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Malinda Kregoski may have been a horse crazy kid, but as an adult she has channeled that passion into a successful equestrian career. Born and raised in El Dorado county, Malinda is excited to be able to share her love of horses with the community.
In the summer of 2000 Malinda moved Equine Unlimited Inc. from her small property in Cameron Park to it’s current 33-acre location in Rescue. The facility has been a work in progress and now boasts two indoor barns, numerous pipe-pens and beautiful rolling pastures. Visitors are greeted by two bronze horses flanking the sides of the main show barn when they enter the property. As they wander past the large gazebo they are drawn to the observation area in front of the oversized arena. Chairs are set out along the arena rail, under the shade of a mammoth oak tree.
The arena is always bustling with both children and adults honing their riding skills. There isn’t much you can’t do with a horse or pony at Equine Unlimited. All disciplines are welcome, as are all ages and skill levels. Though Malinda is a professional show ring coach, whose students are regular contenders on the show circuit, she loves to share her 30-plus years of experience with all riders.
“I want my students to come out and have fun, while also teaching them the fundamentals of good horsemanship,” she said.
Her extensive background includes three years working with Euro Disney, where she played Annie Oakley in the Wild West show. Building on her English riding foundation, she included cutting, reining, cart driving and mileage working with all ages and breeds of horses.
The show-oriented students at her barn have the advantage of being able to show both in and out of the area. While some of the newer riders like to stick to the local Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association circuit, many others attend rated shows with Malinda in Southern California and beyond. They are a competitive group and the Equine Unlimited show tent is often covered in blue ribbons.
Like any teacher, Malinda often runs into her students when she’s out in the community, explaining, “It’s a great reminder of how much I enjoy the privilege of helping both children and adults develop their knowledge and love for horses.”
Equine Unlimited has a strong family emphasis. “Family members are welcome here. Often we have entire generations coming out to watch a lesson,” Malinda said. “The barn is also an extended family for many of the riders. Parents often leave their children after a lesson to stay and help clean tack or fill water buckets. I pride myself on giving kids a hands-on opportunity to learn all aspects of horsemanship.”
Summer is a special time at the barn and from May to August Malinda welcomes riders from all over the area to her horse camps. For most kiddie campers (ages 4 to 6) it’s their first exposure to horses and Malinda makes it a fun one, with riding and horse themed crafts and games. For youth campers (ages 7+) the day includes riding lessons as well as a hands-on curriculum that includes everything from haltering and leading to veterinary care.