Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Brittney Chambers has over 20 years of experience in the horse industry, spanning English, Western, and Dressage disciplines. She consults, trains, and rehabs horses at Brookside Equestrian Facility in Sacramento, CA. As a trainer, Brittney specializes in rider biomechanics and English/Western fundamentals.
Since Brittney was young, she knew she would grow up to help horses and people, both of which she is very passionate about. In college, she obtained an associates Degree in Social Science, Bachelor's Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. On top of her educational experience, Brittney is certified as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH International.
Brittney has experience as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, has taught Alcohol and Drug classes in inpatient and transitional home settings, has developed life coaching programs for youth, and has supervised group home for young women. At the group home she has developed animal therapy programs for residents which lead her to more intentional integration of animals into therapeutic programming.
From Brittney's educational background and experience in the human services field, she has the ability to serve people with developmental and physical disabilities, mental health diagnoses, at-risk youth, and more. Her passion and driving purpose is to share the healing effects of horses and equine-assisted activities with vulnerable populations to build confidence and self-awareness. CBC Therapeutic Horseback Riding Academy achieves just that.
Glenn Chambers, Brittney's father, has over 55 years of experience training, handling and rehabbing horses. He has worked with many training disciplines from show jumping to Thoroughbred racing.
In 1968, Glenn began his career at Sportsmans Park (now Hawthorne Race Track) in Chicago, IL then worked horses in New Orleans and at several race tracks in Florida (Hialeah and Gulfstream). He traveled the East Coast working with horses and their owners from the track to the arena.
During his travels, Glenn worked with 1976 Preakness Stakes winner, Elocutionist, and studies under industry expert veterinarian Peter A. Linfoot, DVM. In 1987 and 1988, Glenn accompanied two horses to the Kentucky Derby and contributed largely to their success.
Glenn travels conducting horsemanship clinics and consulting on behavioral issues with horses. He teaches rehabbing principles and training techniques, ensuring owners work to build better relationships with their horses. Having Glenn on the CBC team allows the academy students to learn from the best expertise and experiences in the business.
Left to Right: Glenn exercising a horse | Glenn Chambers (Right) and 1987 Kentucky Derby Contender, Momentus | Glenn exercising a horse
Ellen wore her first pair of cowgirl boots at age 2 and by early age 4 she began her life-long relationship with horses. She grew up being instructed and coached in the Western discipline of riding. Trail riding has also been a life-long adventure which started at the age of 10 years old. She began trail riding at the age of 10 and her passion for horses and the outdoors come alive when she explores the trails.
Ellen worked as a wrangler and Lead Trail Guide, caring for the ranch string of trail horses and taking small groups on a guided trail ride along the trail system. Ellen has instructed Western lessons throughout her equine-related career. Ellen has also ran a horse camp for youth.
Ellen’s educational background holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication and a Master’s degree in Child Development, both from CSUS. Ellen’s focus in the Master’s program was positive identity development and positive youth development in childhood and adolescence. She studied the social, emotional, and identity development of children at a variety of ages.
Ellen has extensive experience in advocating for and mentoring youth. Ellen was the founder and Director of EDGE Club, an at-risk youth mentoring club in which cross-age peer mentoring was practiced. Ellen was also an Advisor and Lead Mentor in Magical Web, an after-school mentoring program for at-risk students in primary grades.
Ellen’s passion for children, horses, the outdoors, and teaching really comes together when she is instructing lessons. She is very, very excited to be on the CBC Team.
Christalle is a life long horse lover and rider. Christalle is the older sister of Brittney, and the other Daughter of Glenn. Christalle has been around horses for 30+ years.
She has experience in riding and teaching both the english and western disciplines. She also has a great deal of experience working with and training horses as well.
Christalle has experience in working with several different community organizations to help make a positive impact on the community.
Brooke is a 2nd year academy student. Brooke is very knowledgeable about how the barn works and the routines of all the horses. Brooke will be happy to answer any questions that you may have when you see her at the barn!
Hannah is a third year academy student. She is a wonderful student to learn from as she is very detail oriented and loves all of the horses with her whole heart. When you see Hannah around the barn, feel free to ask her any questions that you may have!