My name is Nikki Roshon and I would like to formally welcome you to Transitions. Riding has always been my passion, I spent a large portion of my life begging for lessons and once I finally got in the saddle, I was absolutely hooked.
My experience is wide encompassing having ridden hunters, jumpers and equitation, dabbled with reining, showmanship, western pleasure and even competing in the Arabian circuit. In high school I campaigned my challenging mount in low-level jumpers, qualifying for AQHYA Youth World in 2010 as well as winning several titles locally including the Anne Grossman Memorial Mini Prix. I competed intercollegiate as a member of both the Lake Erie College and Ohio State University Equestrian Teams. At OSU I headed Public Relations for the team which helped me to deepen my relationships within our horse community and understand the pulse of our sport. This lead to an incredible opportunity working for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program where I gained incomparable experience rehabbing race horses fresh off the track and retraining them for careers in all disciplines.
I am thankful for the guidance I have received throughout my career by notable trainers including Amy Masters, Karen Lenehan, Casey Pierce, Joel Potter and Deb Gasser. I have been working for the past several years under the guidance of Kerrie Matesich, an USDF “L” Graduate, Bronze Medalist and USDF Instructor with strong affiliations with Ohio 4-H and the United States Pony Club. Kerrie has deepened my appreciation for the biomechanics of riding and that we must always do our due diligence to lessen our burden on our horses to truly allow a partnership to bloom. Kerrie has a knack for making dressage easily understandable and attainable for all riders and as her protege I intend to carry on her work.
Low level eventing is now my specialty, and you will find my students at neighborhood horse trials, dressage schooling shows, hunter paces and taking their first lap around nationally recognized events. I'm proud to help produce students that can accomplish their competitive goals, however, I seek to offer the community more than a leg up in to the show ring. It's my priority to create independent and educated horsemen and women, before anything else. I've always appreciated the immense work it takes to develop a successful horse and rider pair, with a special passion for the underdog. I've dedicated a large part of my teaching career helping riders who struggle with confidence and green, unbroke or "problem" horses.
Through Transitions I hope to offer the equine community an affordable and reliable educational experience while always preserving the integrity and dignity of the horses we love so much.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any inquiries.