Saddle Up with Beth Eva

By Carole Grosch | Reporter

“You can’t hang on to blessings, you have to pass them on, you can’t be stingy with them,” explains Beth Eva, owner and trainer at Heartland Ranch. “People need to bless each other back.”  

Located east of Clovis, Heartland Ranch is Eva’s home where she trains horses and gives riding lessons to anyone who wants to learn to ride, learn new skills or perfect the ones they have. Known to be very patient and good with fixing problems, she spends time with the rider and horse to evaluate how they interact with each other.

“I’m passionate about this, when people get those ‘aha!’ moments,” she said. “I start from the beginning – there’s no one right or wrong way – it’s what works for you. With a horse, you have to show you are the leader and you need to understand each other’s body language. We need to mimic their movements to communicate”.

Eva is originally from Tarpey Village. She graduated from Clovis High School and has been around horses since she was nine years old. Active in Gymkhana and 4-H, she never had riding lessons and learned by observation; in fact one of the reasons she went to horse shows was to observe and learn.  

Now she has boxes of ribbons, trophies and awards.

“Beth is a very special lady,” says John Bacorn, who knows the horse trainer through his pick-up trailer hitch business. “She saw someone throw a dog out of a car window once, stopped and rescued the dog. Before they could even get home, the dog started having puppies. Beth kept the mother and found good homes for all of the puppies.”

Starting out, Eva did well in pole bending events, won the AQHA Junior Division and the Fresno County Quarter Horse Division. After learning to do maneuvers, she was part of a drill team for a year and an instructor for the Clovis Reserves Mounted Patrol, where she taught officers how to ride and handle their mounts.

While raising her two sons, Eva moved to her current home. In 2001, she started a licensed day care business and rode primarily on evenings and weekends; holding clinics on sorting, giving lessons and training people with their horses. Over a period of time, the arena was upgraded as lights and stalls were added.

“People have to learn how to communicate with their horses,” Eva said. “Without communication, there is no relationship.”

Beth Eva can be reached at 1betheva1@att.net