About Weeping Willow Miniatures, LLC

We love helping equestrians meet their horsemanship goals!

Contrary to popular belief...

We teach students from 3 years old through adult amateurs! Contrary to popular belief, we don't have just Miniature Horses! Our horses range in size from 30 inches tall to over 16 hands and we can accommodate students of a variety of shapes and sizes! We use the Horse Sense Learning Levels curriculum in our program with awards available as you move up through the levels!

Here at Weeping Willow Miniatures, LLC we strive to keep our clients and horses as happy and healthy as we can. Our school horses are treated like kings and queens and given the best level of care possible. Our horses work a maximum of five days a week, are treated to regular farrier, vet, and chiropractic care, and given as much turn out time as we can provide.

We plan engaging and fun-filled lessons for our students while always striving to implement safety practices and compassion for the horse. We use the Horse Sense Learning Levels curriculum and students earn ribbons and certificates as they level up! Here, students learn everything from the ground up-catching a horse safely, leading, grooming, tacking, and horse care as well as riding. Once students are ready, we offer the option of attending shows and clinics with our school horses.

All of our instructors are Safe Sport trained and first aid certified.

Meet Our Instructors

Catherine Talbert

Head Instructor and Owner

Catherine Talbert established Weeping Willow Miniatures, LLC officially in 2010. She has been teaching both western and english disciplines since 2009, as well as performance lessons with Miniature Horses (driving, in-hand jumping, showmanship, halter, in-hand obstacle, driving obstacle, and more!). She grew up showing in local shows all the way up through the world and national level. Catherine took lessons for eight years with Lecia Phillips of Split Pond Stables and was on the UTK Western Equestrian Team in college. She took Miniature Horse lessons as a youth and then apprenticed under Ricky Wardlaw of Cygnet Farm Training Center for four years before branching off to work soley on Weeping Willow Miniatures, LLC. She is a carded Level 1 Open Horse Show Association Judge with specialties in Ranch and Hunter as well as certified in both Equine and Canine Sports Massage Therapy through Equissage, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a Minor in Business as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music (flute) from The University of TN, Knoxville.

Hanna Sherrill

Riding Instructor/Assistant Barn Manager

Hanna Sherrill joined our team in April of 2024. She rode for five years with Rolling Hills Equestrian Center and has been riding competitively for seven years in both Hunters and Ranch. She was the assistant trainer/assistant barn manager at Cygnet Farm Training Center for two and a half years where she got to work with many green horses and started several horses under saddle. Hanna taught beginner level riding lessons for several years before coming here to Weeping Willow Miniatures, LLC and is currently working on her Associate of Business degree.