PAM ROUSH - OWNER & TRAINER
Pam Roush has successfully trained blue ribbon horses, riders and drivers for over 25 years. She has shown all over the country and has earned several nods for her success in and out of the ring. She started out as a young rider in equitation and became a popular catch rider for many different horses and divisions due to her expertise in the sport. She has competed in classes ranging from 3-Gaited, 5-Gaited, Park, Pleasure, and Equitation. Pam has also achieved great success showing road horses under saddle and to bike, as well as road ponies. She has trained several Best of Breed horses, an honor given by Saddle and Bridle magazine. These horses include CH My Heart, Top Star Willie, and Galahad’s Gold Mine. All of these horses have also been named Horse of the Year by the UPHA Chapter 16. Additional horses with award winning records include Rumblestrip and Telemark’s Choice who are USEF blue ribbon winners for the Southeast region. All of these horses still remain under Pam’s remarkable tutelage. One of Pam’s favorite horses and greatest accomplishments was training the phenomenal road horse, The African Queen. In 2006, The African Queen was crowned the World’s Champion Youth Road Horse to Bike. In 2016, Pam added another World Champion to her credit when her home bred colt My Pot of Gold became the Amateur Yearling Futurity World Champion at the Kentucky State Fair.
Her many horse’s accomplishments truly compliment her own. She has received acclaims including Sportsman of the Year Award - Tampa Charity Horse Show, Trainer of the Year, and in 2020 she won the UPHA Shirley Parkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. She has held the position of President for the United Professional Horseman’s Association Florida Chapter 16, a nationally accredited agency, for 4 years. In the 2017, Pam was chosen as a judge for the Saddleseat World Cup Team and traveled with them to South Africa, where they were winners of one gold and one silver medal. She remains dedicated to the mission of the World Cup and is involved in their events each year either as a coach or by managing the preparation of the many donated horses used during the events. Aside from training, Pam is also a judge in her area and is Chairperson and creator of the Summer Fun Horse Show in Tampa, Florida every June.
Monthly Fees for Training: $1200 per month
This is training for you and your horse. You will have two lessons a week and will be working on various techniques of improvement for the show ring or personal development and goals. The rest of the week will be private training for your horse. Your horse will receive a private stall with daily cleaning, self watering buckets, and fresh shavings. They will be fed twice a day along with electrolytes and any other supplements needed, plus fresh T&A hay for maximum performance. (We accommodate saddleseat riding/western and or driving and include Saddlebreds, Standardbreds, Friesians, Morgan’s, and Hackney Ponies). Avalon will also break horses for riding and or driving at this facility. Training of alternate platforms of riding will be considered on a case by case basis.
(Prices as of 2/20) Prices subject to change please call to verify.
Lonna is the leader of Avalon's Academy program. She teaches beginner to advanced horseback riding lessons in saddleseat, western, and hunt seat. She grew up in the Tampa Bay area riding and showing saddleseat. In May 2010, Lonna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Science from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. Her first "real job" out of college was teaching and growing Heathermoor Farm's riding program near Birmingham, AL. Lonna believes that horses teach us many life lessons, such as perseverance, patience, and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.
Holly had her first horseback riding experience with Avalon stables at 9 years of age and fell in love immediately. She began taking lessons, attended camps, volunteered with rescue horses, and spent time at the barn on Saturdays. While attending a local college, Holly worked part time at Avalon, grooming and tacking up horses in exchange for riding lessons. Eventually, that turned into a full time job opportunity. Her heart jumped at the thought of having a dream job, so of course she accepted! During the first few years Holly spent time learning in every position possible at Avalon. From working with the show horses, to feeding, to running camps, and teaching lessons. As her skilled developed, Mrs. Pam noticed she had a knack for teaching beginner lessons to horse crazy kids. It’s something about seeing a child’s eyes light up when they first swing a leg over that hit a special place her heart. Horseback riding teaches many life skills, such as confidence, overcoming obstacles, and building trust between themselves and their four-legged partner. Over the years Holly has been able to take a child that has never ridden a horse before in their life, to the show ring. Not all students show, but it is a special kind of rewarding to see a child skills develop from a leading type lesson, to their first solo experience.
Our junior counselors are the best! From taking care of our kids at camp, to greeting visitors to Avalon and helping each new student get ready for lessons, our junior counselor team is invaluable! Abby, Ellie, Josie, Ava, Kayla, Ella, Lorilei, Jake and Elise are always ready to lend a helping hand. The girls even got Jake on a horse this summer! These kids are great role models for our younger students and campers, and we are so proud of their love of service.