Testimonials

  • Devan Mynes

    "Michele Koury is an amazing trainer! I recently had the privilege of taking class with her through WVU. Every week, students went to her farm and had a group lesson. I've been around horses my entire life, but I've learned so much from Ms. Koury in just that short amount of time. Her lessons are always a lot of fun! I'd definitely recommend her for any level rider!"

    "Michele Koury is an amazing trainer! I recently had the privilege of taking class with her through WVU. Every week, students went to her farm and had a group lesson. I've been around horses my entire life, but I've learned so much from Ms. Koury in just that short amount of time. Her lessons are always a lot of fun! I'd definitely recommend her for any level rider!"

  • Julia Robb

    "Michele Koury is the best trainer! We love the barn and my horse loves the barn. They take great care of us and him! Highly recommend !"

    "Michele Koury is the best trainer! We love the barn and my horse loves the barn. They take great care of us and him! Highly recommend !"

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    Girls with GRIT

    "A Valley Ridge Farm Alum Perspective - I learned how to ride at VRF starting at age 6 on Qtip, Babe, Banjo, and Joker. I remember some of my riding lessons from that time, and even some of the falls (my joints remember them too!) But that's not what I remember most clearly. It's the time spent with friends that became my family. Chatting and laughing while mucking stalls, dumping frozen water buckets, unloading hay in 95' heat, bathing ponies, and cleaning lots and lots of tack. I learned to appreciate the amount of work it takes to be able to ride and care for these beautiful animals, all for the love of the horse.
    When I started competing I learned about the ups and downs of the sport. I learned about sportsmanship. I learned how to pick myself up when I fall down, even if I am embarrassed. I learned how to take care of myself so I could help my horse perform. I learned about disappointment, and how to come back more determined and to fight for the ride I want. Later on, I learned what it takes to lose a friend too soon. Most importantly, I learned to keep learning from every situation life presents.
    This grit helped me excel in my professional career and forge my comeback to riding and showing after a nearly 9 year hiatus.
    This grit was instilled in me 25 years ago at VRF, along with a lifelong love of horses. And I'm forever grateful.
    Pictures include: Q tip, Joker doing the short stirrup, Monday jumping at Hartwood or Upperville, Walking the Jr. Jumpers with Chad and Michele at Culpepper, Gayle and Gretchen at Culpepper, and my recent horses: Sawyer, Luna, and Oscar. I'm a lucky girl to have these horses and people in my life."

    "A Valley Ridge Farm Alum Perspective - I learned how to ride at VRF starting at age 6 on Qtip, Babe, Banjo, and Joker. I remember some of my riding lessons from that time, and even some of the falls (my joints remember them too!) But that's not what I remember most clearly. It's the time spent with friends that became my family. Chatting and laughing while mucking stalls, dumping frozen water buckets, unloading hay in 95' heat, bathing ponies, and cleaning lots and lots of tack. I learned to appreciate the amount of work it takes to be able to ride and care for these beautiful animals, all for the love of the horse.
    When I started competing I learned about the ups and downs of the sport. I learned about sportsmanship. I learned how to pick myself up when I fall down, even if I am embarrassed. I learned how to take care of myself so I could help my horse perform. I learned about disappointment, and how to come back more determined and to fight for the ride I want. Later on, I learned what it takes to lose a friend too soon. Most importantly, I learned to keep learning from every situation life presents.
    This grit helped me excel in my professional career and forge my comeback to riding and showing after a nearly 9 year hiatus.
    This grit was instilled in me 25 years ago at VRF, along with a lifelong love of horses. And I'm forever grateful.
    Pictures include: Q tip, Joker doing the short stirrup, Monday jumping at Hartwood or Upperville, Walking the Jr. Jumpers with Chad and Michele at Culpepper, Gayle and Gretchen at Culpepper, and my recent horses: Sawyer, Luna, and Oscar. I'm a lucky girl to have these horses and people in my life."

  • Louisa Koch

    "I was first introduced to Valley Ridge Farm when I was given a riding lesson for my birthday. It wasn't long before I became a working student and spent the majority of my days at the barn doing anything from riding, mucking stalls, or just hanging out. Thanks to VRF I made lasting friendships that are going on 10 years, but also learned life skills that made me who I am today. Eventually, I began to teach lessons and became responsible for not just barn management, but also client management. This helped prepare me to become an assistant coach of the Ridge Riders IEA team during my undergrad, as well as assistant coach of the West Texas A&M equestrian team while pursuing my Master's. Regardless of what I have done, or will do in the future, I know that all of the skills I have learned at VRF and through Michele have prepared me for whatever life throws at me"

    "I was first introduced to Valley Ridge Farm when I was given a riding lesson for my birthday. It wasn't long before I became a working student and spent the majority of my days at the barn doing anything from riding, mucking stalls, or just hanging out. Thanks to VRF I made lasting friendships that are going on 10 years, but also learned life skills that made me who I am today. Eventually, I began to teach lessons and became responsible for not just barn management, but also client management. This helped prepare me to become an assistant coach of the Ridge Riders IEA team during my undergrad, as well as assistant coach of the West Texas A&M equestrian team while pursuing my Master's. Regardless of what I have done, or will do in the future, I know that all of the skills I have learned at VRF and through Michele have prepared me for whatever life throws at me"

  • Erin Pastoria Larew

    "I have been seeing all these wonderful photos and comments about girls with GRIT at VRF. I absolutely love seeing how they too have been positively influenced by such a wonderful sport and barn! I started riding with VRF when I was 12. Many of you know the beloved pony spud.... Well he was my pony. Riding with Michele Tuoti Koury (https://www.facebook.com/michele.koury) made me who I am today. She along with horses taught me to be a leader, a team player, responsibility and respect. I was able to go from riding Mr. Spud to doing jumpers with my Warmblood Will. Life has taken me away from Wv and VRF but I always come back and Michele always has a horse for me to ride. No barn has compared to VRF it will forever be my barn family and I miss it all the time. I am grateful that my daughter can come and visit and ride spud. I am hoping she too can learn and have a positive influence through riding."

    "I have been seeing all these wonderful photos and comments about girls with GRIT at VRF. I absolutely love seeing how they too have been positively influenced by such a wonderful sport and barn! I started riding with VRF when I was 12. Many of you know the beloved pony spud.... Well he was my pony. Riding with Michele Tuoti Koury (https://www.facebook.com/michele.koury) made me who I am today. She along with horses taught me to be a leader, a team player, responsibility and respect. I was able to go from riding Mr. Spud to doing jumpers with my Warmblood Will. Life has taken me away from Wv and VRF but I always come back and Michele always has a horse for me to ride. No barn has compared to VRF it will forever be my barn family and I miss it all the time. I am grateful that my daughter can come and visit and ride spud. I am hoping she too can learn and have a positive influence through riding."

Valley Ridge Farm, Inc.

1901 Cales Rd.,

Masontown, WV 26542

Phone. 3048642267

Email. Valleyr@frontiernet.net

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