New Offerings:
Introduction to Mountain Trail Curriculum Options



The Introduction Mountain Trail curriculum can now be completed through various scheduling options including public coaching clinics, semi-private coaching clinics, and private coaching clinics. These options provide more flexibility for folks to schedule and participate in coaching clinics on dates and times that are more convenient. We also offer the curriculum in two formats; a two-day format for riders/handlers of all skill levels, and a one-day accelerated format for more experienced riders.

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Announcing the Southern Nevada Equestrian Crosstraining Initiative



Envision a world where equestrians experience unimagined possibilities in their horsemanship journey. Barbara H. Callihan and Lisa Horning have joined forces to deliver high quality, diverse, and unique learning opportunities and events to the Southern Nevada equestrian community that expose trainers and riders to new, creative, and fun ways to strengthen their partnership with their equine partners and achieve their personal horsemanship goals.

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My Name is Barbara Callihan
I Am an Equesrtrian Coach & Trainer



I’m a third generation equestrian coach, trainer, and clinician, and a fourth generation Nevadan. I've spent most of my life in the saddle and on the trails. I am committed to equine excellence across multiple disciplines and will be your partner in discovering equestrian adventures.

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Happy Hoof Beats Equestrian Center was founded by Barbara H. Callihan in 2005 after successfully running an equestrian facility in Las Vegas since 1971. An equestrian professional for more than 60 years, Barbara is committed to equestrian excellence and develops personalized horsemanship coaching and equine training programs across multiple competitive and recreational disciplines. Barbara is passionate about coaching and training, and takes great pride in helping anyone realize their equestrian dreams and discover equestrian adventure in all its forms. Barbara enjoys fostering fellowship in the equestrian community, and is committed to giving folks from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds a fun and safe place to celebrate their love of horses. She believes if you dream it, and work for it, it’s possible.

Located in Pahrump, an hour west of Las Vegas towards Death Valley National Park, HHB is a well-equipped, full-service facility that borders Bureau of Land Management land with open riding available all the way to California. The facility also features HHB Equestrian Trail Park of Southern Nevada — the Southwest’s first state-of-the-art IMTCA Extreme Mountain Trail Course. Whether you’re looking for personalized or group coaching, training, social events, competitive events, or boarding, Happy Hoof Beats Equestrian Center is the perfect place to experience your next equestrian adventures.


"I could write volumes praising talents; honesty, loyalty, and integrity. Suffice it to say that I have trusted her with my child, my horses, and in the future I intend to trust her with my grandchildren."

Rita Mulder

Candlewood Arabians
Las Vegas, NV
(now residing in Oregon)

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"Barbara has been a trusted and efficient supplier of equestrian services. She has helped make my horse riding and western dreams come true."

Al Bernstein

ESPN Sportscaster
Las Vegas, NV

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"My daughter remained under Barbara's supervision for eight years. This experience was not only rewarded with winnings and ribbons in equitation, it also spread to building a responsible young lady. Students under her supervision win constantly – to win a Blue or Red ribbon competing against her, or one of her students is not an easy ride."

Metta Juan Vigna

Majestic Arabians
Las Vegas, NV

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