Our Trainers

Our Trainers

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Crystal Matthews

Crystal Matthews received her trainer certificate with the United States Hunter/Jumper Association in 2010. She teaches all types of riding, from Hunter/Jumper to 3 day Eventing, to Western. She has letters of recommendation from Greg Best, Heather Fogarty, and Susan Crenshaw. Crystal has started 10 horses from scratch, and has taken many horses off the track and turned them into show horses. She competed on the A show circuit as a junior rider, and has worked for some of the A Circuit show barns. She has learned from internationally known riders and trainers as George Morris and Greg Best, as well as Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis. Crystal enjoys teaching people of all ages, from 6-60.

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Tara Parcella

Tara Parcella has 16 years of riding experience in competitive and non-competitive disciplines. She began with basic western riding and barrel racing until she found her true love of jumping. Tara has experience in the hunter and equitation rings, and was President of the Equitation show team at UC Santa Cruz. She has also competed at local gymkhana shows. Her ultimate goal is to be the most well rounded rider she can. To achieve this she has studied some basic dressage, natural horsemanship as well as just spending countless hours on trails. Tara hopes to help her students find the same passion she has for riding and achieve their personal goals, whatever they may be. She believes there is unlimited experiences to be had and things to be learned in the saddle as well as on the ground. Most importantly Tara wants her students to feel safe and confident while still overcoming challenges and learning as much as they can.

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Alex Beckmann

Alexander Beckmann, owner of AMB Equestrian, has been riding since he was twelve years old. He has learned from many renowned riders & trainers such as Tracey Lert, Anne Howard, Joanne Bolton, Alexis Martin-Vegue, Lainey Ashker, Tanya Vik, Heidi Riddle, Mary Wanless, and George Morris. Alexander has previously competed in rated shows through training level in eventing with his thoroughbred named Pass The Glow, and schooled through intermediate level. He is now working and riding directly under the first 4 USDF (Dressage Grand Prix) Gold Medalists listed as well as training green horses and rescues to be sold as hunters, jumpers, & eventing prospects. Eventing is composed of three disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Alexander loves to share his in-depth knowledge, tailored to his students of both dressage and jumping disciplines with scientifically accurate instruction through rider biomechanics. He teaches all levels ages five and up. Whether you are riding for the first time or wanting to ride competitively, Alexander works to provide his students a supportive environment with clear and detailed pathways towards short and long-term riding goals.

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Our Stable

We cater to all ages with kids camps to solo horse leasing

Bear Creek Stables is a historic ranch with over 100 years of use

We are in a prime location to offer riding to bay area residents

Welcome to
Bear Creek Stables

Located in the Los Gatos hills, Bear Creek Stables provides a family-friendly environment for boarding your horse. A working stable since the 1930s, Bear Creek offers paddocks and pasture facilities. We have one large arena, a smaller arena, a round pen, and extensive trails.

Situated in the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Bear Creek Stables gives riders access to miles of scenic trails through oak and redwood forests.