Val helped me get back into riding after nearly a decade away from the saddle. She made lessons fun, enjoyable, and just challenging enough - so I would leave the barn with a sense of accomplishment and eager anticipation for my next lesson. Her biggest strength, however, is building up confidence in yourself - if I began to doubt my own abilities, she'd break the larger task down into several smaller, less intimidating steps, and soon I was surprising myself! She is also very knowledgeable about all aspects of horsemanship and would patiently explain shoulders in, the finer points of conformation in a horse's hind leg, or how a saddle should fit horse and rider. I highly recommend Val for lessons at all levels.