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 Zoe Caira
Zoe has loved everything about horses for as long as she can remember. She began weekly lessons at the age of seven. It was not until middle school when she attended her first week of Summer Camp at Blue Skies of Mapleview that she was hooked on the gentle, caring approach of working with horses that still remains at the core of the Blue Skies lesson program. While in lessons, Zoe eagerly assisted Deborah at any birthday parties, camps, and beginner lessons that she could. Later, she leased the only horse ever born at the farm; ‘Lily Blue Skies’. In 2017 Zoe graduated from North Carolina State University. Through her years studying Animal Science and Agricultural Business at NCSU, Zoe returned regularly to teach the Saturday lessons at Blue Skies. Now she is excited to be teaching some weekday afterschool lessons in addition to Saturdays! When she is not teaching lessons or leading summer camp clinics at Blue Skies, Zoe is probably working with her beloved Lily, who she now happily owns!
Riding instructor Sara Pearson-Moyers
Sara Pearson-Moyers grew up riding and caring for horses at Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC with her family. She graduated from Guilford College in 2008 with a Psychology and Criminal Justice degree, and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina Central University. She works with horses and dogs, and has a great passion for helping children and adults learn from these majestic and intuitive creatures. She believes in the power of the herd (and pack) and loves sharing her passion for relating to these amazing creatures. She currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Wayne, and their two cats, Fancy and Carmella, and four dogs Sushi, Ebi, Jah and Sylvia. Her passions include traveling, social justice, learning, hiking/exploring with dogs/horses, and helping people achieve balance through work with animals.