Sky View Farm
Robin’s Nest team works out of Sky View Farm, LLC. Sky View Farm is located minutes from Castle Rock/Lone Tree (Figure 1) and is a self-sustaining business where 43 horses are boarded. Ms. Wendy Ingraham, the owner and manager, has the vision of creating a community. In addition to horses, the farm has chickens, rabbits, ducks, a miniature horse, cats, dogs, and a garden. There is an outdoor and indoor riding arena, and a cross-country riding trail is being developed. Sky View Farm is located within the bussing district for elementary schools in Castle Pines, which will allow us to have after-school activities with direct transportation.
Wendy Ingraham is a Michigan native and the owner /founder of Robin's Nest Foundation. Before her work with the foundation, Wendy practiced her love for health and fitness as a professional athlete for 20 years. During this time, she repeatedly saw support for the adage "anything you can do, I can do better" comparing herself as a female competitor versus her male competition. She recalls being the very first person out of the water at triathlons (whether male or female). Men would line up behind her, knowing she would pull them through the water. In the end, though, Wendy says, "It's not a matter of winning or losing. It's giving it your all that makes you better than anyone else."
Wendy took this mindset with her when she founded Robin's Nest. She realized that being able to communicate, groom and deal with such large animals can be a very empowering experience and wanted to share that with others. Not to mention, with today's open spaces disappearing at a rapid rate, Wendy wanted to develop an open space to explore, use imagination, get away from the noise of electronics, and be with nature and animals.
In the wake of tragedy, after losing three very close friends to depression, Wendy felt it was her mission to find a way to help others accomplish goals and build self-confidence to make them feel worth living for.
And that's just what they're doing at this amazing little farm in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Elaine Marion TRI, ESMHL
Elaine has spent a lifetime pursuing her education as a horsewoman and has learned from nationally and internationally acclaimed horsemen. She has been training horses and instructing riders for over 20 years. Her multidisciplinary background includes Eventing, Dressage, and Jumpers as well as some experience in western disciplines such as Ranch Versatility. Elaine holds certifications through PATH Intl in both Therapeutic Riding as well as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is also a USDF Silver Medal rider.
Sharon Tiraschi, CTRI, MMES
I was introduced to the world of horses over 30 years ago when I was just about 7 years old. Since my first day at the stables, I've essentially never left! I caught the horse bug in a serious way, and now I work to help humans and horses have the best interspecies relationship possible.
I enjoy teaching both English and Western riding to recreational riders of all ages and abilities. I'm a certified riding instructor with PATH Intl, and I've also held a CHA certification in both English and Western riding instruction. In addition to teaching riding, I'm a horse trainer and horsemanship coach/consultant. In my work, I always put the horse first and try my best to look at the world from the horse's point of view. I strongly believe that in all we do with horses, we must start from a place of love, connection, and relationship first.
Because I believe that education and evolution in horsemanship never really stops, I'm currently working on certifications in holistic horsemanship (with Anna Twinney of Reach out to Horses), Masterson Method, and saddle fitting (with Saddlefit4Life). Bringing bodywork, saddle fitting, and a holistic approach to horse training, care, and management to my existing instruction and training practices has made a world of difference to the humans and horses I am privileged to work with.
I first started teaching riding in 2002, and since then, I've served as an instructor, trainer, barn and equine manager, riding program director, and much more, across California and Colorado. I love to teach people about the big wide world of horses and not just about riding, as my goal is to help develop true horsemen or women through my program. I bring my entire 30 plus years of equine education and experience to every session in order to offer the best and most complete experience and support for you and your horse, and if I don't have the answer, I will work tirelessly to find it for you!
Peggy Henninger, PHD
A Colorado native, Peggy has lived in Douglas County for over thirty years. Peggy and her husband have 4 children, who came without instructions, but with different learning styles and needs. She has tutored and worked in schools as a Learning Specialist for over twenty years.
Her educational background is:
- Bachelor's degree in Social Work, CSU
- Master's degree in Special Education, UCCS
As a parent of a child with special needs, Peggy was inspired to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. She is currently finishing research for her dissertation on "Parental Stress and Coping When Having a Child with an Uncommon Disability".
She has experience with Wilson, Orton Gillingham, and Edmark training. Peggy loves when she is able to help children develop their own academic skills, even with different learning styles and abilities.
"My heart has always been helping children and their families, and I will continue to do that, however I can. I am grateful to be able to work and further educate children in an out of the box learning atmosphere." Peggy says.