Short trail ride and Tinkerbell is learning to ground tie. Riding and spending time with the horses and Mary help shed the stress of what is going on in the world today.

I have put in more miles in the saddle this winter than I have any other winter. The weather has been pretty decent and the footing not being covered in ice certainly helps. I’ve gone 84 miles on Jazper alone since December 14th. I think the absolute biggest reason for doing so much riding has been having a riding buddy. Mary has been game to ride almost every day. We have ridden in single digits, with a bit of rain and when the snow has been chest high on the horses (not all at the same time 😉). I owe her big time.

It’s technically still Fall and yet the temperature has been hovering around 20 degrees (f) and yesterday we had so much snow, area schools declared their first snow day of the 2019-2020 school year.

Numbers for weekly riding lessons have decreased (understandably and as usual) since summer. After the kids go back to school the lessons decrease. Then it starts to get dark earlier and then finally it starts to get cold….really cold. From now until March, lessons seem to be made up primarily of the horse crazy, riders who can’t bare to be away from horses and out of the saddle longer than a week (or two, tops!). These riders ignore cold body parts and pile on multiple layers of clothing to get that time with the animals they love.

I have to give a shout out to all those riders! Ana, Aubree, Emma, Madeline, Nicole and Olivia you ladies rock! You make it all so fun and I’m so proud to be your teacher.

My mission: To bring affordable, accessible fitness and yoga classes and wellness opportunities to all age groups in the community.

Due to the kindness of local schools, businesses and The Islands In The Sun for allowing me to use their buildings for free I am able to keep class costs for participants very low or even free (or by donation).



Lisenced to teach: STRONG by Zumba, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold-Toning, Zumba Kids & Kids Jr and POUND.

Yoga Shred (TM) trained.

Certified Reiki 2 practitioner.

I am so excited to hear from you and maybe see you in a class or at the farm!


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Meet Amanda:

Amanda has always been a pretty active person but never into group classes or regular exercise. She got seriously into horses in 2006 where she got plenty of exercise cleaning stalls, grooming and working with and riding horses. In 2013 Amanda no longer had stalls to clean or the ability to ride after work, so after many many months of being asked to join her friend at Zumba, she finally went. Amanda fell in love with it on the spot. It appealed to her long dormant party girl. She loved everything about it; the loud music, the dance moves, the fitness aspects and the amazing feeling of moving your body for an hour and being drenched in sweat. From October to March she never missed a class. She looked up everything she could find on youtube on zumba and would dance at home.

In March 2014 Amanda went to a B1 training to become a licensed Zumba instructor. April 1st she taught her first class in Isle La Motte VT. Amanda went on to also become licensed in Zumba Gold, Toning, Gold-Toning, Zumba Kids and Kids Jr and took other trainings to improve and expand upon her zumba instructor skills. After taking the Zumba Gold training Amanda reached out to the people at the newly renovated senior center in her town, The Islands In The Sun, to see if anyone would be interested in that format. They were and starting teaching there changed Amanda’s life. She went from teaching one zumba gold class a week to 3 and then back down to 1 again when she started training for half and full marathons. The people she met through teaching at The Islands In The Sun have become her friends, her people, her support and encouragement team.

In 2016 Amanda was asked by the activity director of The Islands In The Sun if she could teach yoga because she had been told there was interest in having those classes there. Amanda had been taking yoga classes for years and was taking an online yoga teacher course at the time. She said she’d give it a try once she completed the training. Her first yoga class at the center started in September 2016. She was so nervous but she kept the flows simple and easy to follow. It just grew from there. Amanda devoured everything she could on teaching yoga until she was finally able to get into a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). She completed her YTT in March 2018. Throughout all this Amanda has started teaching kids yoga classes, chair yoga classes and yin yoga classes. Chair yoga has been her biggest class since she started it, having almost 30 people in class at a time.

Late Summer 2018 brought about some big and tough changes. Amanda suffered from major burn out on all fronts. She finally decided to stop teaching Strong and Zumba and to give her body a much needed break. She continued to teach all the yoga classes and give horseback riding lessons. Some people were very supportive of Amanda during this difficult time and others were not. Amanda’s favorite quote is ” you can’t pour from an empty glass” so she decided if she wanted to continue to help others she had to help herself.

Amanda is enrolled in an 300 hour yoga teacher training which started December 2018.

Happy May from Islands Fitness and Hoss Equine!

What’s new?

This month I took a weekend long sound healing certification with Kirk Jones of  Evolvlove Sound Therapy hosted by Sukha Yoga. It was an amazing experience. I hope to add singing bowls and sound healing to my offerings by this fall.

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I have done 3 of my 20 free sessions. One client has reported deep relaxation that lasted for days after treatment and better sleep since treatment. One client noted pain reduction. The third client immediately purchased a treatment for her mother for Mother’s Day. Through the Spring and Summer Reiki sessions will be done at my home and possibly on the road on a limited basis.

Champlain Islands Candy Lab and Islands Fitness Summer series starts June 16th! RSVP to save your spot, space is limited.

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Lots of lessons going on when the weather cooperates. I am currently at the farm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, along with weekends I am not in a training or at horse shows. I am also there on a very limited basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in lessons please contact me asap since lesson spots book up weeks in advance sometimes.

This past weekend we did a group ride with 3 lovely ladies. For two of these ladies this was a birthday gift. Riding lessons make great gifts. Contact me for options.

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                                                  The smiles say it all!

**I’m looking for morning stall muckers and possibly a groom. Payment for these activities include discounted riding lessons or ride time. I will train the right individual/individuals. **

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We’ll also be at the Champlain Valley Morgan Horse Association Open show and hosting the Saturday Night Gymkhana May 25-26 at the Clinton County NY fairgrounds. Both the horse show and Gymkhana are open to all breeds, but there are some breed specific classes at the horse show.



I was/am a little bummed about not having so many yoga classes and then I was reminded that this was what I wanted, less classes through the summer. It’s more and more clear that it wasn’t just what I wanted but what needed to happen. I’m needed a lot more at the farm. The business of riding and training horses has been strong and I think trying to do all of the horsey things and all of the yoga things would have been pretty unkind to myself. That doesn’t also mean I won’t miss my Burlington peeps or my Islanders.

I had a baker’s cyst behind my knee that hurt so bad and I could barely bend my knee and so I looked up treatments on the internet. I used it on my knee and it went away pretty quickly. Now I’m using it on my elbow for pain. It seems to be working.

I found this lady and her video on YouTube. Click here to watch it.

She uses Young Living essential oils. You can the buy oils at Young Living. I highly recommend using their oils because they are really good quality oils even though they are pricey.

5 drops of each oil:




and then the remainder 15ml bottle is a carrier liquid. I used coconut oil.