Board & Train at Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center:ssign
Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center is located against the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains in Highland, California. We provide a safe environment with a fully fenced and gated perimeter. Access to the property is attained with a personal access code or via the call button at the front gate. Horses are fed premium alfalfa and/or 3-way hay twice a day. Stalls are cleaned seven days a week by a very competent staff. We offer well-bedded stalls (mostly with paddocks attached), 12×24 corrals (partially covered), and pasture boarding. Both the outdoor arena and covered arena are lighted. We maintain top quality footing in both arenas and the round pen.

Meet Kathy Pavlich:kathy
Like so many of us, Kathy was bitten by the horse bug at an early age. She started riding with her father and sister on rental horses at age 5. As a teenager, she’d swap horse care for riding lessons — sound familiar?  She finally bought her own horse when she was 25, a running quarter horse. The pair showed English pleasure and hunters. Kathy’s mare was….shall we say…..”expressive.” Her trainer suggested that the pair take dressage lessons to learn some discipline (Dressage….the Catholic school of equestrian sports!) and so began Kathy’s journey in the world of dressage. Kathy has trained and shown an eclectic array of horses; off-track thoroughbreds, running Quarter Horses, Paints, and, of course, Warmbloods. She has been training consistently with Bert Rutten (Netherlands) since 1995 and with Judy Harvey (Great Britain) since 2000. She has also trained extensively with Debbie McDonald. Looking at Kathy’s award history, the word “plethora” came to mind. She started making her mark in the record books in 1996 when she earned the title of National Dutch PSG Champion. Since then she has amassed quite an ensemble of Reserve Championship and Championship awards (Region 7, State, and National) from 2nd Level through I1. A grand total to date of 24!!! Not surprisingly, she is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist! When asked, Kathy would consider the highlights of her dressage career so far was earning a 72% on her Grand Prix test in 2005 on her Dutch gelding, Havanna, and qualifying for the 2007 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions (Gladstone, NJ) on her Hanoverian gelding, Bocelli, in which she finished in the top 10 of the country for Intermediaire 1. Kathy trains horses and riders through Grand Prix at Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center in Highland. She offers full training, show coaching, and monthly clinics.

Kathy is the horsewoman I want to be. She is not only exceptionally talented at training and understanding horses, but she's got the integrity, dedication, and hardworking ethics of an air force officer (I was one so I feel qualified in comparing). If you're lucky enough to ever ride for Kathy, you'll never look back. She knows horses and she knows dressage, further still, she's a person of tremendous character.

Erin Fitzgibbons Palumbo

After our first lesson with Kathy last year, Huey stopped bracing when I asked for any upward transition because Kathy suggested I reach forward with my inside hand. That simple suggestion made me aware of the “feel” of the outside rein, which was a big step in learning to ride dressage. Kathy’s clear instructions and wonderful exercises are helping me believe that this journey is really possible!

Kathy Young (and Huey)

Kathy’s low-stress exercises have dramatically improved Lex’s topline and degree of self-carriage. I had no idea that his gaits could have so much suspension, or that he could be so light off of my aids. It’s like I have a brand new horse!

Ruth Corrao-Harris (and Lexington)

Kathy follows the classic principles of back-to-front and inside leg to outside rein….no shortcuts! She is always positive and upbeat. There is no problem that can’t be overcome.

Susan Williams (and Fabian)

To ride with Kathy is to always push yourself a little beyond, a little bit more every time. Her knowledge of dressage and her ability to teach both horse and rider is commendable. What puts her in a category of her own is that she gives it her all every time you ride with her. She truly loves and respects the sport and the horses. For us who are fortunate to know this special lady, Thank-you , Kathy, for all that you give us and our horses!

Lena Persson (and Tiny)

As a dressage rider, Kathy helps me to be light on the reins while maintaining a steady contact on the bit with a secure sit. I’ve learned to work my horse over his back while engaging his hind legs and remaining in balance with harmony, cadence, and rhythm. My horse’s musculature and topline are continually developing and improving. Kathy has an eye for fine detail and an ability to express herself firmly in a positive, eloquent manner. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to train with her in my quest to become a better rider.

Cathy Ghazal (and Samaki)

Kathy is a wonderful instructor! Each time that I clinic with her I am amazed by the amount of knowledge she has. My mare keeps getting better every time we have an opportunity to work with Kathy. The mixture of her knowledge of the sport and her fun loving personality make the lessons both enjoyable and challenging. I LOVE the clinics!!!!

Sara Diefenbach (and Dawn)

Kathy is an outstanding rider and person. She possess character qualities of honesty and integrity. She has an educated eye and an ability to diagnose a problem, create a plan, and then execute an individualized training program for each horse and rider. Kathy can stretch a rider’s limits without exceeding their abilities or comfort limits. Her utilization of positive training techniques makes training with Kathy a joy!

Linda Fitzmorris (and Wes)

Kathy has developed a great wealth of knowledge and is able to communicate the correct approach to connection and riding very clearly. Her enthusiasm and love for the sport of dressage comes through in her teaching. She makes lessons fun! Kathy encourages me to have sympathy for my horse and to give my mare the benefit of the doubt, which facilitates relaxation (in both of us!). I look forward to each lesson and to the regular progress that I am making with my mare.

Liz Rothman (and Una)