Kara Stark McGrew of KSM has been riding since the age of nine and has been professionally involved with horses since graduating from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. While at Stephens she earned a B.S. in Equestrian Science and a B.A. in Business Administration. Kara manages, instructs, and trains clients in disciplines including hunter pleasure and equitation on the flat, lower level dressage, western pleasure, equitation, and working western, saddle seat pleasure and equitation, and driving. She and her clients attend various competitions suited to their goals and interests.
Kara is also the founder, director and instructor of The Helping Horseshoe Therapeutic Riding Club, a non-profit organization which offers support to programs which offer recreational therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities. She is an active member of the HRH of NJ, the state organization for therapeutic riding programs. For the HRH she manages the state horse show and also hosts the area 3 Special Olympic show. Kara holds her coaches certification for Special Olympics in Equestrian and is a PATH, Inc certified instructor for therapeutic riding.
An active member of Arabian Horse Society of N.J. since 1992, Kara currently holds the president position and is on the show committee. Kara has been a steward for the United States Equestrian Federation since 1994 and officiates at approximately 20 shows a year in a variety of disciplines. Kara resides in Stillwater with her husband and a variety of horses, dogs and cats.
"I like to teach Horsemanship, teaching not only to ride but how to care for the horse and be a part of the horse’s ongoing education. I believe it is important to know not only how to do something but why. I encourage riders to increase their skills and confidence in a pleasant and understanding environment."