About Mirka Crew
Mirka is originally from the Czech Republic and is now a USA citizen and a manager of the Southern Cross Ranch.
She has spent 20 years training horses for public, competing in western disciplines, as well as teaching clinics and private lesson. Her main focus and passions are to train a versatile horse. Her favorite disciplines are reining, obstacles, ranch riding, western dressage, as well as liberty and bridle-less riding. She seeks lightness in responsiveness, connection and harmony with each horse.
Over the years, through the influence of many great human and equine mentors, Mirka has discovered that collection can be achieved even at liberty and bridle-less. She calls this process Posture Focused Training.
POSTURE FOCUSED TRAINING;
This style of training encourages lateral and vertical balance resulting in better self-carriage. The horse is taught and motivated in each session, on the ground and under saddle/bareback, to find better balance and eventually collection. This is achieved through series of exercises. The horse is eventually reminded to maintain better posture, instead of holding her/him in it. The horse learns and understands this concept mentally, rather than the rider physically micromanaging the horse's body into this posture.
2007 - Winner of the Buckskin World Show in Working Cowhorse and Reserve in Reining with a Quarter Horse Tom Cat
2008-2012 - Placed top 5 at NRHA shows
2009 - Awarded a Level 6 ribbon by Pat Parelli for her spotlight at the Parelli Lakeland Celebration, where she and her horse Magie performed at liberty and bridleless
2011 - Achieved a Level 4 ribbon for her spotlight with Sarah
2012 - Trained a 5 year old mustang from the wild, Second Chance, and competed at the SEMM 2012 after only 127 days of training, placing 28th over all and 10th in the reining class.
2013 - Trained a 5 year old mustang mare from the wild, Legacy, and competed at the Mustang Million after only 120 days of training, placing 25th over all out of 191 competitors.
2014 - Adopted Gemma for $125 at a local wild mustang adoption and competed with her at the first American Horsewoman's Challenge, placing 13th overall, Top 5 in Cowboy Dressage and Top 10 at Liberty.
2016 - Trained a 6 year old mustang gelding from the wild, Zen, for the Gonzales, LA Extreme Mustang Makeover, placing 5th.
2017 - Trained a 6 year old mustang from the wild, Nike, for the top trainers invitation only national competition Mustang Magic 2017, placing 4th.
2017 - Southeast Stock Horse Open Ranch Riding Champion and Open Ranch Trail Champion with her Quarter Horse Rhebok, reg. Della Smart Peppy
2017 - Southeastern Equestrian Association Open Level 2 Western Dressage Champion with her mustang from the wild Gemma
2018 - All Breed Western Dressage Grand Champion with Gypsy Vanner mare Lillie, owned by Laura Wallace at the Feathered Horse Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, among other wins were Freestyle, Ground Poles and Ranch Riding.
2019 - Placed 3rd at the Florida Extreme Mustang Makeover with mustang 100 days from being wild, Marshmallow
2019 - ILHA LIBERTY SHOW - Liberty Obstacles Intermediate Champion with Cali, Level 1 Advanced Champion with Elizabeth, Level 3 Intermediate Reserve Champion with Elizabeth, Combined Intermediate Champion with Elizabeth, Bareback-Bridleless Co-Reserve Champion with Cali and Elizabeth, Obstacles Liberty Intermediate Reserve Champion with Elizabeth