Bee Cave Riding Center

Sharing passion for horses with area residents

Kathy Slack says she wants to give people the same experience with horses she had growing up outside Detroit, from the fun of riding to the responsibility of caring for the animal's every need.

At the 14-acre Bee Cave Riding Center off Hamilton Pool Road, she uses her 37 years of horse-training experience and lifelong love of the sport to impart the knowledge she says is integral to the horse-riding lifestyle on more than 80 children and adults each week.

She arrived in Texas with her daughters, who traveled to the state to attend the University of North Texas. After a year working as an intensive care unit nurse at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin and helping her daughters settle in to college, they asked her, "Why would you want to leave?"

"Austin somehow takes hold of you," she said.

That was 16 years ago, and bringing her horses to Texas led to people asking if she could teach.

"Well, it's my hobby, but I thought I should go for it. So I bought this property and set up shop," she said.

Slack and her staff work with riders of all ages in a quiet, pastoral pocket of Bee Cave. The sounds of brushes scraping against dusty hooves, faint neighs and buzzing cicadas fill the air as Hailey Martin, 16, takes her 8-year-old pinto pony Bandit out to a patch of grass to eat. Slack's students don't simply ride the horses and leave. Her lessons include the complete care of the animal.

"Our philosophy in horses is to foster the responsibility and the commitment that comes with lessons, leasing or ownership," she said.

Students, including during competitions, work as a team to care for their animals.

Lessons—available in private, semiprivate and group sessions—include escalating instruction in various types of riding: hunter/jumper, dressage and western riding. And with 30 horses, students of all ages and skill levels are able to work with a horse or pony that fits their needs, Slack said.

The riding center also hosts summer, spring break and holiday camps, with various options to suit different levels of commitment.

Slack is also using the Internet to reach more people. She has worked for several years on a smartphone app, available for free on iTunes with 99 cent in-app purchases, that gives western-style riders audio lessons they can listen to while riding. Riders can also watch her YouTube videos, which have garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

Slack swears by the benefits of the bond riders and their horses develop, as her own story exemplifies.

"I think it helped keep me very nicely on track to be a successful young adult," Slack said. "I think the hardworking horse kid progresses into the hardworking adult."

Horse riding styles

Owner Kathy Slack offers training in various riding styles, from precision horse jumping to the classic rodeo horse riding events many Texans are familiar with.

English styles

  • Dressage
  • Hunter
  • Jumpers

Western styles

  • Ranch sorting
  • Barrel racing
  • Pole bending


  • Private lessons: $60 per hour
  • Semi-private (2-3 riders): $45 per hour
  • Group lessons (4-6 riders): $35 per hour
  • Summer camp: $400 per week
  • Holiday camp: $400 per week or $80 per day
  • Spring break camp: $400 per week or $80 per day

Bee Cave Riding Center, 15740 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin, 512-632-RIDE (7433)

"Riding Horses with Kathy Slack" is available on iTunes. Lesson videos are available at


An orange virus graphic that reads "Today's coronavirus data updates"
Travis County reports 753 new coronavirus cases July 8

The Austin MSA is still hovering near Stage 5 risk with 67 new hospital admissions in the past day.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

Emler Swim School operates 28 year-round locations in Texas and Kansas. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School now offering interactive lessons online

Families can choose to receive training via weekly video calls or through instructional videos online.

Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said in a July 8 news conference that officials are "desperately trying to avoid" both overcrowding hospitals and shutting down the economy with another shelter-in-place order. (Courtesy ATXN)
If new shelter-in-place orders are needed in Austin, local officials hope to have 'productive dialogue' with Gov. Abbott

With area ICU beds at 85% capacity, officials are preparing the Austin Convention Center to accept hospital patients and are calling on health professionals from around the country to assist in Texas.

Paul Norton of Texarkana ISD is Lake Travis ISD's new superintendent. (Courtesy Lake Travis ISD)
Paul Norton is officially Lake Travis ISD’s new superintendent

The former superintendent of Texarkana ISD will fill the role left vacant by outgoing Superintendent Brad Lancaster, who has served LITSD for more than eight years.

Austin Public Health reported 482 new coronavirus cases in Travis County on July 7, bringing the total to 12,408. (Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
DATA: Lake Travis-Westlake region reports 618 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Austin Public Health reported 482 new coronavirus cases in Travis County on July 7, bringing the total to 12,408. Of that, there have been 9,348 recovered cases and 151 fatalities.

Postal Annex opened at the Hill Country Galleria in June. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
Postal Annex opens at the Hill Country Galleria

Postal Annex offers packaging supplies, copy services, notary services, greeting cards and more.

In the nine ZIP codes that make up the Lake Travis-Westlake area, the data shows 79 companies received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program ranging from $350,000 to $10 million. (Courtesy Fotolia)
DATA: Almost 11,900 jobs retained in Lake Travis-Westlake area due to first round of federal PPP loans

In the nine ZIP codes that make up the Lake Travis-Westlake area, the data shows 79 companies received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program ranging from $350,000 to $10 million.

Council tabled the discussion on creating a local health unit and agreed to bring it back with more information at an upcoming meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of Lakeway)
Creation of local health unit tabled in Lakeway

Citing a need for city officials to share information and provide for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakeway City Council has begun discussions about whether to create a local health unit.

Stage 5 is not triggered by an exact number but could be triggered anywhere above 70 hospitalizations per day over the past seven days, depending on the recent rate of the increase. (Courtesy Travis County)
With 74.8 new hospitalizations per day over past week, Travis County could move into coronavirus risk Stage 5

Under Stage 5, Austin Public Health could suggest only essential businesses remain open.

A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
UPDATE: Travis County postpones public discussion on Tesla economic incentives until July 14

County commissioners will continue discussions on Tesla with economic development staff at their next regular voting session.