About Chanel- Owner & Trainer
Hello! My name is Chanel Olson and I’m 27 years old. I was born in Seattle and lived just outside the area for 18 years. I grew up watching horse racing at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington and I guess that's where my love for horses started! I spent a lot of time early on riding and training at an Arabian sport horse barn but also rode at other barns and worked with different trainers. I was a very ambitious, horse-crazy, young girl so with the help of my family I started teaching lessons at 14 years old and had a horse club for kids. My family and I trained our own horses and also held summer horse camps.
In 2010 I moved to Kalispell, Montana with my family. I train horses and teach lessons on my family's ranch here. I have experience in a lot of disciplines including showmanship, halter, western pleasure, reining, trail, hunter/jumper, dressage, saddleseat, gaming, barrel racing, rodeo pageants, etc. I'm a multi-discipline rider but really enjoy barrel racing, Dressage, and jumping. Because I ride both disciplines I named myself The Cowgirl English Rider and from there developed my training business, Cowgirl Equestrian. My love is the Thoroughbred and retraining them off the track. But my greatest joy and passion is teaching.
I love sharing my horses, knowledge, and experiences with others. I've got huge dreams that I'm making a reality. Follow me through my journey here and on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. I'm hoping I can inspire and help others along the way!
About Olivia- Trainer
Olivia is Chanel's younger sister and shares the same passion for horses. She has experience in most disciplines and different types of horses. In high school she was involved in 4-H and High School Rodeo. Olivia competed in the Northwest Montana Pro Rodeo Pageant and was crowned the 2016 NWMT Pro Rodeo Queen. Now she sits on the pageant board and helps other girls with their dreams. She is very excited to share her experiences and knowledge about horses and rodeo with others. Olivia is currently teaching and training at the ranch too.