Mirka 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. She seeks lightness in responsiveness, connection and harmony with each horse.

Over the years, through influence of many great human and equine mentors, Mirka has discovered that collection can be achieved even at liberty and bridle-less. She calls it 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. 

 

Mirka Crew - Trainer/Instructor/Clinician

MIRKA's ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2007 Winner of the Buckskin World Show in Working Cowhorse and Reserve in Reining with a Quarter Horse Tom Cat

  • 2009 Awarded a Level 6 ribbon by Pat Parelli for her spotlight at the Parelli Lakeland Celebration, where she and her quarter horse mare Magie "Bet On Magic" performed at liberty and bridleless

 

  • 2008-2012 Showed her mare Bet On Magic and a stallion DC Trade Mark at several NRHA and AQHA shows, placing top 5 each time.

 

  • 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 Souteast 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 Trained a 5 year old wild mustang mare Marshmallow, placing 3rd at the 100 day challenge, the Florida Extreme Mustang Makeover.

2019 ILHA Liberty Championship

Mirka showed Mystic Meadow Dancer of MPV "Elizabeth" for her owner Laura Wallace:

  • Pro Level 1 Advanced Champion

  • Pro Level 3 Reserve Champion

  • Combined Intermediate Champion

  • Bareback Bridleless Intermediate Co-Reserve Champion

  • Obstacles Liberty Intermediate Reserve Champion

Mirka also showed Hearts Call to Serve "Cali" owned by Karen Fitzgerald:

  • Bareback Bridleless Intermediate Co-Reserve Champions

  • Obstacles Liberty Intermediate Champion

2020 ILHA Virtual Liberty Competition May 1-3, 2020

Mirka showed Mystic Meadow Dream Catcher "Charlotte" for her owner Laura Wallace:

  • Level 1 Intermediate Champion

  • Combined Novice Champion

Mirka also showed Hearts Call to Serve "Cali" owned by Karen Fitzgerald:

  • Level 1 Advanced Reserve Champion

  • Combined Intermediate Champion

2020 ILHA Virtual Liberty Competition June 5-7, 2020

Mirka showed Cowboy In Vegas "Pal" for his owner Bob Hanes

  • Bareback Bridleless Novice Champion

  • Bareback Bridleless Intermediate Champion

2020 ILHA Virtual Liberty Competition July 31-August 2, 2020

Mirka showed Mystic Meadow Dream Catcher "Charlotte" for her owner Laura Wallace:

  • Freestyle Open Champion

2020 ILHA Virtual Liberty Competition September 18-20, 2020

​​Mirka showed Mercy Reigns for her owner Lewis Baber

  • Level 2 Novice Champion

  • Bareback Bridleless Champion

Mirka also showed Hearts Call to Serve "Cali" owned by Karen Fitzgerald:

  • Freestyle Open Champion

2020 Mustang Heritage Foundation Virtual Show - September 

Mirka showed her Mustang Gemma:

  • Walk-Trot-Lope OVERALL Champion

  • Walk-Trot-Lope Freestyle Champion

  • Walk-Trot-Lope Trail 2nd

  • Walk-Trot-Lope Pattern 4th

Mirka also showed her Mustang Marvel "Marshmallow":

  • Walk-Trot-Lope OVERALL 3rd

  • Walk-Trot-Lope Pattern Champion

2020 SCR WDAA recognized show #20-108 on 8-15-2020 Judge Judy Downer

Mirka showed her Mustang Gemma:

  • Basic Test 1 - 74.17% Class WINNER and the Show's High Point Grand Champion

2020 LSS WDAA recognized show #20-346 on 9-12-2020 Judge Lynn Newton

Mirka showed her Mustang Gemma:

  • Introductory Test 4 -  77.14% Class Winner

  • Basic Test 1 - 72.71% Class Winner

  • Basic Test 4 - 77.2% Class Winner & PERSONAL BEST SCORE with Mustang Gemma

Mirka also showed Mystic Meadow Dream Catcher "Charlotte" for her owner Laura Wallace:

  • Introductory Test 1 - 76.82% Class Winner

  • Introductory Test 3 - 83.5% Class Winner and the Show's Western High Point & OVERALL PERSONAL BEST SCORE to this date.

Phone number: 334-550-8750