Pony Palooza Equine Education -
About Us
Our program is based on the belief that the safety and fun of our riders is of the utmost importance. All of our experienced instructors are dedicated to teaching your child both how to ride and care for their lesson horse. As a result, a high percentage of our lesson program thrives from returning students and referrals.

Pony Palooza camp continues to offer an affordable and individualized horse camp to children in the Pittsburgh area. Our goal is to create a fun and safe equine environment for children to learn through hands-on activities. We offer summer camps and birthday parties as well our lesson program, which continues year-round. We offer private half hour and hour lessons on a variety of lesson horses as well as small group lessons. With our experienced instructors, parents can be sure that their child is getting a comprehensive equine education in a friendly atmosphere.

We would welcome the opportunity to teach your child about the wonderful world of horses.

For more information, contact:
Carrie Torre

Meet the Instructors:
Carrie Torre

Born on Torre farm, Carrie has grown up with horses and is a true horse lover. She has been riding since she was a toddler and competing since she was 4. She has competed successfully in both English and Western events at South Park as well as the Northeast Ohio Mini Trial Series. Her major awards include: AMHR Pleasure driving national champion and High point award three years in a row for saddle up show series. She currently has 9 horses and is a junior in the Robert Morris University Honors College.  Carrie is a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Financial Math.Carrie has been giving lessons for 7 years and loves working with kids both in and out of the barn. She is the owner and head instructor at Pony  Palooza Equine Education. Prior to entering high school, Carrie started Pony Palooza Equine Education as a private lesson program for kids of all ages and the business grew from there!  She looks forward to continuing passing her passion of horses onto children as she continues schooling at Robert Morris University. Carrie focuses now on Pony Palooza as she aims to teach children how to be successful both on and off horses and in the show arena.

Taylor Smokonich

Growing up in a family with little horse background, Taylor fell in love with horses at Girl Scout camp as a nine year old.  Taylor began showing at the age of eleven and has successfully competed in a variety of western and English events, but her true passion remains in Showmanship and Barrel Racing. Competing locally in Washington county for five years, Taylor gained tremendous experience with showing. Three years ago, Taylor showed at her first All American Youth Horse Show in Columbus, Ohio. In the last three years she has won a top three, top five, and finalist award at the show. Taylor has also been involved in 4-H for seven years and has held offices of President, Secretary, and Treasurer of her club. Through 4-H Taylor has competed in the horse judging competition held during State Days at Penn State, where she won first place in junior horse judging in 2012.  Taylor has a passion for working with kids and she is currently attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania for early childhood education and special education. Taylor is currently a junior at IUP.

Rachael Kamicker

Rachael has had a love for horses her entire life.  At the age of 8, Rachael got her first horse.  At this time, she showed in a variety of English events including hunter under saddle, equitation, and jumping.  While attending Westminster College, Rachael was a member of the equestrian team. She served several roles on the team, including President/Captain. Additionally, Rachael successfully competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) and gained a tremendous experience with showing.  Rachael has a passion for working with kids and is currently a teacher at a local district.  Rachael’s main philosophy lies in helping children achieve their fullest potential both on and off horses. 

Catherine Doane

Catherine has been riding for 18 years, competing in Hunters, Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Equine Business Management from Averett University where she was a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team. Catherine also earned her American Riding Instructors Certification (ARIA) Level 1 Eventing and Level 2 Dressage. While at university, members of the equestrian department traveled to Vechta, Germany and earned their Basis Pass and the Level IV small bronze medal, awarded by the German Equestrian Federation.  Catherine loves to teach riders of all ages and experience levels. She believes in building a partnership between horse and rider than can only be made through long happy days at the barn.

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