Instructor

Our instructor, Laura Backus, teaches students of all ages and levels of ability in all aspects of Eventing. She also takes horses in training and actively competes throughout the United States. She held the positions of coach for the Ball State University Equestrian Team and head trainer and instructor at Hartmeyer's Stable, both in Muncie, Indiana. She then accepted a position as Associate Professor in the equestrian program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terra Haute, Indiana. She now co-owns and teaches out of Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center, LLC near Larkspur, Colorado.

Her qualifications include:

In 2016, completed the requirements for her ICP Level III Instructor Certification

Recipient of the 2015 Colorado Horse Council Colorado Horseperson of the Year

Recipient of the 2012 Craig Ferrell, MD. Equestrian Safety Award

Awarded the United States Pony Clubs "20+ Year Local Legend Award" in 2012

Level III-certified instructor by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) in Eventing and Dressage and 2009 ARIA National Instructor of the Year
Majored in equestrian sciences at both Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, and the University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado,
Is an H-A level graduate of The United States Pony Club,
Holds her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals,
Trained with several notables in the world of Eventing and Dressage, such as Debbie Bowman, Denny Emerson, Major Lindgren, Elke Herrmann, Kim Walnes, and Lucinda Green, to name a few,
Has taught Eventing and Dressage for over 25 years,
Has competed through Intermediate level in Eventing,
Has competed through FEI level in Dressage,
Has trained horses through Prix St. Georges in Dressage.

Laura has been active in Pony Club since 1979, holding many offices and other positions of responsibility. She qualified for the Young Riders Championship and Rocky Mountain Young Riders team. In addition, she founded and was District Commissioner of the Riders Unlimited Pony Club in Indiana. She has trained hundreds of students and horses, many of which went on to receive awards at various levels of Eventing and Dressage within United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), United States Eventing Association (USEA), Mountain States Eventing Association (MSEA) , and United States Dressage Federation (USDF). Laura's personal riding achievements include many local, regional, and national year-end awards.