Director of Equine Programs and CHA Certified Master Instructor: Bridget Rohde
Bridget began teaching horsemanship at summer camps while in high school and liked it so much, she had to learn more. She enrolled in 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 and 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.
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. Bridget manages the trainers and horses in the riding school program, teaches adults and children of all ages and levels, and is very active in organizing and developing our Western IEA Team, Youth Riding Clubs, Horse Camp and Adult Programs.
USDF Silver Medalist Gigi Brittain joins our team as the Dressage Trainer for riders and horses of all levels. Originally from Wellington, Florida, Gigi now resides in Denver and offers extensive expertise in Dressage from Training through Grand Prix levels, as well as Hunter / Jumper, Equitation and Eventing disciplines.
Gigi's career began in 1986, when she managed boarding and training barns in South Florida. She was teaching and training in the Hunter / Jumper and Equitation divisions, as well as competing successfully on the "A" show circuit. She began Eventing, and discovered her love of Dressage. Gigi built and managed 2 horse farms of her own in Florida between 1992-2006, became immersed in Dressage, and received continuous instruction from top professionals in the area. Her amazing educators include Robert Dover, Bent Jensen, Gary Rockwell, Patrick Bursens, Sue Blinks, Jane Savoie, Lars Peterson, Heather Bender, Uwe Steiner, Nancy Smith and Michelle Gibson. Gigi loves to share her education and passion with students of all ages and all riding levels.
Manager of Horse Sales & Acquisitions, Clare Williams
Clare began her riding career at the age of 4 in the United States. She lived in England at age six, was active in Pony Club, and continued taking lessons and competing. As a young child, she competed in the pony jumper divisions thru 1.30m, working hunter pony division, and eventing in individual and team competitions. When she returned to the USA at age 14, she trained with Diane McMurray, competed in the Equitation division and qualified for the Medal and Maclay finals. Throughout high school, she competed extensively in the junior hunter and junior jumpers, winning year end national awards.
Clare attended college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1995. During this time, she rode for numerous trainers as an assistant, training horses, competing on the A circuit as schedule would permit, teaching at home for professionals on the road. After college, Clare worked as an assistant trainer with United States Equestrian Team member, Dennis Murphy. There, she trained young horses, taught lessons, and managed a small barn.
Actively involved in the A show circuit, she participated as a clinician, judge and course designer. Clare competed with her own and clients horses in hunter and jumper divisions. Her students successfully competed from the local to the A show circuit with year end awards in all divisions up to 1.30m jumpers.
She worked as an Assistant Trainer to many top professionals, teaching, training, competing at A shows, managing facilities and horses in the absence of the head trainer. Her clients ranged from short stirrup competitors through grand prix riders, and many received year end awards up to national levels.
Prior to joining DE, Clare owned and operated Williams Sport Horses in Arizona for 15 years. Her clients were competing in the jumper and equitation divisions. Year end awards include Zone Champions in the Junior Jumper, Children's Jumper and Adult Jumper divisions. State and National recognition for students include competing in Pony Finals, Grand Prix wins and State Champions from Pony Jumpers to Junior Jumpers, and State Equitation. Clare has unlimited energy and a positive approach toward students of all levels. She loves to help riders achieve their goals, whether that is a blue ribbon in the short stirrup to competing on the young rider team.
IEA Show Team Coach, Kindra Warner
Kindra received her Riding Master VI Certificate from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center. She has been involved with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) since 2008. Since creating the Denver Equestrians IEA Show Team in 2013, her students have proven their winning education through numerous Year End Awards. Under her tutelage, the DE Middle School and High School Riders have gone on to compete at Regionals, Zones and Nationals every year since it's inception.
Kindra has experience teaching, training and competing in Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage, and has studied under top professionals in the industry, such as George Morris, the O’Connor Eventing Team, Nancy Wesolek-Sterret and Olympic Bronze Medalist Michelle Gibson. She is a fun and educational teacher who is able to develop great working relationships with staff, parents and students. Kindra is skilled at formulating a program that works for their particular needs while helping them to develop the ability to be competitive in any discipline. Her kind and enthusiastic personality resonates with the pre-teens and teenagers on the team, creating a healthy bond that shows in their sportsmanship and support of one another.
IEA Show Team Coach, Lauren Fay
CHA Certified Instructor Lauren Fay grew up in Vermont and started riding at the age of 8 at summer camp. Her love of horses ignited and she was hooked. She began with local shows at the age of 9 and continued on by competing in the “A” circuit from Short Stirrups to USET and 3’6” Medals on the east coast from Vermont to Florida.
Lauren has worked with many renowned equestrians, including: Greg Best, Patty Harnois, Frank Madden, Ellen Miller, Jeff Garen, Greg Prince and Eddie Federwisch. Her education continued on with years of experience as a working student for Holly Hill, Fox Horn, Summerwood, Woodridge Farm & The Ellen Miller Riding School.
Lauren graduated from Virginia Intermont College. As a student, she competed in the IHSA as an open rider, ANRC as a member of the national team, and IDA as a first level competitor. Lauren won numerous regional championships both individually and as a member of the respective collegiate team. Since then, she has trained out of barns across the country.
Lauren brings experiencing teaching lessons of all age groups and skill levels, and encourages riders to build strong relationships with their horses. This is achieved by a deep understanding of horsemanship both mounted and on the ground. “It’s not the blue ribbons or the flashy trophies that define a rider: a real horseman is someone that is truly understood by their four legged partner.” Lauren was instrumental in teaching our 2014 Summer Horse Camp program, she currently teaches Youth Programs, Riding Clubs, and Adults of all levels.
Sabine grew up on a mini ranch in Bavaria, Germany. Her love for horses showed at a very young age, and she received her first pony at the age of 4. She took dressage and jumping lessons at a local riding school throughout her youth, and leased a horse during her college years. Her professional life took a different path, and after finishing her law degree, she started her own law firm in Berlin, Germany, where she was working as an attorney-at-law for 10 years.
In 2005, Sabine relocated to the United States and moved to Colorado with her husband and her animals, including her horse. She decided to turn her passion into her profession and started working at a boarding and training facility in the Foothills. In 2009, Sabine started working for a therapeutic riding program for at-risk youth, where she discovered her passion for teaching horseback riding lessons. Sabine has been teaching lessons and horsemanship education ever since, and has also been responsible for barn and staff management and horse care as well as horse training. In 2013, Sabine was certified as an Instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) in English and Western riding, during a clinic held at DE. She now teaches lessons and programs for youth and adults, and will lead the DE Summer Horse Camp program in 2016.
Sabine currently owns two horses of her own. She started her young Warmblood mare Fiona under saddle herself and began showing her in Dressage. She enjoys teaching beginner and advanced riders of all ages. Her greatest reward is watching her students progress with their riding and horsemanship skills, while having a lot of fun and bonding with the animals.
Sara grew up outside of a small farm town in California, started riding at summer camp when she was 8 years old and was hooked on horses. She continued riding at a local equestrian center for many years before taking a break during college, and then worked in her field of study with non-profits and governmental organizations.
When she decided she could not wait any longer to return to riding, Sara found Denver Equestrians and began weekly lessons. She quickly realized the barn was still where her heart belonged, and joined our team through the working student program. This allowed her the opportunity to teach unmounted education lessons for the DE Youth Riding Clubs. It was time for a career change, and Sara took a new position at DE as an Assistant Trainer. She received her CHA certification in 2016, and now teaches beginner riders of all ages. Sara loves building strong foundations for Western and English riders, and being a part of each rider’s development.
Founder/CEO, Denver Equestrians Riding School
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 horsemanship, equitation, vaulting and jumping! I won my first blue ribbon, and my heart for horses was set on fire." Corinne and Shalimar, 1976 (shown below).
"Living in the city left me desperate for trips to the barn. I would save babysitting money for one 30-minute group lesson every other week in the suburbs (they were $10!). Then, along with allowance, Christmas and birthday gifts, I could usually save enough for horse camp in the summer. I also applied for all available scholarships."
After college, Corinne took a job leading trail rides, and along with that came the opportunity to purchase her first horse. Determined to have a career in the equine industry, she became a CHA Certified Riding Instructor in 1993. "Soon thereafter, I was organizing camps for kids and teaching adult programs through 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 1998, she landed a working student internship with Olympic Bronze Medalist Michelle Gibson. A generous sponsor admired her dedication, hard work and talent - and Corinne was awarded two talented equine athletes: Mendelssohn and Egeris (shown above). She was fortunate to train with Michelle Gibson again at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as subsequent clinics through 2003. She has studied extensively under top professionals in the industry, including Kelly Underhill, Bill Solyntjes, Dolly Hannon, Frances Carbonnel, Alison Sader Larson, and Colleen Diamond. In 2016, Corinne brought Michelle Gibson to DE to conduct an educational clinic at her facility. Together, they will continue with ongoing clinics for DE clients and local dressage professionals.