"To ride on a horse is to fly without wings!"
"There are barns where you get on a horse, ride and go home. Then there's Santa Barbara Stables where everyone knows your name and loves your horse almost as much as you do. I get on my horse and let the worries of the day fade away. For those moments in time I'm in paradise. Private trails, private arenas, and a top-notch trainer, I couldn't want more. It's my time to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rebecca does everything she can to make sure I have the best ride and I am happy. She is like a happiness coach for my horse and me."
"Happy riders and of course happy horses are Rebecca's main interests! She continues to build my confidence and improves my equestrian skills in show jumping. The lessons are challenging but we still have a lot of fun. Her positive energy and her excellent understanding for every horses needs makes Rebecca an excellent trainer for every rider and horse. Thanks to her, every lesson is special and after getting off the horse I am already looking forward to my next lesson. With three arenas, possibilities for trail rides, an ocean view, plenty of beautiful blooming flowers and fruit trees you just never want to leave the ranch. "
"I HAVE KNOWN REBECCA ATWATER FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS AND WORKED WITH HER FOR 5 YEARS BEFORE STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS. (HORSE TRAINER, BREEDER AND A JUDGE FOR THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION.)
REBECCA IS A CONSCIENCES, COMPASSIONATE, PATIENT AND RESPECTED PROFESSIONAL.
SHE HAS A TALENT OF BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE AND WORK WITH CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS AND HORSES OF ALL AGES; REALIZING THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS SPECIAL NEEDS, WANTS AND GOALS. I HAVE SEEN HER GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKING THOSE PEOPLES REQUESTS AND DREAMS COME TRUE.
A BUSINESS WOULD BE BLESSED TO HAVE REBECCA AS A MEMBER OF THEIR ESTABLISHMENT. SHE IS A TRUE ASSET."
"I had known “of” and heard of Rebecca Atwater for years as a highly respected trainer and was so excited when the stars aligned and she had room for me in her program!
She found me the perfect horse and we are both in “ a little slice of heaven “ at Santa Barbara Stables . Rebecca truly is a horse whisperer and it shows as well as her ability to customize a program for each individual and above all to have fun ! Thank you Rebecca!"
"I have worked along side Rebecca Atwater over the past 17 years, and have had the privilege of witnessing her ability to train and instruct both horses and people with great success.
She is kind and fair and I was always amazed how she would keep her cool in even the most stressful situations. I have on more than one occasion looked to Rebecca for advise as I always knew I could count on her expertise. She is a great trainer as well as a great human being and I will give her my highest recommendations."
"Rebecca is a super sweet and talented trainer. I know many ladies that have ridden with her and couldn't say enough nice things about her and her horses, not to mention the beautiful facility!"
"Santa Barbara Stables gave me something I will always have: a love for horses. It started as an after school activity, then summer camp, and now my career. Right from the beginning I learned the importance of horsemanship. We took care of our own ponies, made their buckets after our lessons, and even at a young age learned to become all around horsemen, not just riders. As a professional I have started to teach more, and always have Rebecca's strategy in the back of my mind. She made our learning environment so fun, safe, and positive. It is for that reason that I developed the confidence in my ability that led me to accomplish my goals, even the scarier ones. Thanks to her, I never believed that there was something that I couldn't do."
"My experience training with Rebecca Atwater has always been a positive one since I started training with her in 2002. She has always been organized and professional in her training approach, while maintaining her positive and optimistic attitude.
Goals and horse show schedules are planned out at the beginning of the season, and under her training, horses and riders are well prepared to reach their goals. Lessons are structured so that they benefit the wellness and happiness of both horse and rider.
Her critique is always constructive, well explained, and positive. Horse shows are not stressful, since Rebecca explains to all her riders that horse shows provide learning experiences and that they are not about always winning the blue ribbon.
Rebecca spends equal amounts of time with all of her riders, ensuring that they receive the individualized attention and critique that they need. Rebecca is an amazing trainer and role model.
She has supported, challenged, and given me the opportunity to be the best rider and horse owner that I could possibly be."
"I had the opportunity to train with Rebecca when my mare was 4 years old. I believe it was in 1998 when she started to work with her. Green rider green horse not the best match but from day one Rebecca was up for the challenge.
Rebecca and my horse Evita formed a wonderful bond and Rebecca was extremely patience and kind with her.
Throughout the years we went to earn may blue ribbons together and championships.
Evita was a talented hunter and Rebecca was gentle, kind and patient with my red hair mare.
My horse had a tragic accident in 2009 and Rebecca was the one with her when she took her last breath. Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for Rebecca.
I believe Rebecca would be an asset to any barn who is looking for a caring responsible trainer."
Dedicated, safe, and professional, Rebecca Atwater always strives to make each lesson a constructive and positive experience. Her ability to take on different approaches in teaching means that I spend less time getting stuck, and more time improving my riding. This flexibility, coupled with the energy and passion Rebecca consistently brings to each lesson yields an environment where I can both learn effectively, and have fun. These same principles apply to her horsemanship - her attention to detail, patience, and most importantly, love and care of horses means that I rest easy knowing my horse is in good hands when I'm not there. Evidence of Rebecca's skill in training horses is clear to me, as each time I get on my horse I notice him getting calmer, his movements smoother, and happier! I would highly recommend Rebecca, and the whole SB Stables team.
"Rebecca is like no other trainer I have worked with. One of the things I like the most about Rebecca is that she is a trainer of remarkable versatility. She is knowledgeable in show jumping, dressage, breaking young horses and pleasure riding. She can go from teaching a young child to ride a horse for the very first time, to coaching an advanced rider over a course of jumps.
Rebecca taught me to be a stronger rider by reverting back to the basics, focusing on mainly tedious dressage work, as well as tons of riding in with "no irons".
In addition to this, I applaud Rebecca's ability to build trust and confidence with her riders. I have witnessed this while she was coaching myself, as well as many of her beginner riders. She does this by spending quality time with each client, making sure they are comfortable with their horse and their surroundings before getting in the saddle. I have enjoyed watching how she has transformed a once timid and inexperienced rider into one that is both confident in themselves and their horse.
Aside from her outstanding recognition in the horse world, I found riding with Rebecca to be therapeutic. She always has something positive and uplifting to say, whether it is about riding or life in general. To me, Rebecca is my trainer, a mentor and of course a friend."