Excalibur Horse Center
Jamie has been a working student at Excalibur Horse Center since 2014 and is excited to offer beginner through intermediate riding lessons for all ages starting in 2018. She has been riding since she was 4 years old and has trained and competed in hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, and gymkhana. She also competed as part of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Jamie has experience working with horses of various breeds and experience levels, including bringing along her young thoroughbred off the track, Harley. After graduating high school in 2018, Jamie plans to study business at Lansing Community College, with her sights set on owning her own horse facility someday.
"My husband and I are over 50, we are not terribly strong riders, in fact my husband started riding just 4 years ago, I rode as a kid and then didn't ride for nearly 30 years! We needed an honest trainer, someone who could assess our ability and determine whether this horse would be suitable for us. Kellyn can ride just about any horse and make it look easy and make the horse look manageable. So her ability to assess honestly was paramount. Every week we got his training schedule and weekly progress updates. I enjoy having Kellyn as a trainer, I like her barn, I like the people/boarders at her barn. I'd be so darn happy to take him back to the EHC for continued training." - S and S
Kellyn Burtka's experience in the equestrian field is long and diverse. Starting at an early age, Kellyn has pursued a single-minded goal of excellence in a variety of equestrian disciplines. She has competed on the USHJA and MHJA circuit in both the hunter and jumper rings, at USEA and TEAM events, and at breed-association and open shows across the state. Following her passion for all jumping disciplines, Kellyn is also an avid foxhunter and member of Waterloo Hunt Club.
Kellyn's formal education includes a degree in Animal Science and Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University with a specialization in horses. In addition, Kellyn studied at the renowned Enniskillen College in Northern Ireland, receiving training in Show Jumping, Dressage, and Thoroughbred racing, as well as the breaking and training of green horses.
Kellyn has a long history of training and teaching, including teaching a variety of topics from horse selection and confirmation, to driving draft horses, to equine plant toxicology at the MSU 4-H Exploration Days. Kellyn founded the Novi High School Equestrian Team in 1999, and coached the team until 2007. She was also a founding member of the MSU Driving Club in 2005, and competed at the Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show & Pull.
Kellyn has worked with horsemen from around the world to put together a training and teaching program that focuses on positive communication and problem-solving with a light touch. Kellyn's methods include the best elements of Natural horsemanship combined with traditional European techniques.