Liz Polanco – Lessons in connection

Liz Polanco – Lessons in connection

Liz is not currently accepting new students.  If you are interested in riding with her, you can request to be added to the waitlist by completing this form.  If you are an existing student looking to purchase a package or book in the next two weeks, click here.  If you would like to book into the future, please email us

Advanced riding lessons are available, particularly for those interested in full or partial horse leases.  Please contact Ali Graves Kish at 303-931-2619.


Liz Polanco has a fun, gentle teaching style that allows each students to relax and enjoy creating a connection with the horse. Liz’s students remark that they often feel more grounded, relaxed and happy after their lessons.  If you are very competitive, or just want to ride around on a horse, this is not the best fit for you.  Liz’s students become passionate students of the horse and everything they are able to teach us about how to be more present and responsive to those around us.

Liz teaches her students how to catch, halter, groom and care for their horses while always emphasizing respect and mutual understanding.  She also offers lessons for those wishing to learn from the horse exclusively from the ground with no riding.  All students engage in some groundwork so as to better understand their horse and to build a stronger relationship.

Liz is certified as a therapeutic riding instructor by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International and has taught riding lessons and camps at our ranch since 2009.  Liz is also trained in animal communication, massage and energy work.

2019 Rates 

  • Private lessons are $75.
  • Liz Polanco offers discounted packages for existing clients.
  • Lessons may be mounted or on the ground, according to what the participant, instructor, and horse’s needs and goals are for the day.  Ride time is generally a max of 50 minutes, with another 30-40 minutes for brushing, tacking, ground work and giving back to the horse.
  • Semi-private and group lessons are $45/rider for 90-minutes (may be mounted or unmounted, includes time to brush and tack the horse).  You can sign up with a friend or sibling or ask your instructor to match you with someone.
  • We are not currently accepting new beginning riders at Good Reception Ranch.  If you are interested in riding with Liz Polanco, you can request to be added to the waitlist by completing this form.
  • Advanced riding lessons are available, particularly for those interested in full or partial horse leases.  Please contact Ali Graves Kish at 303-931-2619.
  • If cost is an issue for you, please contact us to inquire about volunteering and/or joining a group lesson.
  • For all options, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Our instructors will help each student select an appropriate school horse.  We provide ASTM-approved riding helmets.  More information about attire will be sent after you book your lesson.

Currently, you are only able to book two-weeks in advance on our online scheduler while we accommodate our instructors’ changing schedules.  If you would like to book further into 2019, please contact us at if you have any questions. You can also call/text Liz at 720-275-9506.



What her clients have to say about Liz:

“So…. All those years I spent astride a horse, it turns out that I was not really riding, not balanced, or in control, or confident. Liz Polanco came to my rescue. She taught me first to acknowledge the animal as more than transportation, but a partner in the endeavors. Her knowledge and ease with horses is wonderful to see. Liz showed me what horses can think, see, and do in varied circumstances. She taught me to be ready, to observe and to be quiet. She taught me that release is reward. Liz introduced me to a centered seat (still working on that). Her ability to spot a tense muscle or a minuscule lean is uncanny. I will say she is psychic. She knows what I am thinking and feeling as well as my mount. Liz is a gifted teacher understanding and patient. It is a pleasure to learn.

Thank you Liz and to the owners and staff at Good Reception Ranch” -Susan Rixey

“Once again my daughter truly enjoyed herself at camp.  I was telling her one morning on the drive out that what I really like is that you can feel the heart and soul of GRR.  I suspect that is what she responds to.  Plus, Liz does such an excellent job of making it a place where Anna feels like she belongs.” -Nancy B

“I think Bella is thoroughly enjoying the group lesson.  As you well know, kids really like learning with, and from, their peers.  Last week, Bella and Erin teamed to replace a halter on one of the horses (Liz was busy helping Katie).  I checked in with the two girls, and they had it done!  I could tell that they were enjoying working together.
Liz obviously loves the kids and handles the 3 of them extremely well.  She has a great style, has fun with the process, and knows when to push and when to support.  Not much rattles her but she is clearly very conscientious about both her students and the horses.  She is wonderful.” -WL


“I just want to express how pleased we are with her participation at GRR and for the wonderful instruction and friendship Liz offers.  K has been through a great deal this last year and GRR has provided an oasis for her.  Thank you.” -DL

“Reflecting back on Anna’s experience this past week I wanted to let you know how appreciative I am for what you created for the girls.  When I picked Anna up on the first day she was exhausted and her feet hurt and she did not want to come back.  That is a typical for Anna to have this response to something new.  When I picked her up the second day she declared that she liked the camp.  By Wednesday it was love!  Besides her feet hurting she had absolutely no complaints.  She has mentioned several times in the last day how sad she is that it is over.  She has a sore throat today and is quite exhausted, but she told me she thinks it is emotional.  Anna doesn’t talk that way, as a matter of fact generally she resists mentioning emotions.  You two really reached her and I am so thankful!

For me, I was in awe at the camaraderie I saw the girls displaying yesterday with no trace of competition.  I loved hearing how you taught them how to check in with themselves, how to ask for what they needed and how to be supportive of each other.  Watching them work on their projects, all dealing with different challenges in the same space was such a beautiful recreation of how we coexist.  There seemed to be no self-consciousness around it.  

Anna enjoyed having the freedom of time you offered.  I liked how you had the girls work in pairs at times.  I think it can be easy for horse-loving girls to bond with horses, but to offer an opportunity to bond with someone else over the same horse was genius.  Your program seemed so well thought out and yet so subtle in approach.  

Pardon my verbosity, however I was not expecting to be so satisfied.  The last week of school this year was full of much sadness for Anna as she had to say goodbye to many friends and teachers she will be leaving behind as she enters middle school next year.  I was not excited about horse camp starting so quickly after that monumental transition.  However, now I cannot think of a better way for her to launch forward.  To have the confidence there is a safe place inside of her that she can access in any new venture seems to be a direct result of your creating a place she felt safe to be herself.  

Everyone speaks of how challenging girl relationships can be in middle school, so imagine my delight in seeing the girls come together to connect and support one another so quickly.  To have them realize the capacity for that lies within them, and to see them access it so readily when given the proper support gives me hope. Thank you for the sweetness that resulted from the two of you pursuing your vision to create leadership skills.  I learned so much just from the sidelines.  Anna and I feel honored to have been a part of your inaugural leadership camp.” -NB