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About John G.

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Spring Valley, CA
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I am a 36 year old professional musician, and music and tennis Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, singing and tennis. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on
breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game. I am also willing to do group lessons of up to 4-5 players to enhance a group learning environment as well as combining the skills from each player to enhance the other and create a fun learning environment on the tennis court.
*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
For tennis instruction I have my own rackets as well as a ball hopper full of practice balls to bring to any location or public open tennis court. I also have reels of string and a stringing machine to restring tennis rackets with broken strings.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.

Tennis: Ground strokes, both 1 hand and two handed back hand. Serve, kick serve, slice serve, tomahawk serve, net play including volleys, over heads as well as other specialty shots including forehand and backhand slice and approach shots, Lobs, topspin lobs, and drop shots. Also playing strategy and competition.
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James M. August 26, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
Hiring J.R. has been an incredibly uplifting, fun, and educational experience. A far better experience than I could have asked or hoped for. I’m learning! And excited for the progress, which does take an investment of practice, energy & time. He is extremely patient & flexible with how to cope with my needs (when possible) and super supportive: I’m almost 50 and paralyzed.

As corny as this sounds I’ve never known anyone with such a broad overall knowledge, experience and wisdom about music and instruments. If I have a question about my piano playing, or virtually any music question, he either has the answer or helps me find it if he doesn’t.

He is extremely knowledgeable and respectful and has more than earned my respect and gratitude.

Hiring him is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. The only regret I have is that I didn’t hire him sooner.
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Lexi C. April 5, 2019
· French Horn · In studio
Love my 1st lesson. I learned so much in one day. Definitely looking forward to my next lesson.
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James M. July 2, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I had an instructor prior to him for nearly a year. I hired JR because after that time I didn’t even learn how to read music. I learned more today from JR than the entire time I had my previous instructor. JR is detailed and patient for an old, inexperienced fart like me. Thank you, JR!
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John G.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About Ferlyn F.

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San Diego, CA

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About Ferlyn
My Teaching Philosophy:
"Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of my company's methodology that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn

I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, dancing for a wedding, birthday, or flash mob, playing the piano, singing or even learning the theory of music or dance, I make sure to bring out the best quality within your learning, expand that knowledge and encourage you to become your fullest potential as my student. I bring a different light to each lesson of dance, piano a
nd/or music and bring your abilities to a level that is more knowledgeable, adequately refined, near to perfection and professional over time, and definitely enjoyable.

My Biography:
I started at the age of 5 with the desire to perform and entertain. With the drive of a freestyle & street dancer, I emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of my dance inspirations. I also grew up driven into the background of piano, having trained in various methods such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber, Carr-Glover & Glover, Thompson and Schuam, expanding my knowledge and range as a pianist of 25 years.

In Los Angeles, I was determined to make dance my professional career and earned my Baccalaureate in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. I learned alongside notable and popular mentors and instructors, training in modern, hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, tap, jazz and ballet. I choreographed for weddings, birthdays, within multiple shows, as well as became an advanced member of Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.

Under much dedication for my professional career, my experiences exponentially grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. I was a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's The Dancehouse. I worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and performed in shows and events across San Diego County and Los Angeles County, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.

My current disciplines are focused and centered around Southern California as the CEO & Director of a Dance Company. I aim at providing a unique family of dancers and training musicians to be at their best. I am working on several upcoming pieces and providing a dance company that integrates dance community and dance industry knowledge, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, I have extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. My personal goals are to continue to express my passions, develop my talents, and especially motivate others to find their own true inner self, dancer, choreographer, musician, performer, entertainer and/or artist.

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Lesson Details ***
DANCE LESSONS:
At the instructor's HQ site, we have an amazing speaker system, wood laminate floors, and surrounding mirrors!
All lessons are provided via movement.

I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons.
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of open space and a floor of concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If open space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.

Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) are in the toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes.

[Dance shoes and outfits are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

PIANO LESSONS:
At the instructor's In-Studio site, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano, Upright Piano and Baby Grand Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.

I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok; a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is recommended).

For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is required.

[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Specialties ***
Dance:
Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet.
Over 15 years of experience and training.
Taught various dance genres officially since 2005.

Piano:
Classical Pianist for over 30 years.
Taught Piano for over 15 years.

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.
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Cece April 22, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In studio
Ferlyn has excellent skills in teaching dance. My daughter has improved her dance techniques in 3 classes. We highly recommend her to everyone that needs dance instructor.
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Dominique N. April 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Given all of the positive reviews, I am refraining from giving Ferlyn only one star. I am sure she is relatively competent as a teacher. The unfortunate aspect for which she is receiving such a poor review is a significant lack of professionalism.
I arranged piano lessons with Ferlyn for my mother.
Her first lesson (for which I was present) was fine.
I then found out that at their second lesson, Ferlyn showed up very sick. This was quite concerning, especially given my mother’s age. Ferlyn definitely should have canceled that second lesson and not showed up so sick.
Then, only two hours (!) before my mother’s scheduled third lesson, I receive a text message from Ferlyn stating the following:
“Hi Dominique, wanted to let you and your mom that piano lessons will be cancelled today because it is my Birthday! I will see her next week. :)”
This was incredible. This was a cancellation only two hours prior, not due to some emergency or even due to her illness which should have caused a cancelation the week before! This was because it was her birthday. Something that would have been understandable, were she to have let us know well in advance. I am sure she knew in advance when her birthday is.
This does not reflect on TakeLessons, as I have had great experiences with other teachers.
But this degree of inconsiderateness, first with regard to the illness and then with regard to the manner of cancellation, is appalling.
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Mark April 11, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
Meets you at your dance level and you move forward from there. Excellent attitude and knowledgeable instructor. Professional and thorough.
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Ferlyn F.

San Diego, CA 92124
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About Tom P.

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Encinitas, CA
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About Tom
THOMAS P. USPTA Certified Tennis Professional (P1 Rating)
United States Professional Tennis Association

Objective: TENNIS PROFESSIONAL / TENNIS COACH

Experience: 1992-2012 Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Tennis Professional
Taught private lessons, groups and clinics under direction of Head Pro
Eduardo Sanchez. Instructed in Junior Tennis Academy/Camp. Provided
customer service and sales of tennis equipment/apparel (Pro Shop).

1986-1991 Tennis & Sportsworld E. Setauket, NY
Head Tennis Professional
Directed junior development program, adult instructional league,
and summer camp. Hired, trained and supervised instructors.

1983-1985 St. Anthony’s High School S. Huntington, NY
Varsity Tennis Coach
Coached boys and girls varsity tennis teams. Responsible for team
practi
ces and matches. Emphasis on sportsmanship and etiquette.

1978-1982 Cove Tennis Center Glen Cove, NY
Tennis Pro-Asst.Mgr.
Managed club operations at indoor-outdoor tennis facility. Taught
private and group lessons. Instructed in Junior Tennis Academy.

Qualifications: -Apprenticed under renowned pros: Palafox, Stolle, Van Horn.
-Coached Eastern and nationally ranked tournament players.
-Devised “Stroke-of-the-Day” video-tape instructional series.
-Directed and chaired ETA sanctioned tennis tournaments.
-Hired, trained and supervised tennis instructors and staff.
-Played in ETA sanctioned pro-am tournaments and exhibitions.
-Taught lessons at world-class tennis resorts, clubs and camps.

Education: B.A. Degree Hamilton College Clinton, NY
-Varsity Tennis, Varsity Squash – 1st singles
-Departmental Honors in Psychology
Graduate Degree Grumman Data Sys.Inst. Woodbury, NY
-Computer Science, Programming, Sys.Anal.

*** Specialties ***
Tennis Lessons
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Lisa July 24, 2015
· Tennis · In home
I have been hesitant to write a review for Tom in fear of his schedule getting too busy to fit us in! We love Tom, he has been teaching my son (12) for almost a year now. He is so patient, kind, and gentle but at the same time encouraging and pushes him in just the right way. His technique is solid and my son has made excellent progress with Tom's instruction. I highly recommend lessons with Tom, just don't take our spot. ;)
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Jennifer H. July 6, 2015
· Tennis · In home
A little over a year ago, after a 6 year hiatus, I was looking to get back to playing tennis again. I found Tom on this website and he was able to reintroduce me to the basics and get me to a point where I feel confident enough to join a tennis league. I am more consistent, have better footwork, and am better than I ever was.

Tom is passionate about tennis and teaching. He is friendly, patient, and tailors the lessons to match the students learning style. He has a lot of experience teaching students with a wide variety of skill levels. Tom also has played the game at the highest level, so he is able to provide insight that other less experienced instructors do not have.

If you are considering tennis lessons, I highly recommend Tom.
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Tom P.

Encinitas, CA 92024
(2)
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$20 / 30-min

About Jasmine L.

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La Mesa, CA

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About Jasmine
I love to teach and tutor kids and adults of all ages in many different subjects. I pride myself in customizing my lessons to suit each individual's learning style and goals. I try to keep my lessons fun and relaxed while ensuring that we still work hard and learn.
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Nicholas July 1, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Jasmine is Awesome! She is a very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. I highly recommend her.
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Michael C. February 3, 2016
· Spanish · In home
First lesson...jasmine was very attentive and a good listener.
Looking forward to continuing the lessons!!
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Emmanuel Z. April 10, 2015
· Piano · In home
Very experienced for teaching 8 year old boy, I liked the books she provide.
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Jasmine L.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(4)
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$25 / 30-min

About Lian P.

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San Diego, CA

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About Lian
Hello! My name is Lian and I am a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach.

I love helping my clients look, feel and perform their best through the creation and implementation of customized, sustainable fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle programming.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions! I am here to help. Talk soon and have a great day!
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Anthony February 24, 2017
· Fitness · Online
Lian is a great teacher. She has given me nutrition guidelines to follow. I'm impressed with her knowledge on the subject of nutrition. The classes have given me insight on what are the best foods to eat and the foods that would increase my weight. She makes each session a relaxed atmosphere to learn. If I make a mistake on my previous week for eating, she doesn't come down on me hard. These classes have given me goals to curve my intake of bad foods like ice cream or cookies.
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Shawn February 21, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
I lost almost 50 lbs in three months with Lian. She keeps you motivated and on track. She provides everything you need from diet to exercise to achieve your goals. Sign up and you won't regret it!!
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Marvin V. February 18, 2017
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Hands down the best! She is super knowledgeable and accessible. She really helped me transform my body (and as a byproduct my mind/self image) for the best. Best decision i could of made.
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Lian P.

San Diego, CA 92108
(10)
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$30 / 15-min
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About Peter W.

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San Diego, CA
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Peter Wu is a disciple of Grandmaster Chen XiaoXing, the 19th generation direct lineage holder of Chen style Taijiquan. Peter studied Chen style taijichuan directly with grandmaster Chen XiaoXing, and his brother, grandmaster Chen XiaoWang. Peter also trained Shaolin Kung Fu with the Shaolin Warrior Monks included hand forms, weapons, Qi-gong, and meditation.
Peter participated the nationwide tournament ICMAC (international
Chinese martial art championship) in 2016, and was the Gold medalist in Tai Chi hand form and push hand.
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Kay R. June 9, 2017
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
Peter is great to work with. He very knowledgeable and moves at a pace that is just right. I am glad I found him.
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Peter W.

San Diego, CA 92128
(1)
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$60 / 45-min

About Justin S.

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About Justin
I'm a community minded individual with cross-disciplinary studies in History, Geography, and African American Studies. Experience planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs in small and large group settings. I played collegiate basketball for Valdosta State University and I was team captain. I have a passion for public speaking and teaching leadership skills. Public Speaking is the reason why I am very successful. I thrive to get my students out of there comfort zones so they can learn how to dominate and maximize their potential.
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Jessica D. Pennington March 7, 2019
· Public Speaking · Online
I can’t wait to get more lessons . Great Coach !
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Justin S.

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About Jordan B.

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San Diego, CA

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About Jordan
Experience with cheerleading, dancing, public speaking, and promotions. I have coaches for over 5 years and have hosted mini camps for high school JV/elementary kids, judged multiple cheerleading tryouts, and was a captain 3 out of 4 years in college! I have cheered throughout college and was a 2015 STL Rams Finalist! I was named captain 3 of 4 years during my time at Southern Illinois University! I was named MVP during my senior year of high school too! I have worked and trained very hard throughout my entire life with cheerleading! I have been everything from a co-ed flyer to a back spot. I know every position very well and how to train to be successful with each position.
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Jordan B.

San Diego, CA 92106
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$50 / 30-min

About Kenneth P.

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Bonita, CA
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I am here to help you train for your upcoming race. I love running hills. I love running. I have been described as a great encourager by my fellow running buddies. I am here for you anytime, running is my passion.
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Kenneth P.

Bonita, CA 91902
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$17 / 60-min

About Ashley D.

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Ramona, CA
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Ashley and Sasha have over 35 years of combined experience riding and showing horses. We specialize in most disciplines of horseback riding. Ashley started riding with a top Saddle Seat Equitation trainer and placed at A-Rated shows all over the U.S. In her early teens Ashley branched out into other disciplines such as Western and Hunt Seat. Later she attended Stephens College in Missouri for Equestrian Business. Sasha also started riding and showing in Saddle Seat, in her teenage years started training in Jumping and Dressage. Sasha also worked at a therapy riding center and is fluent in ASL.
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Ashley D.

Ramona, CA 92065
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$20 / 30-min

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