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.
Bridget Rhode (shown with her AQHA colt “Merriweather”) 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 under the tutelage of Cynda Dyer, where she also received her first instruction in basic horse training techniques. Her quest for knowledge continued at Rocky Mountain College in Montana, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Studies. Bridget 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 recently returned to Colorado, and is excited to work with the amazing students of Denver Equestrians. 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.
Courtney began her riding career with professional Hunter Jumper trainer Dion Dana at the age of 12. By 16, she was shadowing lessons with the goal of instructing and becoming a professional trainer herself. Courtney competes in APHA and AQHA shows with all around horses, and she also specializes in starting young horses under saddle.
Courtney currently teaches Hunt Seat and Jumping lessons at our facility, as well as guides our advanced adult students through workshops on the Dressage training scale.
Adrienne began riding at the age of six on her neighbor’s horses. She discovered 4-H at age 12, enrolling in the horse project. Through 4-H she explored Western Pleasure, Jumping and Gymkhana, discovered the world of showing, and eventually bought a horse of her own. She assisted younger members of the club and helped the owner of her barn breed and train Appaloosas, studying under Rachel Henley, Kenny Scott, Carol Jones, Lindsay Wilner, and Lynette Winans. Her involvement with 4-H continues, and she has been a volunteer horse project leader since 2012.
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 trainers and judges Bill Solyntjes, Dolly Hannon, Frances Carbonnel, Alison Sader Larson, Kelly Underhill, and Colleen Diamond.