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Cheryl Manahan has owned and operated Wichita Riding Academy since it was founded in 1982. Cheryl Manahan attended William Woods University Equestrian Science program. Cheryl has instructed and trained many state and national champion riders and horses. Cheryl is a USEF Licensed Saddlebred, Morgan and Saddle Seat Equitation Judge. Cheryl is a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for Horsemanship. She is also a certified 4-H Judge and is an Examiner for the AMHA Horsemastership Achievement Program. In April of 2006, Cheryl was granted Level III certification from the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA).



Ron is a Riding Instructor at the Wichita Riding Academy, and has been part of the staff since 2006.  He is a former educator, and College Football Coach.  His passion for horses dates back to his days as a youth. 

Ron has shown horses in Open and AQHA shows in the disciplines of Western Pleasure and Western Horsemanship.  He’s retired and is currently riding and schooling his own horses, but can help you out with your Western Pleasure and Horsemanship skills.


Michael is affectionately know as WRAs’ Walking Encyclopedia.

Mike brings with him over 50 years of horse experience and knowledge.  He has worked several breeds of horses and ponies from New England to Oregon.  Working for some of the top stables in the country and operating his own training facility.  His patience and kindness with horse and riders truly fits with the Academy’s style.



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