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

Alex Beckmann has been riding since he was twelve years old. He has learned from many big name riders & trainers such as Tracey Lert, Ashley Adams, Lainey Ashker, and George Morris. He originally started with a passion for reining, but ended up becoming more interested in English disciplines. He is an active competitor in eventing, running training level with his thoroughbred named PasstheGlow. Eventing is composed of three disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. He loves to share his in-depth knowledge of both dressage and jumping sports. Alex teaches all levels ages five and up. He hopes to provide a supportive environment and encourages his students to push themselves to their full potential.

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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.