Benson Equestrian, LLC

Hunter/Jumper Lessons, shows, sales Based out of Ross Tarkington Stables in McKinney, TX. Benson Equestrian (previously Lone Star Strides) is a hunt-seat equitation and hunt-seat over fences lesson program.

Lessons are available for the beginner all the way to the more advanced rider. They are also available for pleasure riding and for those looking to get back in shape and refresh their riding skills. Our number one goal is to provide a safe, fun, learning environment that focuses on understanding the skill of riding and the proper care of horses. Karen (instructor/trainer) has been riding hunt-seat equitation and over-fences since 2002. Karen graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and rode for the equestrian team. Karen also took classes specifically for hunt-seat equitation/over-fences and western horsemanship. She has continued to grow in her knowledge of horse care and management as well as advancing her skill with training and schooling advanced horses. Karen is currently being mentored by Jeff White. In 2014, Karen furthered her education by becoming a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH International. Therapeutic riding Lessons are also available. There must be a parent/guardian consultation and rider evaluation with Karen prior to scheduling lessons.

Mission: To provide a safe, fun, learning environment for all ages and skill levels! "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." - Winston Churchill

Operating as usual

We had such a fun weekend showing in Tyler for our year-end show! Lots of first time experiences for Soprana (she got two 4ths), and the littles had great rounds in their classes, both coming out with some ribbons. Also a bonus when you get to be in the same show ring with friends!


Soprana had her first outing this weekend and on day two we decided to go in the Jumper ring! It was raining and we didn’t get to school in there beforehand. She got 4th in P&S round.

Kairi and Rhythm and Blue! They’ve only been working together for a week and had fantastic rounds today! #dhjsc #texasrosehorsepark

Welcome to the Benson team, Blue! Excited for Kairi to have her new buddy to work with! Congrats Stell family!

[10/18/20]   Keep your eye on this cute horse. Soprana has been in my program for 1 month now! Everything you see here has been from Sept. 17th until today. I entered her in her first show three days after her sale and she won Champion in her division. She has been super fun to work with and is moving along great with her training.
16.1 Holsteiner mare, 7yo.
3’+ Hunter Prospect. Papers and clean back xrays.

Field day with Link and Emerson, Layne and Carlos!

Super happy to announce that Carlos has a new person at the barn! Layne is officially his kid and these two have a very bright and competitive future ahead!

Great weekend hosting our Caspian show!
@moose.and.ria played in the jumper ring for the first time, @emerson_eq14 and Link competed in puddles and schooling and had some great rounds!
Megan and Ruby Lou continue to make great improvements in wt cross rails, Layne and Carlos rocked their 2’ maiden classes together. @luv_montecarlo Kairi had a catch ride on Dandee last minute and had fun getting around winning two ribbons!
Our new sale horse, Soprana, had lovely rounds today for her first time in the 2’ hunters taking home Champion!

The girls had a great time @hiddenlakefarmtx yesterday!Megan and Ruby Lou came out with a couple ribbons in their poles division at their first show together. This horse used to be a barrel horse years ago and has only been in new training for a couple weeks!
Layne and Dandee Delight, and Ria and Andreas (@moose.and.ria) had some great rounds and placings in 2’ Maiden.
We caught some scary weather on the way home but the horses were troopers while we were pulled over to wait it out.

The Benson crew had a great weekend in Waco!
Ria and Andreas had lovely rounds and came out Reserve Champion in both Maiden and Open Hunters (first time to take home tri colors), and 4th in the 2’-2’3” Hunter Classic.
Emerson and The Missing Link made some great improvements and bumped up to Puddles on day 2.
Megan, riding Dandee Delight, showed for the first time this weekend and had great rounds in both her poles and x-rail divisions. This kiddo has only had 4 lessons off the lunge line and has worked so hard for this show!
Great job riders!

#dhjsc @ Extraco Events Center

These girls put in some hard work at the Hidden Lake show today! Congrats to Layne and Carlos, in the ring for the first time together, placing in the ribbons for 3 rounds. Emerson @emerson_eq14 and her new partner, Link, looked great and came out with two 4th places and 6th in the Jumper Medal.


Merriwood show this weekend!
Layne and Dandee Delight, @ria.rampuria and Andreas, @emerson_eq14 and The Missing Link.

Fun working with Hollywood!

#greeny #hollywoodsgotscope

Tokaruk Show Stables

Lighten your horse after the jump! Does your horse get strong 💪🏽 or heavy after the jumps? This Cavaletti exercise can help him get lighter, softer and more rideable by rebalancing your canter! Many thanks to @melanie_smith_taylor for sharing this exercise with me years ago! Also thanks to owner @kleehellerman for sending me this fantastic 🦄 Celine to ride and sell or lease! Feel free to message me with any questions! I’ll try to post more videos soon! Stay safe and healthy at home, everyone! 😃🙌🏼


Introducing a new member of the team - Hollywood! I’m so excited to work with this horse and have him help me out with lessons. Big thanks to owner, Mitzi Archinal, for letting me lease him!

Does it get much better than this floaty line by Emerson and Link? He has been doing fantastic with his lead changes lately too!
#progress #workhardplayhard

Have you ever seen a dreaming horse??? 😄😴 Moose enjoying his post rainy-morning nap.

Timeline Photos

Emerson and Link have been working hard and doing fantastic! Getting ready for show season! #workhardplayhard

Spring is right around the corner and I’m offering a spring deal!
Buy a package of 3 lessons, get the 4th *FREE*! $165.
Package(s) must be bought by March 15th.

Must be used by the end of July.
No refunds once bought.

Layne had a fantastic lesson with Carlos today!

I came across this today. So true. This sport is hard and has a number of challenges, but it is also so rewarding. It takes grit (literally blood, sweat, and tears) and dedication and students learn life lessons working with these animals.

Let your child have a bad ride.
I know you want to protect them from the hardships of this world.
I know you want to give them success and good experiences.
I know you don't want to see them get hurt. To see them fall. To see them fail.
But, hear me out, let your child have a bad ride.

Let them cry the tears of frustration.
Let them shake the sand out from the inside of their riding pants.
Let them face the fear building inside of them.
Let them step back on again.

Yes, let your child have a bad ride.
Let them hate the horse that challenges them.
Let them learn what fight and passion and ambition mean.
Let them realize that when they refuse to quit the horse will take the time to listen.

Grant them the joy of realizing that they are connecting with another living being.
Grant them the joy of realizing that they, although they are small, can be powerful.
Grant them the joy of seeing their hard work pay off, through the days of tears can come a love unspeakable.

Yes, let your child have a bad ride.
Afterall, life will grant us plenty of them.

*not my words, but I loved them so much I just had to share.* written by Sarah Crouse!

We have a few new horse/rider combos this year and we were so happy to get in the ring for the first time at the Stony Glen Christmas show! Emerson and Link, Ria and Moose. So proud of these girls and their hard work this year!
#stonyglenstables @emerson_eq14 @ria.rampuria

Interested in riding lessons?
Hunter/Jumper lessons available in Anna! All skill levels, ages 6+. Ride for fun or competitively. Please contact Karen for more info and price.
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*Brag alert* This is a horse that I trained english and over fences in my program. We sold him this year and the little buddy took home Circuit Champion in short stirrup on the A circuit. Love seeing the success of one of my trained horses. Well done Truely Chocolate and rider!

Thanks for the great pictures @emerson_eq14 ! Quinn’s first lead line class 😊

Congratulations to the Luna family on their new horse, Lincoln (aka “Link”)! These two are going to make a great team and I’m so excited for Emerson to start working with her new partner!
(Previously known as Merlyn)
Thanks to Kadi Eykamp with Kadi Eykamp Eventing for being great to work with.

These two had a great lesson! Working on #goals.


Big congrats to the new owners of this fella! Ria and Moose are going to be a great team and I look forward to seeing their progress together!

Excited to start training again in my new Miss Samshield helmet!

Congrats to Genna and Andreas (Moose) on their first blue ribbon together!
Genna is a college student who gets in as much ride time as she can when she’s in town. This was only her second show over the past couple years. Well done, rider! She also came out with two 4ths and a 5th.

Jessica working with Moose the other day.

More show pictures from Stony Glen yesterday!
Katie and Remy, Emerson and Moose, Kairi and Carlos, Helen and JJ.

Huge congrats to Emerson and Andreas (Moose) on their first Reserve Champion together! I’ve said it before, but her hard work is definitely paying off and it shows in the ring. At Stony Glen.
P.S. look how handsome Moosey is.
#progress #dhjsc

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11806 Turtle Creek Ln.
Anna, TX

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Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00
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