Barbara Langley opened Horses of Course in 1988. She instructs dressage and western lessons. She competed on the A-Hunter/Jumper Circuit as well as the A-Dressage Circuit and is now the full time manager of Horses of Course. Barbara graduated from the University of Illinois and has both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature. She taught at Scott Community College. She is certified as a Master Instructor for horse riding lessons from CHA.
Julie Mann instructs hunter over-fences, jumping, dressage and western lessons. Julie is the IHSA coach and sponsor for Augustana College’s two traveling equestrian show-teams and Augustana College’s Equestrian Club. Julie comes to Horses of Course from 13 years at the Boston Equestrian Center where she was an instructor and competed on the A-Hunter/Jumper Circuit. She was also the IHSA coach for Becker College. Julie graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts and lives in Muscatine, Iowa with her son, Louis.
Kari Washburn grew up riding at Horses of Course and competed successfully on the A-Hunter/Jumper Circuit. After graduating from Saint Ambrose University, she had an extensive career in sales. After taking time off from horses to start a family, Kari came home and picked up where she left off. Kari donates her time to Horses of Course instructing beginner through novice students. She lives in Coal Valley with her husband, Tim, and their children. Kari recently purchased a gorgeous Registered Paint, Mr. Twist, and looks forward to developing his talent and getting back on the show circuit. Kari continues to have a thirst for knowledge taking every opportunity to learn more about every discipline of riding and horsemanship, not only for herself personally but to also help develop students in the Horses of Course program.