Head Trainer and Show Team Coach, Kindra Warner
A Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center, Kindra has been involved with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) since 2008, as the coach of the Huntcliff Equestrian High School and Middle School Teams. Her students have proven their winning education through numerous GHJA Year End Awards and competing through the National level in IEA and IHSA.
Kindra has experience competing, teaching and training in Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage, and has studied under top professionals in the industry including George Morris, Frank Madden, Joe Fargis, the O’Connor Event Team and FEI Silver Medalist Nancy Wesolek-Sterret. She is a fun and educational teacher who is able to develop great working relationships with staff, parents and students. She is skilled at evaluating students and formulating a program that works for their particular needs while helping them to develop the ability to be competitive in any discipline.
Stable Manager, Bridget Rhode
Bridget began teaching horsemanship at summer camps while in high school and liked it so much, she had to learn more. She enrolled in English riding lessons and her quest for knowledge continued at Rocky Mountain College in Montana. She attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Studies, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was presented the award for overall excellence.
While in college, Bridget worked regularly with trainers and judges Marilyn Randall, Scott Neuman, Amy Neuman, and Christine Brown. She further refined her skills in both hunt-seat and western horsemanship, competing along the way in hunter under saddle, working hunter, western pleasure, reining and dressage. She also completed an internship at the Sterling Ranch in Bodiam, England, where she studied under Doug Allan.
Bridget was an assistant trainer under Gary Roberts in Southern California followed by an adventure at graduate school in Scotland, where she taught show jumping and flat work at a local riding school. She believes strongly in the development of confidence and effective communication between riders and their equine partners is achieved with practice, patience, and a willing mind. Most of all, her aim is for horse and rider to have fun and enjoy the experience, while working toward their individual goals.
For as long as she can remember, Lily was drawn to horses. Growing up in San Diego, she lived down the road from a local riding stable, and it was there that she had her first pony ride and witnessed horses up close. Her passion for horses was unleashed; she studied horse books and photos and promised herself that horses would always be a huge part of her life.
When she was 12 years old, she began taking regular riding lessons with many well known Hunter/Jumper trainers including, Tara Weber at Sabino Equestrian Center, Jennifer and Abigail Price at Double-Take Equestrian Center, Ashley Stannard at Ashbrook Farm, and Matias Fernandez at Long Farms. Under the instruction of a wide range of professional instructors over the last 18 years, she has gained a wide range of techniques, skills and experiences, and has developed her own unique style.
During a work-study program at the University of Arizona Thoroughbred Breeding Center, she helped foal, train, and prepare young horses so they could eventually be sold to begin their racing careers. She was also apart of Tucson’s Equine Animal Rescue League; helping to re-train and re-habilitate injured or retired racehorses from the Rillito Racetrack to help promote them as suitable riding horses for adoption. It was a rewarding experience to be apart of the transformation of these racehorses, enabling them to move forward onto second careers such as jumping or dressage.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Equine Animal Science, she moved to Denver to pursue equestrian opportunities. She is appreciative and enthusiastic to have been offered a trainer position working for Denver Equestrians Riding School, teaching beginner/ youth programs and adult lessons. Many of her students are interacting with horses for the first time, and her teaching emphasizes the safety and awareness of our body language around horses. She encourages riders to learn how to practice calm leadership, and mindfulness on and off their horses. Her personal goal is to educate students and ensure they are aware of the importance of understanding the equestrian sport as a sacred bond between horse and rider.
Casey has been involved with horses as long as she can remember. As a child, if you were to ask her who her best friend was, she always replied with the name of her favorite horse. She started riding in Colorado at the age of 5, and fell in love with both the riding and caring of horses. Casey worked summers at Pompositticutt Farm Horse Camp, teaching children aged 9 to 17 years how to ride, tack and care for horses. After spending every summer working there, she knew teaching riding lessons and working with horses would become her career. After her family moved to Boston, Casey continued to ride at Red Acre Farm, specializing in Hunter/Jumpers under Mitch and Kathy Steege. Casey spent a few years competing on the A circuit around the east coast until she moved back to Colorado. In 2013 Casey worked with Grand Prix rider Chris Pratt in California, riding, managing and caring for over 28 top show horses.
Casey’s expertise in horses and riding, combined with her excellent ability to clearly and concisely communicate her knowledge to others, makes her an exceptional riding instructor. She is especially good with young children and teenagers. Her favorite part of teaching is watching children bond with horses and fall in love with the sport. “There is no better feeling in the world then connecting with a horse while riding and feeling like you can read each others mind.”
Casey teaches both private and group lessons. Her expertise is in working with new riders teaching how to ride, care, and understand the behavior of horses. Her strong horsemanship, excellent communication skills and fun loving nature will help to make you a more proficient rider and help you reach your riding goals!
Corinne fell in love with horses during a trail ride with her dad on her 8th birthday, and has spent her life studying the art of riding. Since receiving certification in 1993, she has enjoyed teaching children and adults of all levels how to ride and care for horses, while continuing her education in Dressage.
"When I turned 10, my mom worked as an art teacher at a girls summer camp - it just happened to teach girls equitation, vaulting and jumping! I won my first blue ribbon, and my heart for horses was set on fire." Corinne and Shalimar, 1976 (below).
"Living in the city left me desperate for trips to the barn. I would save babysitting money for one lesson every other week in the suburbs (they were $10!). Then, along with allowance, Christmas and birthday gifts, I could save enough to attend horse camp for one or more weeks in the summer."
After college, Corinne took a job leading trail rides, and along with that came the opportunity to purchase her first horse. "Soon thereafter, I was organizing camps for kids and teaching adult programs through the local community college. Suddenly, the passion and respect I had for horses was greater than it had ever been as a child."
Corinne was introduced to Dressage, a discipline that focuses on the proper training of the horse in 1994. Mastering the communication between horse and rider became her primary focus, and seeking the best trainers has taken her all over the United States. "I have been blessed by the best equine partners and human instructors available."
In 1999, she landed a working student internship with Olympic Medalist Michelle Gibson. A generous sponsor saw her hard work, talent and dedication - and the following year Corinne was awarded two talented equine athletes: FEI Schoolmasters Mendelssohn and Egeris (shown above). She was fortunate to ride in full training with Michelle between 1999 and 2001 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as subsequent clinics through 2003. She has continued to study extensively with top professionals in the industry, including Bill Solyntjes, Dolly Hannon, Frances Carbonnel, Alison Sader Larson, Kelly Underhill, and Colleen Diamond.