Horses, riding and teaching are my passion. As an instructor, I hope to instill that same passion, emphasizing safety and fundamental skills, whether it be for the pleasure rider or someone looking to compete at the higher levels. I am a Third Level (with jumping) Certified Instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association and have been teaching all ages of students for almost ten years.
I offer lessons to both children and adults in hunt seat, basic dressage and eventing, and particularly enjoy helping riders develop the confidence they need to be successful, no matter what their goals. Students at Blackberry Stables will also have the opportunity to compete at local shows, if they desire.
I have a strong background in training young and problem horses, and look forward to working with owners so that the relationship with their horses is one of mutual respect and trust. I have developed a strong understanding of the skills necessary to ride different horses by riding and showing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and competing at the regional, zone, and national levels placing sixth in the nation.
Having worked at several facilities and camps over the years, I have a sound knowledge of general horse care and horse farm management. With that experience, Blackberry Stables caters to every horse's and boarder's individual needs.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals with your horse!
Blackberry Stables Owners –
Dan Zinke, David and Heather Darnell
Hello! We are the ones who keep the pasture, barn, and arena maintained. We also do advertising and book-keeping. Heather is the one who usually answers the phone and responds to email. Contact us for your horse boarding needs!
Rates at Blackberry Stables
-- Full Board: $425 per month.
Includes full use of the facility, free trailer parking, barn management and horse care by Bri Ambrosic, who covers stall cleaning, feeding, morning and evening turn in/out, handling of blankets at turn in/out, administration of wormer every 8 weeks, and the scheduling of : vet care, worming, shots, and farrier.
Rates vary, depending on which services are desired. Call for rates 828-697-6786
Half-hour private lesson : $30
One-hour private lesson - $45
One-hour group lesson - $35 per person
--Training and Boarding:
Rates vary, depending on what is desired. Call for rates at 828-697-6786 and schedule a visit to Blackberry Stables in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
South of Asheville, from I-26, take exit 44, the Fletcher/Mtn. Home exit. Turn south on business 25 toward Hendersonville. Go 0.2 of a mile. Turn left onto Naples Road. Go 1.3 miles (you will pass Park Ridge Hospital). Turn right onto Howard Gap Road. Go 1.2 miles. At the four-way flashing light, turn left onto Brookside Camp Road. Go 0.5 of a mile. Turn right at address #1216 and you'll be there!