“Horses have given me so much – friends, opportunities, challenges, and victories.

Teaching lessons means I get to extend that experience to others. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I do.”

-Kara Grupe, Owner and Head Instructor

Born in Ann Arbor to parents who didn’t know much about horses, Kara spent her childhood playing with toy horses and reading as many books as she could about the horse world.

At the age of nine, she began taking riding lessons, and horses have been a part of her life ever since.


Turpin Meadow Ranch

Wrangler & Trail Guide

Jackson, WY

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In the summer of 2009, Kara worked on a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She lead hundreds of people through the mountains on trail rides. It was here that she first discovered the joy in introducing people to horses and teaching them how to ride.

Michigan State University

Stock Seat Equestrian Team
Horsemen’s Association

East Lansing, MI

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After her summer at Turpin Meadow, Kara went to Michigan State University. She made the stock seat equestrian team, and worked her way up to the highest level of competition. She was also an active member of the MSU Horsemen’s Association. She held several positions, including the presidency in her senior year.

Camp Michigania

Equestrian Director

Boyne City, MI

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Despite her Spartan loyalties, Kara spent her college summers in northern Michigan working the horse program at Camp Michigania, a family camp for University of Michigan Alumni and their families. Kara taught hundreds of kids and adults how to ride and enjoy horses. Kara was the director of the program for two summers, managing a staff of eight and a herd of thirty horses.

YMCA Camp Piomingo

Equestrian Director

Louisville, KY

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After graduating from Michigan State with a degree in Agricultural Business Management, Kara was hired as the Equestrian Director at YMCA Camp Piomingo, located near Louisville, Kentucky. She managed a herd of 30 horses and eight staff members, and taught beginner riding lessons in hunt seat riding.

Why She Started Three Strides Horsemanship:


When Kara moved back to Ann Arbor in 2015, she discovered a need for high-quality instruction for beginner horse riders.

“If you’re looking to compete, there’s lots of good options for you throughout Washtenaw County. But if you’re new to the sport, a good program can be hard to find,” Kara says.

“My goal is to provide safe, educational, and fun experiences for anyone who has an interest in horses. I’m excited to help revive and grow the local horse community.”