Joe comes to us with a wealth of management experience as well as over 25 years experience with horses. His roots started him riding western on trails and then he moved onto barrel racing competitions. He managed a standardbred racing stable for 13 years but never lost his passion for the quarter horse. He has extensive training in medical care for our equine friends. Joe’s passion is to help people understand the horse and to teach people the correct way to ride. Joe is what you call a true horse lover. His calm demeanor and ability to solve any issue to satisfaction is a welcome addition to the Juckas Stables Family.
Karen Juckas has been running Juckas Stables for over 50 years. What started out in 1965 as a couple of horses, hand painted advertisements and a rented barn has evolved into 100 + acre farm with a string of horses and a tradition of generations coming back year after year to enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. Check out the photo albums and scrap books of Thank you Letters in the office to see why this horseback riding facility has become part of the enduring fabric of the beautiful hudson valley. Karen also taught school in Pine Bush for over 30 years and enjoys seeing many of her past students and their children stop by for a ride or just to say hi.
Crystal’s been riding horses since she was five years old, and they’ve always been her passion. Professionally she rides in show jumping competitions with her horse, and last year she was the champion of her jumper division in the Hudson Valley Horse Show series. Sometimes Crystal goes home after a long day of leading trail rides at the barn just to ride her own horse because she can never get enough of these magnificent animals she loves so much. Crystal has worked at Juckas Stables for about a year now, and in her own words “enjoys every second of it”.
Pam Juckas grew up working at Juckas Stables. Although she now lives in California she travels back every summer with her children to run horse camp. She has been teaching children in the outdoors and in school for over 30 years. She is a credentialed teacher in California, holds a Wilderness Recreation Leadership degree, is CPR and First Aid certified and a Girl Scout leader for 10 years. She currently teaches in a high school and welcomes this opportunity to coordinate summer horse camp at Juckas Stables.
Andrea, also know as AJ, has been riding since she was 6 years old both at Juckas Stables and where she lives in California. She is usually working at horse camp or taking out rides in the summer. AJ says, “my happy place is on a horse”. AJ rides english or western and is sure to show you a great ride.
Shanga is our camp counselor extraordinaire. She has helped run horse camp since we began in 2010. Campers love her sparkle and fun spirit and Shanga feels the same about the campers. She especially loves it when they come back year after year.