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CARRIE ANDERSON

Founder / Horse & Rider Trainer

Carrie is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine Art and worked as a therapist for several years before making the big move to Nosara, Costa Rica in 2005. Carrie has over 20 years of riding experience with a background in western, dressage and hunter/jumpers. She has been training horses and riders for over ten years. Her focus in training is integrating natural horsemanship techniques with classical dressage and hunter/jumper/eventer training and improving the connection and communication shared between horse and rider. Carrie has studied Centered Riding with Heidi Potter and found her silver slipper with the Murdoch Method and training with Callie Rae King.

 

Carrie is a board member for Nosara Animal Care, a non-profit organization providing health care for the most vulnerable animals in Nosara. Carrie and her husband, Eder (Neno), are also the owners of our sister company, Playa Ponies, which offers horseback riding tours in Nosara. Carrie and Neno are proud parents of their eight-year-old daughter, Mayalin, seven rescue dogs, several cats, two goats, chickens and a growing herd of horses and often their house is brimming with Neno's nephews and cousins who love to help out around the stable. 

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HEIDI BLACKMAN

Founder / Yoga Teacher

Heidi is originally from California and moved to Nosara, Costa Rica in 2012. Heidi has always had a passion for animals and grew up riding horses (hunter/jumpers and western pleasure) and spending as much time as possible at the barn. Eventually she focused her love of animals and nature on the marine environment – earning her Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and working on marine conservation issues in the Pacific region. After several years working on such issues, Heidi and her husband, Graham, decided to move to Costa Rica in search of a new lifestyle. Heidi has been regularly practicing yoga since 2003 and is a 500-hr RYT (200 hours of yoga teacher's training through YogaWorks with Kia Miller and 350+ hours of SmartFlow training with Annie Carpenter). Heidi is a certified SmartFlow yoga instructor. Heidi continues to study yoga and teaches regular yoga classes at her studio in Nosara, on retreats and via her online yoga program, Yoga for Riders (www.yogaforriders.com) - a partnership with Callie Rae King.

 

Heidi also has a blog that covers many of the topics that inspire her - horses, yoga and living mindfully (www.heidibyoga.com). Heidi and Graham are proud parents to their son Nash, born in 2016, daughter Leela, born in 2018, three dog-children - Lily, Chichi and Lassie, two horse-children - Frisco and Lucas , cat - Chilito and her growing flock of chickens.

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ANTONY ESPINOZA

Stable Hand / Horse Trainer

Tony is very knowledgeable about all things horse and helps us care for and groom all horses during retreats. He has a gentle hand and is always willing and able to help.

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JUSTIN CISNEROS

Stable Hand / Assistant Trainer

Justin leads the trail rides on our retreats and helps with everything in the barn. He is always helpful and goes above and beyond in making sure everyone is taken care of.

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EDER ESPINOZA

Stable Owner

Eder (Neno) is Carrie's husband and always helps with all aspects of the retreats.

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VIVIANO CASARES

Stable Hand

Viviano takes care of all of the horses. He is a hard worker with a great sense of humor and a big heart.

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JUANCHO

Stable Hand

Juancho takes care of all of the horses. He is a hard worker who always goes above and beyond.

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SARAH TILHOU

Chef

Sarah is an amazing chef that prepares healthy and delicious meals for all of our retreats. You will fall in love with her food and want to take her home with you (we are trying to convince her to write a cookbook :-)