Anne Clay's voice takes on a sugary tone when she talks to horses.
"They're just like big dogs," she said. "They love to play."
Her horses, she says, are her best friends.
Clay and Sheri Robinson, manager of Fountain Valley Farm, wanted to share their mutual love for horses with others and so they have begun to teach riding lessons to adults and children.
They teach every discipline from Western, used for trail riding, to Dressage, the equine version of ballet.
During the day, Clay works as a sport manager for USA Equestrian at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Sport managers are like referees for equestrian sports.
USA Equestrian is the national governing body for national and world championships, including the Olympics.
This summer Clay moved back to Danville to be closer to her grandmother. She was looking for a place to board her horses, Bo and Roan. She found Fountain Valley, an 84-acre farm on Perryville Road, and Robinson. Clay exercises the horses boarded there and does some training.