Hello, my name is Kate Thomas. I operate and run Owl Canyon Horse Services. The OCHS ranch is a full services
equine facility catering to the needs of both horse and rider through horse training, riding lessons, boarding,
summer camps, and birthday parties.
I have had a passion for horses all my life. At a young age, my parents would take me to the local farms so that I could ride the ponies.
When I got too big for the ponies, I took to the supervised trail rides in the rocky mountains.
I started taking horse back riding lessons in 2001 and have continued taking lessons with several instructors throughout the years. I have experience in English (low level Dressage and flat work), Driving: both pleasure and marathon (combined driving); and many area's of Western including reining, trails, barrels, cowboy dressage, and more. I also have experience in other areas of the horse world including liberty work, trick training, working Equitation, and driving. My current focus is Reining and Cowboy Dressage along with ground training for well mannered and all around horses.
I worked for Blumenthal Friesian farm from 2007 to 2010. JR Blumenthal was a director of
FHANA (Friesian Horse Association of North America) and a former Friesian horse judge. I have been involved in the
training of some of the top Friesian horses in the nation whom have taken several national, grand championships.
Currently, I own several horses that we use for lessons and summer camps. You can read about them on the "Horses" tab. I have experience training horses ranging from unstarted and green -broke horses
to horses that are trail safe and have a solid foundation for movements such as spins, stops, correct leads, flying lead changes, collection, half pass, side pass, and more. I specialize in getting a respectful, balanced horse. I thoroughly enjoy helping people create a stronger bond with their horse so they can feel safe and get more enjoyment out of their partnership. Read about my style of training and instruction below.
Owl Canyon Horse Services' horse care and training is based on horse-friendly methods called Horsemanship. We take the time to build a relationship with each horse to show them that they can trust their trainer.
We establish ourselves as the herd leader by teaching them to give to pressure. They quickly learn that as soon as they try to do
what is asked they get a reward. Their reward is the release of pressure. Once they have a general understanding of the pressure
and release method, we teach them to move different parts of their body such as their head and neck, shoulders, ribs, hindquarters,
and each leg, separately. When they learn to move specific parts of their body when asked of them; we will then ask them to move
two or more parts of their body at the same time. We always make sure they are physically and mentally capable of completing a
task before we begin. If they are not mentally or physically prepared for a task, we will go back to the basics until they are ready.
Owl Canyon Horse Services strives to make your dreams with horses become a reality. At OCHS, no dream is too big nor too small.
Riding lessons are catered to your specific needs and desires. Confidence is gained through understanding how horses behave and
how they interact with other horses. It's important to understand why horses respond the way they do, so that we can understand
when and where to apply pressure to them. We gladly welcome beginners through the advanced horseman or woman. We work with both English and Western riders. We know everyone has their own unique way of learning and we strive to meet people
on their level of understanding for quality instruction.
Owl Canyon Horse Services grew from a dream and with great passion as grown to a place where people with similar dreams and
aspirations can grow and dream together. Contact us today to begin your adventure and enhance your experience with horses.
The ranch is located in Wellington, Colorado on 50 acres situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful
We have a maintained 200ft by 180ft outdoor arena, a maintained 50 foot round pen, and plenty of trails
within the property to enjoy.
The 7-acre Front Pasture
The Arena - 200ft by 180ft
The 50' Round Pen
The Boarding Pens