Horseback Riding Lessons, Hunters Jumpers Equitation, Calabasas California

Kost and Jenny Karazissis

                     Kost Karazissis and Casey

KOST KARAZISSIS

Kost is one of the most talented and sought after groundmen in the country.  He thinks like a horse and teaches from the heart.  He's helped some of the best jumper riders on the West Coast.  Kost is a past president of the California Professional Horseman's Assocation (CPHA) and winner of the CPHA Horseman of the Year award.

Kost's introduction to horses was watching his mother ride in a drill group at Pickwick Stables in Burbank.  He had to come along because they didn't have a babysitter.  Once he started riding he didn't stop until he was competing in the Grand Prix ring.

It's hard to talk about Kost without saying "and Jenny". The two of them are an inseparable team, one that has the ability to get the very best out of a horse and then demonstrate it in a way that attracts the attention of judges, spectators and buyers.

Jenny says, "Kost is a magician at realizing what a horse needs to jump its best.  I have so much respect for what he does that when I'm riding a horse for him I feel like a robot.  I have faith that he's setting up a situation that will make the horse better."

"We give a horse every chance to improve, and do everything we can to get it at its best.  It's very gratifying to see potential and have success through our hard work and experience."

Watch Kost and Jenny Karazissis in Action

Jenny & Kost Karazissis - Get to know this dynamic duo, from their introduction to the sport to their biggest influences. Youʼll be riveted by their amazing history together - truly an inspirational love story. Also, Jenny gives us a play by play of her beautiful Pro Challenge win aboard "Touchstone" at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
Kost Karazissis Video - Bending Lines - Kost and Jenny discuss and demonstrate your many options when it comes to correctly navigating bending lines.
Getting a Horse to Learn How to Back Up and Jump Rounder - In this session Jenny and Kost Karazissis show us one of the methods they use to make a horse jump its best. Jenny demonstrates on both a hunter and a jumper. Both horses show how the exercise makes them express themselves more vertically and improves their technique and arc.
Setting Up The Lead Change - In this session Team Karazissis describe and demonstrate exercises that establish direct communication to the three main parts of the horse & stimulate the haunch in order to facilitate the lead change.

 

Nick Karazissis Los Angeles Professional Horse Trainer