ABOUT BEALS HORSEMANSHIP
Beals Horsemanship is a fully licensed and insured business offering horsemanship lessons, clinics, horse sales, and tack sales services in Los Banos and the greater California and Nevada area. The services Beals Horsemanship provides includes quality rider instruction in a safe and relaxed environment, as well as a no-fuss sales of horses and tack.
Beals Horsemanship is owned, managed, and operated solely by Deanna Beals. She is dedicated to work hard for the interest of the relationship between horse and rider, to provide the best care the horses she is working with, and make her clients happy.
BEALS HORSEMANSHIP'S TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Deanna uses a style of horsemanship training that refines a colt-starting background of natural horsemanship with classical dressage training. Her training emphasizes patience, softness, and balance. She specializes in working with gaited horses, but her philosophy can be applied to any horse breed, even donkeys and mules.
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ABOUT DEANNA BEALS
Deanna Beals (also known as "DJ"), like so many others, was
born with an innate passion for horses. She grew up in Lake Tahoe, California
in a small ski resort town. While her family did not have any horses, she spent
every moment she could around them; reading books about them, observing them,
and going to summer horseback riding camps.
Deanna joined the work force at the
age of 13, and in the summer when the snow melted from the mountains of Lake Tahoe, she worked at nearby stables
and trail riding outfits gaining hands on experience giving pony rides, trail
rides, and taking care of the stable. She saved all her money and knowledge for
the one day that she would have a horse of her own.
the time Deanna turned 17 her dream came true, her parents said she could buy a
horse and take it to college with her. Eager to find her life long equine
partner she fell in love with a buckskin BLM mustang. She sought instruction
from natural horsemanship training methods and within a few months had the mare
gentled, halter broke, and being ridden bareback in the round pen with a halter, ready to go
to college with her.
attended Feather River College in Quincy, California, majoring in Equine
Studies. She worked with her horse, and other college horses, in the Equine
Studies program for two years. While attaining her A.S. Degree in Horse
Training she learned how to start, train, and sell western performance horses including reining and working cow horses. She learned about a style of natural horsemanship that emphasized
softness, patience, and understanding following techniques directly from horsemen such as Bill and Tom Dorrance, Ray
Hunt, Pat Parelli, Brian Neubert, Buck Brannaman, and methods used by the Californio
quickly excelled in her equine classes, winning the intercollegiate Cow Horse
U Shootout of 2007 and 2008 against Cal Poly, and also winning FRC Reining Champion of 2008. She started and
sold several horses for the annual Feather River College Production
Sale, Snaffle Bit Futurity Select Sale, and Cal-Expo Sale. After attaining her A.S. degree she
worked for a year as a teachers assistant for the equine studies classes,
developing her teaching style and continuing to ride and learn with horses.
transferred to University of California, Davis in 2009 to continue her education in
animal behavior and equine studies. While still an undergraduate she took the
initiative to become a teacher assistant for animal science classes, continuing
to develop herself academically as an instructor.
While at UC Davis she spent her time helping
friends and acquaintances with their horses. She was introduced to the sport of Field Trailing, and was immediately hooked on the high adrenaline hunting hound sport, where you get to gallop gaited horses through pristine landscapes. After having
success helping her friends with all types of horses, she decided to turn her teaching talent and equine passion
into a business, and opened a small horse training and riding lesson
entrepreneurship called Beals Horsemanship. To her the business was a way to
continue sharing and learning about horses, and about the riders as well. She continues attending clinics and expos gaining more insight into the mind of the horse - as well as continuing to develop her horsemanship style, following methods taught by those including Larry Whitesell.
Deanna graduated UC Davis with a B.S. in Animal Science, emphasis Animal Behavior in 2012. She is currently a student at CSU Stanislaus, working on her M.S. in Communicating Biological Sciences.