Our program has been teaching children to ride for 25 years,
some of them starting as young as 4 years old.

A great many have gone on to compete with us in the show
ring, starting in lead line and growing from there.

While our kids take their riding seriously, they never lose
sight of the fact that it's fun.
7 Cemetery Rd  East Windsor, CT 06088   *    (860) 623-2687   *   vaquerotc@aol.com
  " Mike and Laura have helped
me in so many ways! They have
completely transformed not only
my riding ability but my mindset
as well.   Now I can safely and
comfortably enjoy my gelding and
head to the show ring for the first
time in my life :) "     ~ Sharon A.
    “Being a good rider is what I want most to do.  I am at Vaquero
Training Center to accomplish this goal.  So, this middle aged
professional woman (that would be me) goes out and buys a horse
before knowing how to ride.  Fortunately, Finn (the horse) and I landed at
VTC.  Finn’s training was focused on redirecting his “learned” habit of
resisting and fighting the rider.  Could be why Finn was sold at such a
bargain!  Mike is the trainer Finn needed.  It was miraculous to watch the
two of them working together!  I think Mike’s biggest hurdle was my
schooling.   While Finn was in training, I took lessons on school horses.  
Each horse helped me get ready to get back up on my horse!  In
learning, adult students bring a different set of challenges than kids
(fear of falling off).  It takes time to hear and follow instructions without
question.  Mike’s teaching method works and I am becoming a better
rider.  Finn and I have competed at Western Dressage shows, enjoyed
trail rides and continue our lessons all with a great group of riders at
VTC!  Laura and Mike provide a great home for Finn and challenge me to
be a better rider!”       ~ Claire F.
    "I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and have ridden
them since I was a little girl, I took formal lessons for over 4 years and felt
I was a competent rider then I came to Vaquero Training Center and have
been here for over 15 years.  I have been training with Mike for over 15
years and have to say I would never be the rider I am today without his
help.  There have been many tears and smiles through out the years but
the one constant is Mike's dedication to make you the best horse person
you can be so you can help your horse be the best horse they can be.  I
have learned not how to sit on a horse and look good but how to take any
horse and get the most they have to offer from them without cruel
methods.  Riding is a very personal journey and Mike is capable of
recognizing what each person is capable of and what technique works
with that individual person, he will never give up on you and dedicate any
amount of time to make you be your best.  He is willing to work with any
horse and rider and make them the best they have the potential to be, he
is honest about both horse and riders ability and will always put the
horses safety first.  I have relied on Mike for medical advice for my
horses and know my horses are in the best hands I could ever hope for.  
After 15 years of working with Vaquero I have learned so much but the
best part is after every ride I still learn more.  I am the horse person I am
today because of his dedication to my education."   ~  Karen D.