About Sam Harvey
In the Beginning…I began riding just for fun barefoot and bareback on a few backyard ponies. Eventually starting lessons with a focus on jumpers. The United States Pony Club expanded my knowledge and experience and I quickly was drawn towards Three Day Eventing after a few cross-country rides. I loved the adrenaline rush of galloping hills, down through streams and then jumping over huge fences! I left home at a very young age to focus on training and competing. I lived all over the US and eventually, I was based in England.My Experiences…My main focus was Three Day, but I wanted to expand my knowledge, experience, and exposure to a variety of disciplines, training styles, and breeds. I worked in Jumper and Dressage barns, schooling, conditioning and training horses. I attended jockey school to learn the ins and outs of several race tracks and a glimpse of the racing world.I trained with instructors of various backgrounds and was able to experience all aspects of Three Day from the competitor's perspective, as a groom, the training standpoint, the course designer and as a competition host. I was surrounded by international caliber competitors, learned from national and international trainers, chef d' equips, Olympic competitors and coaches with varied backgrounds.The more I saw, the increasingly frustrated I became with the lack of concern for what I would consider as a quality foundation- in both the horses and riders. I found the lack of concern for either the horse and/or rider's mental, emotional and physical well being was a crucial missing key to the "big picture." I realized the "higher up" I got, the more I was surrounded by folks who seemed to have had lost sight of why they were riding and competing. Politics and the continual financial pressures clouded their perspective, values, and goals.I was beyond disappointed to realize the goals I had been working so hard towards, would not, in the long run, make me or my horses happy. So I left the sport.Returning…Being reacquainted with United States Pony Club, but this time as a trainer and District Commissioner, and I began to teach and ride again. And somehow, troubled horses kept seeming to "find" their way to me.I was reunited with one of the finest horsemen I'd ever met, but this time, I was mentally available to finally appreciate the wisdom and insight he was offering. He helped me re-evaluate my underlying foundation and my approach with the horses. Though for many years I had survived riding crazy or unpredictable horses, I now had to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew, in terms of the quality of the partnership between the horse and me.The years following my drastic shift in my mental focus inspired me to work on ranches around the world. These opportunities helped me refine my level of awareness, ability to assess, my sensitivity and timing. Present Day…Since the summer of 2004 I've been based at The Equestrian Center, LLC in Sandpoint, ID where I offer lessons, individualized Training Programs for the horse and rider, Private Clinics and Full Immersion Clinics. I travel as a clinic in the United States and worldwide during the winter months. For the past 16 years, I’ve used Yuma, AZ as my winter base.My continuing journey has allowed me to share the tools to effectively communicate with horses. My philosophies, approach and teaching style adjust for the individual horse and student. My foremost goal is to help students learn how to build a quality equine partnership whose foundation is built on respect and trust. Riders learn how to have a "conversation" with their horse to create mentally available partners which completely changes the entire relationship.