Who is holding the reins?
At the age
of eight, Deborah Pearson-Moyers rode a giant Palamino into
the Wisconsin woods on a family camping trip. She returned with "horse
fever" which has never been cured. She trail rode on weekends
through middle and high school and finally in her twenties after years
of lessons, bought her first horse, Lady of London, who she rode endlessly.
She became a racehorse groom for pacers and trotters, worked on a Quarter horse
ranch, and led trail rides through the mountains of Virginia. She did
find time to graduate with honors from the University of Illinois with a counseling
degree and minor in Women's Studies and also to study Foundation
Arts and Social Development at Emerson College in England where she met
her husband, Peter. After teaching her own four children to ride, Blue Skies
of Mapleview LLC was born from a request to teach others. She has
now been teaching and learning from riding students since 1996 and leading
Women's Intuitive Riding sessions since 2004. She began to offer summer
daycamps in response to a request from riding parents and is happy to report
that she feels like the luckiest woman in the world to be living her life's dream
with horses and all that they have to offer us.
Riding instructor Sonja Pearson-Moyers
Sonja grew up riding her pony with her sister and friends in the rings at Blue Skies of Mapleview and then later through the corn fields and pastures of Maple View Farm. At age 12 she began showing her Appaloosa in Hunters. Sonja quickly decided that the world of eventing combined her love of trail riding and jumping in the cross country phase. Eventing also challenged her riding accuracy and connection with the horse in show jumping and dressage. Throughout her riding career, Sonja has trained with many local trainers from top eventers to an Extreme Mustang Makeover trainer. Sonja started teaching the summer camps and assisting with lessons when she was 16. She holds an associate’s degree in Animal Care and Management and a certificate in Animal Control. Sonja rides her own horses and teaches the afterschool riding lessons as well as clinics on groundwork, roundpenning, and horsemanship during summer camp. She enjoys watching her students grow, excel and advance.
Riding instructor Zoe Caira
Currently, Zoe Caira is attending North Carolina State University majoring in Animal Science. Her passion for horses has existed for as long as she can remember. She began weekly lessons at the age of 7. Later, Zoe began riding at summer camp and in regular after-school lessons with Deborah Pearson-Moyers at Blue Skies of Mapleview.? Zoe has enjoyed assisting Deborah in teaching riding students during after school lessons and later, began giving her own Saturday lessons. Her favorite summer activity has been and still is being head counselor at Blue Skies summer camps. Just recently, Zoe has become the official owner of a sweet mare, Lily, who she leased for three years and is now inseparable from. Zoe and Lily have taken lessons from several local trainers and have had their fun in the show rings. Zoe is currently interning at Summit Equine Veterinary Hospital in Apex and excited to share all she learns. She feels very lucky to have the opportunity to work with students and women of all levels on Saturdays during the school year and at summer horse camp.