Instructor: Cindy Malphrus

Lesson Cost: $35 / Hour

I grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC where I began riding at age 6. I attended Clemson University and earned a BA degree in Secondary Education- English. I have 6 children ages 22 down to 12, and I am in my 17th year of homeschooling. Over the last 40 years, I’ve shown Hunter Jumpers on the “A” level, I’ve had the opportunity to ride western in the Cutting Horse industry, I’ve trained in basic eventing and I absolutely love Fox Hunting! Over the years I’ve trained with many fantastic teachers!

  • My main trainer during my junior career, Fran Beckman, was a student of George Morris and she was an exceptional rider as well.
  • I’ve also trained with the late Ronnie Mutch, one of the greatest equitation trainers in the country who wrote and illustrated “Mutch About Horses” (biography at www.practicalhorsemanmag.com), and
  • the famed hunter judge and equitation trainer originally from Colts Neck, New Jersey (www.nj.com), Leo Conroy.
  • During my time at Clemson University, I trained with Jimmy Wofford of Spartanburg, SC who was a nationally recognized judge. After college I rode with Lee Cone of Landrum, SC, who is a very successful trainer especially sending children and ponies to National Pony Finals in Lexington, KY.
  • From 2000-2008 I rode with Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian under the training of Andrew Lustig (who is now with Geddaway Farm ( www.geddawayfarm.com). During my time with SCAD, my horse Roccoco gave the team the National Championship.
  • Last, but definitely not least, I have trained with Four-star event rider Hilda Hicks Donahue of Ashmore Equestrian Center in Orlando, Fl. Hilda rode in the eventing World Cup Finals in 2002, Rolex Three Day Event 2010, Prix St George 2015, and most recently is in the top 10 of FEI World Endurance Riders and is looking to qualify for the World Equestrian Games. (www.eventingnation.com).

I have won many Equitation Medals as a junior and as an adult as well as many Hunter Championships over many years. At this time, I am actively taking lessons from Amy Nichols of Smiling Horse Farm in Pendleton, South Carolina. I never want to stop learning and practicing! I believe that being teachable is key when working with horses. The industry is always changing and there are always new things to learn and new goals to set! My goal is learn more dressage, which I never had much time to do over the years. I will also be Fox Hunting again in the fall, and I hope to go to a local Ranch Horse trainer and teach my horse some ranching/cutting skills working with cattle. Setting goals keeps everyone motivated!

I like to concentrate on safety, horsemanship, proper position on the horse, correct jumping, and many other fundamental skills. Here is a list of things that I ask of students:

  • Proper Attire: Each student must have his/her own helmet, paddock boots for English riders, and riding pants with knee patches or jeans with half chaps. Why paddock boots and not any other regular boots? Well- you wouldn’t play football with soccer cleats, would you?! Lol! If you ride western, you may wear western cowboy boots.
  • Safety: Helmets must be worn at all times around the horses. That includes catching horses and grooming, riding, untacking and turnout.

I am so happy to help in the disciplines that I have trained in – I look forward to working with you!