❝Celeste worked with a 10 year old rescued Arab mare (Lucy) for me. The mare was terrified of plastic , and of anyone on her back. Celeste has done a great job with desensitizing Lucy and showing her how to accept plastic noise and a rider. Lucy was trying so hard , but had great anxiety. Celeste allowed her to work thru her anxiety, calmly. Celeste is great to work with, sends videos & updates, answers questions, is fine with farm visits to see mare's progress.
Celeste is also working with a 9 year old Arab ex-stud(Buddy)who was re-homed to me by the Arab Rescue and had very little handling except for breeding. Buddy had issues with catching, touching his ears and mouth, vaccinations. Buddy has come so far in 6 weeks with Celeste. You can see he is eager and engaged and enjoying ground work. Celeste has begun riding him and he looks like he is enjoying that also. I am very pleased with his progress.
I would highly recommend Celeste for training horses or working with horses with "issues".❞
- Terry L.
❝I purchased an 8-yr-old gelding, CHA I M Awesome, from Celeste 2 1/2 months ago, and I couldn't be happier with him. He came with a *solid* foundation: broke to ride and excellent ground manners. He leads, ties, clips, and loads; everything you could ask. We have been out camping and trail riding three weekends in these few months. He settled into camp like an old pro: no fuss, no calling out to other horses, just him, his hay net and total contentment. Out on the trail, Awesome will follow, lead, step or hop over obstacles, walk through water, the works. He has been calm and controllable, even with large groups of other horses.
At home, we are schooling in hunt seat, with an eye towards jumping or even fox hunting. Although this is an entirely new discipline for him, Awesome is picking it all up in a hurry. My trainer compliments him about 10 times a lesson! (As do all my friends!) He has it all: looks, brains, and that super sweet, willing, calm attitude. I give a tremendous amount of credit to Celeste for his *excellent* start, and to Spirit Creek's breeding program for the brains and beauty. I would highly recommend Celeste and Spirit Creek to anyone looking for a well-started horse ready to tackle any discipline.❞
CHA I M Awesome
- Kat P.
❝Dude is doing well. I have ridden him 36 times now, including portions of the Mah Dah Hey trail, and a trip this fall when I rode him 6 miles into the Missouri Breaks and then packed out my elk on him. He just takes it all in stride. Dude is an inch taller and has put on about 75 pounds, most of which is muscle, since we brought him home. To our surprise, Dude is the top horse in the pecking order, with no ifs and buts. Dude will come running in from the pasture on a dead run when he sees us drive up, and we can catch him any time. He practically sticks his head in the halter. But honestly, he is such a chow hound that much of that could be he knows he is going to get groceries when we show up. On the other hand, if I pick a different horse to ride Dude will stand at the gate and stare at me. And when I turn the other horse loose Dude has chased him around and let him know he was not pleased. Dude is a naturally collected horse and his trot and lope are both pleasant to ride. We enjoy having him around.❞
- Larry N.
❝This past May we bought 2 young horses to Celeste for training. Celeste makes a great connection with each horse she works with and is able to gain their trust real fast. She did a fabulous job with desensitizing. My horse was a bit spookish around certain noises and movements and when I picked her up she was a totally different horse! Celeste is easy to communicate with. She answers questions to the best of her knowledge and is very willing to help you or show you different things on/about the horse she worked with. She sent us videos on their progress-good and bad, didn't hidden anything and we were able to visit them during training. I think Celeste did a wonderful job training the horses and I would recommend her to others!❞
- Kayla S.
❝Bought my beautiful Arabian mare(Liberty Belle) from Spirit Creek 3 years ago. I was told Libby was a bit of a handful when Celeste started working with her, however, the mare I met and bought was well-trained and quiet. She gave her a great foundation. Highly recommend Celeste as a trainer and Spirit Creek for any horse purchase. Very honest and great to work with!❞
Liberty Belle BC
- Shirley N.
❝Celeste has a natural affinity for training. Celeste of Spirit Creek Arabians bred, raised and trained our young Arab Cross mare, Kitty, and we couldn't be happier with Kitty's personality and foundation. She stays soft and responsive even with delays in our riding time. Kitty's de-sensitizing was thorough and gives her a wonderful off-switch with new situations. Kitty is wonderfully smart and able to process awareness of her surroundings in a confident manner. We love our Kitty and highly recommend Celeste's training available through Spirit Creek Training Facility! Thank you Celeste! So glad we found you❞
SC Miss Kitty
- Justin & Deonna
❝So impressed with the training Celeste has accomplished with the horses she has worked with. She has a natural connection with these animals and the ability to gain their confidence, therefore able to train with a kind, but firm, hand. I, personally, have watched her work with all types of horses with great success and so encourage anyone that has a horse that needs "ground up" training, or just a refresher, to contact her. This gal is amazing and you will not be disappointed in choosing her for your training needs.❞
❝This pretty mare is Liberty Belle BC aka Libby. I purchased Libby when she was 5 years old as a broodmare and she was not broke to ride. She gave me 4 beautiful foals during the 7 years I owned her. Last year I found a home for Libby with dear friends, and the amazing young lady riding Libby. This amazing young horsewoman had Libby tacked up and riding her within 4 days of us delivering her! I can't express how happy I am that Libby is with these folks, and what an amazing young lady has gained her trust and love! Soooo proud of both of them I am not one to give endorsements lightly....but I have known this young lady since she was just a little bugger, and her "horse sense" and connection with a horse is just amazing! She is one of the most dedicated, effective trainers I have ever come across. If any one out there is looking for a horse that is truly "dead broke", she is the one to contact..they have wonderful stock at their farm :) And if you currently have a horse that needs a refresher or break out...I would highly recommend Spirit Creek Training Facility! They have no idea I am sharing this...just really believe in these folks! There...I have said my piece lol❞
Liberty Belle BC
- Linda M.
❝Your horses are incredible stunning, they are so smart. Superman is the best horse I have ever had, and he is a great partner. He will do anything I ask him so many people have doubted him in the past, and now they all say how well behaved he is. Not many people believe he could be a barrel horse but he is doing great! He almost always places or has a time that would have placed. He can go from a barrel race one day to pole bending. He is a great trail horse and even will jump. He is such a character, he the funniest horse I have. He might not be the fastest horse at the barrel race but he never fails to impress. He gives his best 100% of the time, and will always try to please. Superman was an easy keeper and I can go from running him hard to putting my little cousin on him and him just walking around. He has even started doing liberty work and he is doing amazing. Not to mention he is such a gorgeous horse. Arabians get such a bad rap but u wouldn’t trade him for any other horse he truly is my soul horse and I will never get rid of him.❞
❝I recently had Celeste work with two of my horses for 30 days. I am very happy with the results. Her desensitizing training, and rides that she did with these horses have definately made my job much easier to pick up where she left off. Thanks Celeste for a job well done!❞
- Kathy L.
❝Celeste Bergum has made herself available for riding lessons for my daughter the past 2 1/2 years. She is flexible on times that work from week to week. She responds extremely quickly to messages and requests!
We contacted Celeste because of her passion and love for horses. She is kind, patient, friendly and made my daughter feel comfortable from the beginning. She built her confidence on a horse, which in turn built her confidence in other areas of life. Celeste makes sure that her students ride a horse that matches their personality and she is so good at matching them! Please don't be afraid to instant message if you have questions - we have loved every part of riding with Celeste and am extremely grateful she is willing to provide the service!❞
- Katie K.
❝Celeste has been working with my daughter for a short time, but has made a huge impact. My daughter is shy, but loves to ride. Celeste has given her the opportunity to ride different horses with different personalities, building the confidence my daughter has. This helps not just in horse riding, but in all areas of her life. Celeste is flexible, knowledgeable, caring, and will tailor your riding experience based on your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get connected right away, you won’t regret it!❞
- Julie V.