We had the good fortune of connecting with Cayla Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cayla, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Working with horses is time consuming, and physically challenging, and often my hours are specifically when it is light out! Horses still need to be fed and cared for, regardless of the weather, but some balance can be made. When I first started out, I worked sun up to sun down, rain or shine, but over the years, I’ve tried to carve out a better balance, especially once my daughter was born. I try to take some time off when weather is less than ideal, and we try to plan vacations as a family throughout the year.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Horse Trainer and Riding Instructor, I am always outside and always physically active, which is both a blessing and a curse. I truly enjoy my work, and love being outside, but it’s not always fun in the dead of winter in CO! Despite the challenges, I am quite proud of how far I’ve come, from moving to CO in 2007 and knowing no one, to building a successful and well known business, and starting a non profit. It was certainly not easy, but I’ve always known where I wanted to be, and that helped keep me driven towards my goals. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, but most importantly, that honesty is always the best policy and to keep the horses welfare at the forefront.

In my program, I work to develop a better relationship between horse and rider, so that both reach their full potential and have fun doing it! I am dedicated to showcasing the versatility and value of the American Mustang, both through my own program, Mythos Equestrian LLC, and our non profit, Wild Rose Mustang Advocacy Group Inc..

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First of all, I’d certainly have them out to visit my farm in Wellington, as well as two fantastic boarding facilities in Fort Collins that have been instrumental to my success, Poudre River Stables and Taft Hill Acres. The Silver Grill in Old Town for breakfast, and Nicks Italian or Rodizio Grill for dinner. We’d also definitely have to make a trip to Horsetooth Resevoir and hike to the top of Horsetooth.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Joe and daughter, Elsa, as well as my family, friends and clients that have supported me along the way. Rocky Mountain Goldworks. They’ve supported our non profit and are the only jewelers to make jewelry in house I believe!

Website: https://www.mythosequestrian.com/

Instagram: Cst_mythos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSTraining17/

Other: https://www.facebook.com/WildRoseMAGIC/ https://www.wildrosemagic.org/

Image Credits
Rene Suazo Kathleen Bryan

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