Since her first time in the saddle at 2 years of age, Sara has been fascinated by horses. Drawing pony figures for every possible art project, playing with Breyer Collectibles and giving each a show and barn name, she encountered full-force horse fever. Researching, reading about and watching horses has long been her deepest curiosity and Sara still has a preoccupation for all things equestrian.
After initial years of weekend-long visits, trail riding, play days and rodeos at a Southern California ranch time-share, Sara began taking formal riding lessons and quickly picked up on the Hunter-Jumper riding discipline. Quite often, seven-year-old Sara was riding in group jumping lessons with the older middle and high school girls.
In 2001, Sara and her family moved to San Diego where she lived every little girls dream. On her 14th birthday, she was given her very own horse; an Appaloosa filly that she suitably registered "Sara’s Fancy Dream." Much of her junior career was filled with busy days at the barn as a working student. Riding consignment horses, client's horses, and at the end of the day her own, Sara has long respected the effort, attention to detail and dedication necessary to reach her goals as a young amateur. Traveling throughout Southern California, Sara competed in Hunters, Equitation and Jumpers, regularly showing in open classes against trainers, and much older-than-she amateurs.
As a young adult, Sara became an exercise rider, where she first lent her hand in teaching beginner riders the basics. It was then that she knew she had found her calling. In the eleven years following, Sara has been responsible for running several riding school programs in Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Carlsbad, California. All the while, she went back to school to pursue a Child Development, Psychology and Education degree to use as an application to more effectively coach and communicate with all children. Since relocating to Colorado to join us here at DE, Sara has been promoted to Assistant IEA Hunt Seat Show Team Coach, and enjoys teaching riders in our Youth Programs and horse-loving adults like herself.
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 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, and began full time at DE in 2015.
Sabine enjoys riding her horse Fiona in the dressage ring, and teaching beginner to advanced riders of all ages, whether in our Youth Programs or Programs for Adults. 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.
DE Show Team Head 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, DE Middle School and High School riders have gone on to compete at Regionals, Zones and Nationals every year since our team'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 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. Join our program and attend local CHJA and USEF "A" Rated Shows during the summer months, and Interscholastic Shows during the school year.
Gigi Brittain joined our team as the Dressage Trainer for riders and horses of all levels. Originally from Wellington, Florida, Gigi 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. Gigi eventually competed in Eventing, and discovered her love and passion for the discipline of Dressage.
She built and managed 2 horse farms of her own 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 works with the Dressage horses at DE, as well as school horses for those new to the discipline. She loves to share her education and passion with students of all ages and levels.
Kay starting riding at a local stable at age 11. After her ﬁrst riding lesson, she knew this was the sport for her. At ﬁrst, riding only one time per week, Kay remembers waking up on Sunday mornings and racing out the door to her riding lesson. Her once per week riding lesson quickly evolved to twice per week. Soon after badgering her parents to allow her to ride twice per week, she became even more involved by becoming a working student at the barn. As her father wasn’t able to aﬀord a horse, nor the shows Kay had aspirations to ride in, Kay worked every day after school for her trainer to fullﬁll her goals. Kay rode at least 5 horses every day after school and helped with chores around the barn throughout all of her teen years. Culminating Kay’s junior riding career, she won the local medal ﬁnals on a horse she had to borrow.
At the University of Colorado at Boulder, Kay earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and was hired as a working student to keep herself in the saddle. Upon graduation, she was hired to show horses and assist in teaching riders. She went on to developing her own business, which she owned and operated for 20 years. During some of her adult years, Kay made a change to ride as an amateur while dedicating more time to her newborn son, Gus. As her son grew older, she was oﬀered and accepted another training position in the equine industry.
Kay remains heavily involved in the art of horseback riding today. In 2010, Kay earned a recorded ‘r’, judges license from the United States Equestrian Federation. In 2011, Kay became a Certiﬁed Instructor through the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Kay regularly judges local and national horse shows, has hosted several clinics with world renowned riding instructors and still enjoys seeing her students achieve their riding goals. She is delighted to join the Denver Equestrian's training staﬀ as a substitute instructor. Kay enjoys teaching riders of all levels from beginners to serious show oriented riders. Whether a rider’s goal is simply to be a competent rider or a national level exhibitor, Kay loves passing on her passion to the next generation of riders.
Bridget Rohde - Director of Equine Programs
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 was certified through the CHA and received the Master Instructor Certification for advanced knowledge in English/Jumping and Western disciplines. She currently manages the trainers, riding instructors and horses in the DE school program, teaches all ages and levels, and is very active in organizing our Western IEA Team, Youth Riding Clubs, Horse Camp and Adult Programs. You will also find Bridget and her DE Clients at local shows and national AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) horse shows throughout the year!
Corinne Lettau - Founder / CEO
Founder/CEO, Denver Equestrians Riding School and Owner, Colorado Equestrian Center
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 professional CHA certification in 1993, she has enjoyed teaching children and adults of all levels how to understand, ride and care for horses, while continuing her education in the riding discipline of Dressage.
"When I turned 10, my mom worked as an art teacher at a girls summer camp - it just happened to teach horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, vaulting and jumping! I won my first blue ribbon, and my heart for horses was set on fire." Corinne and Shalimar, 1976 (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 in the 1970's!). 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 working student opportunities and riding scholarships."
After college, Corinne took a job at a dude ranch teaching and 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 Western 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."
After a journey in her youth between hunt seat and western disciplines, Corinne was introduced to Dressage in 1994, a discipline that focuses on the proper training of the horse. 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, left). She was fortunate to train with Michelle Gibson again at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as numerous clinics. She has studied extensively under many top professionals in the industry, including FEI judges Bill Solyntjes, Janet Foy, and Dolly Hannon. Today, Corinne brings Olympian Michelle Gibson to DE to conduct educational clinics at her facility. Together, they will continue with ongoing clinics for DE clients and dressage professionals.
"Everything I have learned about horses has taught me that there is always more to learn. At our facility, the horses come first. They are not a commodity, but a loved and respected member of our family. You will be required to care for your horse as if he or she is your own."
The DE vision is to create a family-friendly environment where horse lovers of all ages can learn, thrive and grow. We are continually raising the standards of the equine industry, and safety is the number one priority at our barn. To reinforce that standard, we host ongoing Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor Certification Clinics. Continuing education is important for our staff, and we open the clinic to others looking to become certified in this field. Our goal is to become the best of the best in safety,
education and fun - both in this country, and in the world of equine educational facilities.