Sally A. Nolte
(formerly Cochran) is the owner and head riding instructor at Equine Kingdom Riding
She started riding at age 10, after begging for riding lessons for quite some
time. She started out learning Western Pleasure with Marge Reese in Ohio. Her
family moved to Colorado shortly thereafter, where she took Saddleseat and
English lessons at the Lazy J Bar S Ranch in Loveland, CO (http://www.willowmere-equestrian.com/)
for several years.
Having a family that moved a lot was never easy, but it sure led to a lot of
wonderful riding instruction experiences! Sally went on to take barrel racing
and English hunt seat lessons in West Virginia, English lessons at Reinmaker
Farm in Oak Ridge, NC, and jumping lessons from another instructor of Flintrock
began teaching lessons in summer of 2004, when she moved her first horse,
Prissy, to a farm that let her teach beginner lessons. From there, she
progressed to teaching lessons at Magnolia Farm Riding Academy in Jamestown,
Still Water Farm in Summerfield, Best Friends Farm in Greensboro, and
temporarily at a friend's farm elsewhere in Greensboro.
In June 2010,
Sally purchased her own property at 3809 SE
School Rd (no longer located there), Greensboro, NC. It's 7.5 acre farm with lots of pastures and
paddocks, several hay barns, a large sand lighted riding
arena, 17 stalls, and currently 11 horses.
Sally became certified
through the American Riding Instructor's Association (ARIA) in March of 2009.
She is a Level 2 certified Riding Instructor in Recreational Riding and Hunt
Seat On The Flat. She is also a certified PATH Riding Instructor - the
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. She hopes to become certified in several other disciplines in
the near future.
She currently teaches several days a
week and on the weekends. She offers
English and western riding lessons, birthday
parties, trail riding packages,
clinics, summer camps, and
Sally loves to teach, and makes
her riding lessons as fun and interesting as possible. She has a different
lesson plan for each week so every rider gets as much experience as possible.
She is energetic and encouraging, helpful and enthusiastic. She'll make your
riding experience as wonderful as it can possibly be, with a combination of
excellent training and amazing horses.
She is excellent at teaching timid
or fearful riders, and considers her expertise in working with beginner riders.
She does not do a lot of "show" instruction, and prefers to start her riders off
well and with an excellent foundation. Some of her former riders have gone on to
become quite successful in their various fields!
Nolte loves to have fun, and can often be heard joking around, or seen wearing
crazy outfits. Her "crazy hats" are known throughout the barn family in the
winter, and for Halloween 2010 she showed her horse at a rated show dressed as
Batgirl and Batmobile. They were quite a hit, and her horse, Mystique, was very
tolerant. All the horses at Equine Kingdom are well trained and bombproof under
Sally's tutelage. Eight of the currently eleven horses here belong to Sally A. Nolte. All eight of her horses are lesson horses approved for most levels of
riding. There are currently several boarders at Equine Kingdom as well!
Sally has been teaching riding lessons for over twelve years, and has never
taught the same lesson twice! She tries her hardest to keep things interesting
and all her students learn something new with each lesson. She teaches as young
as 3 years old with no age limit!
Sally began teaching at Shooting Star
Horse Farm in Greensboro in May 2016. She has quite a few students each week,
from young beginners to older students.