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Riding Staff at Cedar Lodge Resident
year-round staff include Chris Cochrane and Amy Edwards,
co-owners of Cedar Lodge Stables. Chris and Amy went into
business together in 1980 and over the years have evolved into a
full service horse facility. Both come to the table with a
variety of unique and specialized skills. Some skills are
similar, some are unique to the individual. Their ability to
specialize in different areas, has enabled Chris and Amy to hold
a strong foundation in all areas of their stable operation, while
assuring the ability to support each other if needed.
Chris and Amy believe that good school horses are a must to any good teaching facility and keep a large school string on a year around bases. Most of the yearly care of the horses falls directly on them. In addition to the string of 30 school horses, Cedar Lodge Stables is a year around boarding stable and hosts a string of boarded horses.
If there should ever be a question about the care and handling of horses at Cedar Lodge, one has only to look at the 40 well fed happy individuals in Chris and Amy's care to realize that their fears can be put at rest.
Keeping with their determination to be as high a level of teaching facility as they can, Chris and Amy over see the summer camp riding program very closely. Between the two of them they cover all the highest level riding classes to assure that the level of teaching is kept up to their ideals.
About the Staff:
Chris Cochrane: Chris started riding in Cleveland Ohio. Chris focused on
dressage for 5 years before switching over to hunters\jumpers
because, she says, "I wanted to jump". When Chris graduated from
high school, she took a job at a large Hunter\Jumper barn in
Seattle, Washington riding sale horses and teaching lessons.
Chris stayed in Seattle for 4 years, but always felt there was
something missing. Eventually, Chris moved back to Cleveland and
enrolled at Ohio State University, majoring in animal science. It
was in college that Chris met Henry and Velda Tatter, owners of
Camp Watervliet for Girls. Chris worked for Henry and Velda for 2
summers as head riding instructor at their summer camp.
It was Chris's first experience with summer camps and she was hooked. When Camp Watervliet sold and consequently started being run by Eddy and Stella Edwards (See Camp History), Chris not only decided to continue with her summer job, she decided to realize a life long dream. Chris took a leave from college one year short of a degree in Animal Science Nutrition, and moved to Watervliet, MI to start her own stable.
The stable name was eventually changed to Cedar Lodge Stables to fit the camp, and after 4 years of running the business alone, Chris was joined by Amy, just fresh out of college. Over the years Chris has ridden, taught and judged. Chris holds a clinic instructor rating with CHA and has taught clinics in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, and Kentucky. Chris teaches most of the year around lessons at Cedar Lodge Stables, over sees the management of stables horses and acts as Show Team Director for the camp show team. Most weekends from May to Sept. are spent at horse shows, or recovering from horse shows. Weeks in between are spent teaching a large variety of students, planning the next showing experience or teaching at one of the Cedar Lodge riding weekends.
Edwards started riding what ever camp horses were owned by her
parents at Lakeside Farm Camp. Though the camp always had horses,
they were definitely not the specialty of the camp at the time.
Most were ill mannered and poorly trained, with any knowledge
they had being western training. Amy rode western for the first 8
years, showed locally once a year with the 4-H local fair
and mainly riding for pleasure (commonly referred to as back
yard riding) down trail the rest of the time. When time came to
move from the much loved pony to a horse, Amy bought a back yard
horse that she was told wheat better English than Western. After
a few years on her own, and the realization that she was in over
her head, Amy sought English riding lessons from a woman that had
started a stable at another camp facility run by her parents.
That was the start of Chris and Amy's relationship.
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