Camp Administrator: Casady Gammon
Casady began riding horses at the age of 4, starting her lesson career with a focus in English riding. As a youth she was an active member of the United States Pony Club where she developed foundational riding and horse care skills. Throughout her teenage years Casady competed in both Dressage and Hunt Seat disciplines in Tennessee’s 4-H youth horse show program.
After graduating high school, Casady attended Tennessee Tech University where she studied Agribusiness. She also rode and competed on TTU’s Equestrian Team through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The IHSA offers a unique opportunity for riders to learn how to adapt to unfamiliar horses in a high pressure environment. Competitors are required to draw their mount out of a pool, making it impossible for the rider to know their horse until minutes before entering the show ring. Casady was very successful on the equestrian team, qualifying for the South East Regional Show two consecutive years. Some of the notable schools she competed against include Sewanee, MTSU, Vanderbilt University, Maryville College, and the University of Tennessee.
Casady’s collegiate years are also when she discovered her passion for horsemanship and western riding. Natural Horsemanship was introduced to her by her Coach, Rebecca Huddleston. Under her coach’s direction she learned to start colts, and teach basic riding lessons. However, horsemanship and western riding skills were further developed while under the guidance of professional cutting, reining, and cow horse trainer, Terry Allen. Terry was vital in taking Casady’s basic knowledge of horse training and western style riding to the competitive and professional level.
Horsemanship has become a way of life for Casady. Her strongest passion is working with horses and riders to develop a solid foundation in the most basic, but most important horsemanship skills.