Karrin Taylor, PATH Certified Riding Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator
Karrin began riding horses at age six. An early talker, she had been pleading – relentlessly – for riding lessons from the age of two. When she wasn’t on a horse, she was on all fours pretending to be a horse. She was an avid member of Pony Club, and competed in A rated hunter jumper shows for many years. Karrin continued her love affair with horses through college by becoming a working student for her trainer. During this time she gave many lessons, broke and trained young green horses, schooled and showed the made ones, and learned barn management.
After college, Karrin continued working with horses while competing in show jumping. However, it was not until 2014 that she began her journey at Hunkapi, initially serving as a highly-valued volunteer. After a year of volunteering, Karrin knew she needed to follow her heart and join Hunkapi’s team. Today, Karrin serves as Hunkapi’s barn manager, volunteer coordinator, and PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. Karrin’s greatest passions are horses and children, and the opportunity for her to work with both, together, is a childhood dream. She loves sharing the therapeutic power of horses with others.
Karrin is a graduate of the Barrett Honors college at ASU, where she studied anthropology, psychology and philosophy. Karrin is a huge proponent of life-long learning, and her greatest joy in working at Hunkapi is the opportunity to continue to grow and learn, while sharing her knowledge with students as they work to achieve a higher level of riding combined with a higher sense of mindfulness. When not riding or teaching, Karrin cherishes time spent with her two children. She enjoys painting, gardening and decorating, but also eagerly anticipates the moment when the next therapeutic riding lesson begins!