Karla Coffey

Karla Coffey preparing for her equestrian career

My name is Karla Jo Coffey. I came from Boone, a small town in western North Carolina. I've always had a passion for horses and for riding.

I remember when I was little, my grandfather use to plow the tobacco fields with an old white horse named Bob. I was too small to help, so he would sit me upon Bob and let me enjoy the ride through the fields. (That's when I got hooked on horses.) But as I grew, I had to start helping with the work and dearly missed my rides on Bob. Somewhere between the barn and the tobacco field, I realized I wanted to ride, I wanted a horse of my own.

I worked hard and saved enough money to buy a three year old Appaloosa. I rode him everywhere on trails and wagon trains. But it wasn't enough. I wanted more. I wanted a career with horses. I decided to go to school and learn all I could. Now, I'm nearing my graduation day and I'm kind of nervous but excited. My main interests are in cutting and reining. Someday, I plan to have my own training and showing facility.

Karla will graduate with a Riding Master VI on Feb. 27, 1998. She has taken a job working for Stephen and Cindy Stephens in Weatherford, TX.


When I left the Manor I had accumulated almost 2000 hours in the saddle under some of the finest instructors in the world. I was a new person, full of the confidence that comes with realizing a dream. I now have a solid foundation to continue on my own, to set new goals and realize new dreams.
Kelly Lagos: 2005 Riding Master VI Graduate