| LUNDAHL PERFORMANCE TRAINER SINCE 2019
Amy Keegel was born August 17th, 1995 in Kidron, Ohio. Growing up on a small family farm, Amy’s love of horses began at age 9 when her family purchased their first pony. It was one of several horses and ponies she would ride during her formative years.
As a teenager, Amy's musical talents were at the forefront. She taught piano lessons, and earned extra money through babysitting and housecleaning services. But she always had a desire to learn more about horses. By age 15, she'd saved up enough money to afford training and riding lessons with a local horseman, who steered her toward additional learning opportunities. Amy supplemented her lesson experience by consuming every horse training book and video she could find.
It soon became clear that Amy's calling was to be a professional horsewoman. She landed her first job in the horse industry with a training barn deep in the heart of Amish country. When Amy wasn’t training horses under saddle, she was driving them in harness. Her reputation grew, and as interest in riding lessons increased, Amy began teaching. In the evenings, she would practice with her local drill team.
She soon landed a second job where teaching riding lessons was her primary duty. Her love of teaching continued to grow, and she earned enough money to buy and sell a few horses of her own. Amy still supplemented her income by teaching piano lessons in the evenings, and continued riding and performing with her drill team on a weekly basis.
By 2015 Amy was ready for the next stage of her career, and left Ohio to begin a full-time apprenticeship position with a world-renowned horseman in Texas. After graduating, Amy continued training horses and teaching lessons around the country.
In 2017 Amy returned to her native Ohio for a time, and the following spring she accepted a position on a ranch near Cody, Wyoming. Amy trained and oversaw management of the ranch remuda while continuing to operate her clinician business. In 2019, Amy joined Lundahl Performance.
Amy has wide-ranging experience with horses of all breeds, ages and levels of training; both under saddle and in harness. Her primary interest is in teaching lessons. Right now, Amy trains horses in the all-around program and conducts clinics and lessons across the country. She also assists Jake with the performance horse program and the Horseman's Academy.
INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF HORSES
Amy has always been musically inclined, and she still enjoys playing the piano. She also keeps her culinary skills sharp by experimenting with new recipes and cooking methods. She's rarely seen without Esther (her Australian Shepherd) in tow. During sparse moments of downtime Amy enjoys reading young adult and historical fiction books.
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better."
"Life shrinks and expands on the proportion of your willingness to take risks and try new things."
"Love your family, work super hard, live your passion."