Andrea began riding lessons at age five, at a suggestion from a neighbor to her mother's quest to find a hobby her daughter would excel at and enjoy. Two years later her family learned of the United States Pony Club and Andrea was enrolled. Her family, not from an equestrian background, wanted to make sure Andrea had a safe and solid knowledge base. She participated fully and over time earned her C1 Pony Club certification. The long hours Andrea spent at the barn working for lessons and riding opportunities gradually convinced her parents horses were not “just a phase”. With her sincerity established, she got her first horse at the age of 15, a tall lanky thoroughbred. Andrea then developed a new-found passion for the sport of eventing. For this pursuit she acquired a four year old Quarter Horse/Percheron mare, Chloe. Andrea brought her along through the lower levels, placing consistently in the top ten.

Wanting to enhance and further pursue her passion of horses, Andrea moved to Kentucky. There she enrolled in college and graduated from Midway University with a degree in Equine Management with a focus on Equitation Instruction. While attending college Andrea worked in the Thoroughbred industry. She gained valuable knowledge in sales, training, rehabilitation of the horse, vet and emergency care and farm management. Discovering that sales and rehab were her favorite aspects of the industry, she worked for several years at an Equine Rehab center and as a Sales Coordinator for a major thoroughbred farm. She returned home to work for the family business, with a few horses in tow.

One of those horses, Frank, a difficult to handle OTTB, fortuitously caused Andrea to seek the help of the Kaisers. With their guidance Frank began to understand and respond favorably to Andrea’s new communication techniques. Ten months later she achieved her once unthinkable goal of successfully showing Frank in his first dressage competition. Now her new long-term goal is for Frank is to compete at the upper levels of eventing.

Andrea brings a cheerful encouraging spirit to all her endeavors. She is patient, compassionate and confident. These traits are key to her abilities as a trainer, instructor and manager. Whether organizing a hectic show day’s schedule or keeping the routine flowing daily at the barn, Andrea is a hard worker who gets it done!

 

 

 

Phone: 765-589-3838    email: mk@forresthillfarm.com

Andrea Balas

Knowledgeable, Cheerful, Encouraging Spirit