Meet Laurie Treber…
How It Began.
Laurie French-Treber has been around horses her entire life. She was raised in Peoria, but spent most of her days on a wonderful horse farm in Shirley Illinois, where her love of horses began and continues to grow. She started riding at the age of 7, and got her first horse Blitzen, an untamed Yearling, at the age of 11.
Laurie is an accomplished rider and horseman in many areas, from competing in Dressage, to Western Pleasure, Jumping, Team penning, Trail, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Mounted Games, vaulting, etc. She loves to give Natural Horsemanship Demos on her second love of her life, Chyna. (Chyna is a whole lot like Blitzen, but she is lucky enough to have a much smarter Horseman than he did!)
Laurie’s education with horses inevitably started very early! It was about as rough of a beginning as you can get. Never the less, Laurie’s persistence to “stick with it” helped her to do just that.
Many years and tears later, as Blitzen is now gone on to heavenly pastures at the age of 33, he was the best lesson and kid horse she has had in the program, and her forever best friend. Together they learned amazing things, how to do things well, and how to do things not so well. There is knowledge to gain in every mistake and experience.
Laurie runs a multi-discipline horsemanship program, “Horsemanship, Naturally,” where students are encouraged to learn many facets of what the horse industry has to offer.
“I have always felt the need to teach good horsemanship in a way that applies to all disciplines and that allows students to find their own passion and interests in the horse industry.”
She feels that learning should be fun, safe, and simplified for both horse and rider. “Sometimes learning and trying something new can be quite intimidating! People and horses, need to feel safe to learn, and feel safe to make mistakes.”
Laurie is a certified riding instructor with the American Riding Instructor Association and is a Level 3 Parelli student. Laurie also was a United States Pony Club member in her youth. Laurie has taught numerous students to advance levels within several disciplines. Many of her students have been inspired to go on to become instructors, judges, trainers, breeders and program coordinators, as well as fill other positions in the horse industry.
She also given her time as the Director of the McLean County 4-H Horse program for over 25 years. She was involved in the 4-H program as a child, including Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Pony Club. Laurie also started the McLean County 4-H Horse Judging Team.
“I hope to be able to share with you all, the love and joy that working WITH horses can bring you. They are amazing creatures that give to us, what we usually don’t deserve. They teach us about responsibility, Trust, RESPECT, patience, teamwork, sportsmanship, MANNERS, Love, give and take; there are so many things, its impossible to fit it all on one page. If you choose to start the journey, you will forever be changed.”
“Take care of your horsemanship, and your horsemanship will take care of you . . .”