Our philosophy

For us, it's all about the relationship of the student and the horse.  Our horses have so much to teach and give so much love to our students.  It's about the moment the student breaks through a struggle.  It's about the moment a shy little girl takes up the reins and takes control of her destiny.  It's about overcoming adversity and learning leadership. Pinellas Horse A&A Equestrian Coaches in Pinellas Park

Meet the Team

Our riding instructors are dedicated in bringing the best out of each student.


Alisha McGinnis



I started my lifelong love affair with horses when I was 6 years old in Delray Beach.  My mom, having enough of my horse craziness purchased my first riding lesson.  Much to her chagrin, it was like tossing a match in a vat of lighter fluid.  I received my first horse two years later.  He was a fat, pinto pony named Tonto and he taught me so much about life and horse.  Since then, I have had many wonderful horses.  I have shown all over the state of FL but I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing my knowledge.  I have been teaching English and Western professionally in Pinellas County since 2001 when I received my certification from CHA.   I am a managing partner and instructor at A&A Equestrian Coaches.   Look on the calendar (linked below) to view my available lessons times.


Amanda Alquest

Managing Partner & Instructor 


I am a managing partner and instructor at A&A Equestrian Coaches.  My daughter took lessons with Alisha when she was just 6 years old.  We rescued a pony from a junk yard and my daughter named her Freedom.  She was unbroken, hyper and a bit wild.  Please don’t do what we did, always take a professional with you when looking at a horse.  It took many years and lots of blood, sweat and tears but we trained Freedom and my daughter has won many barrel races on her.  I love teaching the beginner riders all about safe horsemanship!

Rebecca Simpson

Chief Riding Instructor


My passion for horses started when I watched my first episode of My Little Pony. I was hooked after that. My parents finally gave in at the age of 6 and had me start with my first trainer in Mauldin, SC. I’ve never looked back. My first experience was in Saddle Seat. This was not the discipline for me. So we tried Hunter/Jumpers. This is where I found my passion. There is nothing like borrowing wings and flying with your equine partner. My first horse was a saint of a gelding named, Max. However, it wasn’t until I got my second horse, Naki, that I realized I wanted to train horses. He taught me a lot about patience and how to work as a team. Until recently I rode, showed, and trained western pleasure with my mare Patty Moon. About a year ago we changed things up a bit and started jumping because that is where her heart truly lies. I love sharing my knowledge and experience with riders of all ages. I teach English, western and beginner jumping.

Next Steps...

To schedule a lesson or sign up for Horse Club, call or text 727-637-3022