hunter horse.

2005 brought another change of venue (again following her husband) to Southern New Jersey. While in NJ, she was affiliated with Woodedge Stables run by Bob Allen.

Cathy enjoys bringing her years of experience to the clients at Coraggio.

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Amy Gangstad | Trainer

Amy has been riding since elementary school in the Austin area. After graduating from West Lake High School in 2003, she attended St. Edwards University and graduated with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Environmental Science. What began as horseback riding classes at a lesson barn over 25 years ago evolved into the position of assistant trainer and barn manager at a large Hunter/Jumper barn in Austin. In this role for a over a decade, Amy oversaw the care of nearly 130 horses and taught 50 lessons per week for riders of all levels. In addition to teaching at home, Amy has extensive experience coaching riders of all ages in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings at shows, and has won many year-end awards as a rider for clients, including first, second, and third year-end awards in the Green division for the 2015 Centex show season.

To continue her education, Amy has attended clinics with George Morris, Bernie Traurig, and Ragan Roberts. In addition to extensive experience riding and competing in the hunter ring, Amy has also found a soft spot for the ponies and excels at the process of developing a pony from green to kid-safe and showing. With a focus on balance between improving skills and having fun, Amy’s riding and teaching style allows each horse and rider to find his or her potential in their own time. In her lessons, Amy emphasizes positivity, and feels that horses and riders perform their best when they feel good about themselves and develop confidence in the ring. Whether coaching a young rider on the lunge line or instructing advanced students at shows, Amy enjoys helping riders understand their horses so they can communicate better and achieve their goals.

My daughter is so happy with how much her riding has improved as a result of the training program and I’m very grateful for such a talented team of professionals to coach her along the way.
— Denise Bell
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