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 Kevin McGinn - Jumpers, hunters, equitation, training, sales  
“In training horses and riders, the fastest way IS the slow way; there are no shortcuts in real education.” — George Morris

Kevin McGinn is the great grandson of a blacksmith from County Mayo, Ireland. He still has family in the UK in Racing and Three Day Eventing. He rode on Long Island, New York in the Big Eq. Divisions as a Junior. He trained with Robert Hoskins , George Morris and worked  for Jumper Trainer  and  "R" Judge Ralph Caristo.  He left horses to see the world , and settled in New  York City  in 1980 and let the world come  to him instead . He spent  a kaleidescopic decade  working  for a major recording label , signing new music acts. He was a club  D.J. He   became a  special events  coordinator and  raised money for both commercial and philanthropic causes such as the NYPD's Widows and Orphans Fund, Amnesty International, Chiat Day Advertising, record release  parties  for The Eurythmics and Sarah MacLaughlin's debut album  and many Broadway and Off-Broadway opening and closing parties.  But his most lasting accomplishment was to study and work with acting and teaching legend Stella Adler,which lead  to  work in Off Broadway and in regional theatres across America .He also worked  day time T.V and several films . He's  most proud of the work he did for AmFar (American Foundation for AIDS  Research), founded by Elizabeth Taylor and Matilda Krim.

When he arrived in Los Angeles, intending to continue his work as an actor .  As life tends to happen  ,that's when  his real equestrian career began. He started by teaching one Saturday morning, four hours per week "for fun" . Within five years he owned one of the largest Riding School/Training Barns in California with forty-five horses in training. He had also studied with Kathy Kusner and created a clinicians-in-repetoir including Olympic Course Designer ,Linda Allen, Double Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis and Multiple World Cup  Finalist Rider Susan Hutchison. He is most grateful to those extraordinary horseman for all their help, especially Kathy Kusner, who taught him exactly what horses are capable of, and Susan Hutchison, who taught him how to think like a horse, not a horse trainer, and  to consider the best way to convince the horse he can do anything. His riders have been regulars in the Zone 10  year end final standings, and he had the youngest rider,Brooke Faber  to compete in the storied Foxfield Derby (at age 11) and enter her first Grand Prix at the  relatively unseen age of 13. He has prepared several  Grand Prix riders along the way in addition to many,many young trainers ,instructors "catch riders" and U.S.E.F Judges .He's even crosstrained  nationally ranked Barrel Racing Competitors,stunt men and several"A" list actors and  actress' as they prepared  for horse related  films ,music videos and TV appearances  .

Kevin is an on-staff consultant at Moonshine Equestrian at Hansen Dam Equestrian Park; he teaches  locally in Los Angeles; is a sought-after clinician across the United States and Canada, and is perhaps best known currently  for his  writing  for  "Judge My Ride",  an online equestrian help line that offers tips and advice to riders from Beginners to Professionals alike , always free of charge, which enjoys over 100,000 readers. He does pro bono work, perhaps most notably The Jumper Riders from The Compton Junior Posse. He believes the strong emphasis on basic skills developed at home must be strengthened through the pressure of the show ring environment. Kevin's students compete on both the "A" and "B" circuits, as he feels smaller shows are great confidence builders while large shows stretch riders to rise to a higher standard.

Kevin spent  numerous Winters in  Europe, which has  enabled him to complement classic dressage techniques with the European method of show jumping.
In addition to providing full training services for horses and lessons for riders, he is available for judging and clinics, day coaching at shows, and accepts approved horses for consignment sale.

Kevin thanks his  mentors Kathy Kusner and Susan Hutchison.

Training Location
 Kevin is available for clinics at your farm or facility anywhere in North America .To be a Partner / Host  please contact Kevin here for a" best practices" sheet and rate schedule .  He is always interested in adding new locations to his existing  calendar . 
 Ask about  the benefits of having consultant on  call service "Equestrian House Call" is available to clinic hosts at a much discounted rate.  A private one on one  consultation service, with shared video capability over Zoom, for any issue a trainer may encounter , from problem horses , student  issues , sales  advice as well as advice and referrals  to reputable sales  agents  in the U.S  Canada ,The U.K and Western Europe. ,If you've read Kevin's column "Judge My Ride " on all major social media platforms with over 100,000 readers ,you'd know how he can offer doable ,practical  tips and tried and  true exercises , that yeild  predictable ,reliable  results 
 Kevin McGinn is based in Los Angeles  
 He is a consultant  in residence  and can meet you for   lessons on  your horse or a  quality lesson  horse  for riders   just getting started or returning  to the sport.                           Moonshine Equestrian  at 
 Hansen Dam Equestrian Park 
 11127 Orcas Ave
 Lake Veiw Terrace , California  91342   
Services Summary

Equitation and hunter students will thrive under the challenge of Kevin's use of time-honored training traditions, coupled with innovative exercises and concepts brought from the dressage and jumper rings.

Kevin trains with enthusiasm, creativity, structure, respect, and humor while bringing classical horsemanship to his students. 

    Contact Kevin McGinn
    Kevin McGinn
    Horse Training, Lessons, Judging, Clinics, and Sales

    Los Angeles Equestrian Center • Ever Wood Stables •  480 Riverside Drive • Burbank, CA 91506

    Phone: (818) 512-4550

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