Lucky Charm Riding Center

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Scott Scheyli has been with us for over 25 years.  He has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, and is truly gifted as a trainer/instructor.  He focuses on using a positive approach to teaching, and specializes with Youth and Amateur competitors.  His students range between 2 and 82 years old, and vary from casual riders to those preparing for national competition.  Over the years he has produced many successful National Champion horses and riders, including the #1 ranked horse and rider in the nation for several consecutive years!  Scott trains many disciplines including Western, English, Hunter, and Over Fences.  He has a special affinity for both Arabian and Quarter Horses, and also has extraordinary skill with Trail and Showmanship competitors.  His outstanding reputation and winning record speak for themselves!

Barbie Patterson is a Tucson native, and has been riding horses for over 30 years.  She is a graduate of the University of Findlay with degrees in Equestrian Studies and Journalism.  Barbie was very fortunate to have had a great youth horse show "career".  Showing Western, English, and Hunters Over Fences, she has had multiple top tens at both the Arabian Youth National Championships and the All American Quarter Horse Congress, as well as finalist at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championships.  In her final youth year, Barbie was Reserve National Champion in the American Horse Show Association Reining Seat Medal Finals.  Throughout her youth, Barbie also remained an active member in 4-H.

In 2001 Barbie was a member of the University of Findlay's National Championship Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team.  During summer breaks from school, Barbie worked training horses and giving riding lessons at the facilities of multiple national and world champion trainers in the U.S. as well as in Europe.

Barbie started to give lessons at the age of 14 and has always enjoyed teaching.  After graduation from the U of F, she moved back to Tucson and returned to giving lessons to youth riders.  Barbie then went to work for the American Cancer Society for 5 years, and successfully competed as an adult Amateur rider during that time.

Following the birth of her son in 2008, Barbie left ACS to spend more time with Sam and started teaching riding lessons again part time.  Sam is now 5 years old and her second child, Daisy, is 2.  Going back to teach has been a great balance for her life.  Barbie loves to watch her students learn and grow as horsemen and women as well as watch the benefits of horses and riding have as they grow in their everyday lives as young men and women. 

Kaitlyn Dirkschneider is currently a student at the University of Arizona, studying for an Equestrian Science degree.  She has vast experience riding, training, and showing her horses.  She rides English and Western covering a wide range of disciplines including Western Flat Classes, Reining, Gymkhana, Roping, English Flat Classes, Jumping, and Cross Country Jumping.  She has been active in 4-H for 9 years, serving as President of Silver Spurs, Secretary of Pusch Ridge Riders, and Pima County Horse Advisory Board member.  She is also a member of the United States Pony Club, achieving a "C2" rating.

Kaitlyn has had many successful show experiences.  Receiving 5 first place buckles at each of the 2012 and 2013 State 4-H horse shows, spread among the disciplines of Western, English, Roping, and Jumping.  She achieved the reserve overall high point for Pima County 4-H in 2010 and the overall high point in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Kaitlyn is one of a very few youth that competes in the general divisions of National Versatility Ranch Horse Association.  This competition contains elements of Reining, Cutting, Roping, Trail, Ranch Riding and Conformation.  In 2013 she was the Arizona Year End Overall Reserve Champion, Trail Reserve Champion & Ranch Riding Competition in the Intermediate division, and at the National Championship, she was Overall Reserve Champion, and Trail Champion in the Intermediate division.

Kaitlyn has been working with young riders for 4 years, including United States Pony Club, neighbors, "Just Horsin' Around" horse camps, Pony Horse foundation, and our own Ironwood Ranch.  Her horse ownership and care along with Pony Club Horse Management teachings give her a good base of equine knowledge.  Her accomplishments have been achieved through training of her own horses and she is ready to pass that experience along to a new generation of riders.
Jennifer Harris has been an avid horse person for over 35 years.  She attended William Woods College (now University), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Science as well as Business Administration.  She has had formal training and experience in Western, Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, and Dressage.  As a young person, she showed avidly in a number of types of competitions, and was an active member of 4-H.

Over the years, Jennifer has had the opportunity to experience many different aspects of horses including training under some nationally renowned trainers as well as independently, being a trail guide on dude ranches, pleasure riding, as a therapeutic riding assistant, gathering cattle for ranchers, private riding instruction, etc.

Jennifer has a profound love for horses and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, enabling them to have the most positive experience possible.  She is a patient and knowledgeable instructor, and enjoys working with all levels of riders/horses.