Changing Leads is excited to welcome Angelika Beutel of Frederick, Colorado, to the Board. Beutel has played a significant role in the growth of the program over the last year, having successfully retrained and placed a half-dozen Changing Leads Thoroughbreds within her network in the state of Colorado.
Angelika has experience teaching and training to 4th level dressage and the FEI CIC* level in three-day eventing. Originally from Munich, Germany, she began riding at age seven, and grew up competing in dressage, show jumping, and combined-training disciples. In 2001, Angelika earned her FN Silver medal, a national test combining 1.20m show jumping and 3rd level dressage. She completed her instructor/trainer certification at the Hanoverian Riding School in Verden, Germany in 2003. She has trained with many accomplished riders throughout Germany and the US, including Karen O'Connor, Brian Sabo, John Williams, Christoph Hess, and Eric Smiley to name a few. Angelika has a special passion for the process of starting and bringing along young horses.
In 2004, Angelika moved across the pond to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While in Boulder, she built her horse training and teaching business, Summit Equestrian, LLC, from the ground up. A former gymnast, she also enjoyed vaulting on horseback as a youngster, and she still takes occasional vaulting lessons. When not busy teaching clients or working with horses, Angelika loves spending time with her husband, Bret, and son Brandon.
We look forward to the expertise Angelika will bring to the program, and we're excited to extend our professional relationship with her.