June 6, 2016

About Us


Robert Barnard (Director)

Taught by his dad at an early age that what goes around comes around, and always be the best no matter what, the informal “Code of the West” is what he lives by.

Another thing his dad taught him about life and business was to start, build, and then sell a good idea. After selling his third business, Robert took advantage of working for estate planners out of Dallas, TX.  He learned a lot and years later he struck out alone and set out to improve on an already excellent service. And that is where he now is professionally

In earlier years, when his son and daughter were small, Robert and family would load the truck and camper every summer and head off to sites unknown.

From these family and business experiences, he knows what’s really important in life.  And as a businessman all of his adult life, client satisfaction is always number one.

He’s an avid western history buff who loves to live life from atop a horse competing in cowboy mounted shooting, having won 2013, and 2014, men’s level 2 and 3 state championships. He also competes in team roping, and volunteers in mounted Search & Rescue. Robert also spends as much as ten weekends every year working cattle for a large central New Mexico ranch.

Robert has membership in Cowboys For Christ, a non-denominational outreach, is an ordained minister and Chaplin, He is a member of the New Mexico Cattlegrower’s Association. He also served thirteen years with the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol and was Captain of the unit for seven years.


Melodee Smith (Director)

Born in San Francisco, California and raised mostly in El Paso, Texas. She was blessed to have seen lots as her father had a military career that took them as far as Japan, and Alaska, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Norfolk, Virginia besides El Paso, Texas . Melodee always dreamed of and made drawings of horses but would have to wait till her very late adulthood to get to live the dream of owning and riding her own horse.
Melodee has two daughters and three grandchildren (two boys and one girl). So far her youngest grandchild is the one who appears will follow grandmother’s dream of riding and owning a horse.
Her working career started while in high school. Along the way she graduated with honors from a trade school in secretarial studies, and even studied and graduated from Barbizon School of Modeling. Throughout her working career she noticed a common desire of “service” and a need and desire to help people through service or friendship. For a brief seven years she was also a member of the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol where she learned about horses and riding and serving the general public.
At Rockin Horse Riding Academy, she can finally put it all together, being around horses, riding, and most of all helping and serving the public with her passion.


Pat Buls (Riding Instructor)

Pat Buls brings over 40 years of experience riding, training, and trekking on horseback. She has been a riding instructor for most of those years, having competed successfully in many equestrian sports, both English and Western. Her back country skills were learned from the Back Country Horsemen of America, which fosters the use of recreational saddle and pack stock on America’s public lands through volunteer work to maintain trails. She organized and is currently president of the Lower Rio Grande Chapter, BCHNM. Her people skills developed at an early age when she was in High School at the American Cooperative School in La Paz, Bolivia, where she rode on the Bolivian National Equestrian Team, and won a national championship in jumping.Her poetry and song add color to a beautiful experience, and her intimate knowledge of her horses make riding with Pat a transformational experience!