Erin McGee

Erin McGee went from shopping Nordstrom to Boot Barn when she and her husband fled Silicon Valley for San Miguel in 2012. At 40, her life changed the instant she heard jingling of spurs. She recently adopted a 23-year-young retired cutting American Quarter Horse, named Sam. As a seasoned veteran, Sam is teaching Erin everything there is to know about keeping her first horse healthy and happy.

Getting to the Heart of Riding Lessons

From the tack room, McKenzie carries an armload of bridles while Gentilini balances a kid’s saddle on each hip. Both smile and joke with their students while navigating the herd with precision. Statuesque, tanned, and confident, the two young women have just celebrated their third year in business. Erin McGee introduces us to two go-getter ladies: Justine Gentilini and Michelle McKenzie of Hanging Heart Ranch in Templeton.