Head Trainer, Stable Manager & CHA Certified Master Trainer: 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.
Show Team Coach, Kindra Warner
Kindra has been involved with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) since 2008. Her students have proven their winning education through numerous Year End Awards and competing through the National level in IEA and IHSA. She joined our team in 2013, and has already built a successful DE Show Team, where many of our riders qualified for regional Zones, the Middle School Team went on to win the Zones Reserve Championship and 8th Place at IEA National competition (qualified riders shown).
Kindra is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center. She has experience teaching, training and competing in Eventing, Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage, and has studied under top professionals in the industry. Kindra has ridden under and learned from George Morris, Frank Madden, Joe Fargis, the O’Connor Event Team and USDF 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.
A Colorado native, 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 began her career working summers at Pompositticutt Farm Horse Camp, teaching children how to ride, tack and care for horses. Her family moved to Boston, and Casey continued to ride, specializing in Hunter/Jumpers. In 2013, Casey worked with Grand Prix rider Chris Pratt in California, riding, managing and caring for over 28 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 them how to ride, care, and understand the behavior of horses. Her excellent communication skills and fun loving nature will make you a more proficient rider and help you reach your riding goals!
Lauren Fay grew up in Vermont and got her first taste of 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 Stirrup to USET and 3’6” Medals. She won many championships along the way and showed 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 working student experience at Holly Hill, Fox Horn, Summerwood, Woodridge Farm & The Ellen Miller Riding School.
Lauren graduated from Virginia Intermont College in 2012. 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, Lauren has trained at barns and camps across New England, as well as in Florida, Virginia and Colorado. She comes with experiencing teaching lessons of all age groups and skill levels, and is trilled to share her knowledge with the DE riding school community. She 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 can’t be quantified but rather felt and understood by their four legged partner.”
Growing up in San Diego, Lily lived down the road from a local riding stable, and it was there that she had her first pony ride. 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 trainers including, Tara Weber, Jennifer and Abigail Price, Ashley Stannard, and Matias Fernandez. Under the instruction of a wide range of professional instructors over the last 18 years, she has developed her own unique style.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Equine Animal Science, she moved to Denver to pursue equestrian opportunities. At DE, she teaches youth programs, horse camp and adult lessons. Many of her students are interacting with horses for the first time, and her teaching emphasizes the safety and awareness of body language around horses. She encourages riders to practice calm leadership, and mindfulness on and off their horses. Her goal is to educate students and ensure they understand the sacred bond between horse and rider.
When Kate was a little girl, she asked her mother for a horse and was told that she could have one… when she bought it herself. This became a defining moment in her life, as working towards the goal of purchasing and keeping her own horse has been a major motivating factor in Kate’s life. She grew up Golden, periodically taking riding lessons at local barns. Kate went to CSU, where she discovered a new world of opportunities by helping to manage Lynchland Stables in Ft. Collins. She cared for the horses in exchange for lessons, fell in love with jumping, and added another horse to her herd.
After college, Kate returned to the Denver area and continued to take lessons and show her Thoroughbred gelding while working outside of the horse industry. Her desire to work with horses again led to a change in careers and she pursued joining the team at Denver Equestrians Riding School. Here she has embraced the opportunity to ride with talented instructors, and studied to become a CHA Certified Level 1 Instructor.
Kate is eager to help students find their passion for horses. She feels strongly that the relationship that a person can form with a horse can be pivotal in their lives and wants to aid others in experiencing the joy of that friendship.
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 (shown right).
"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 save enough for horse camp in the summer."
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 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: 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.