Vonnie and Jerry Kauffman are both retired educators who have been living in the Tucson area for the past 13 years. In addition to a career as a middle and high school principal, Vonnie has had more than 20 years of experience working with horses. Originally, she showed hunter/jumpers and rode trails in Colorado. During the past 8 years, she has focused on giving Western and English riding lesson, conducting trail rides and developing horse riding programs for adults and children as young as 4 1/2 years old. She often works with older people learning to ride for the first time and special needs children. In addition, she teaches clicker training and natural horsemanship skills to people and horses that need extra tender loving care.
Jerry, a retired high school counselor, takes care of their six personal horses and the five horses that are boarded on the ranch. His skills include woodworking, welding, general contracting. His ability to keep things running smoothy at the ranch is legendary. He also trains and keeps track of the numerous volunteers that help on that the ranch.
Both of yours hosts are widely traveled and have worked with many cultures. Years of teaching on pueblos, Native American reservations and towns in the southwest have made them knowledgeable of the west and eager to share their stories with you.
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