Our Instructors

Jennifer Granger

Jennifer Granger became involved with horses at the age of 12 after she finally talked her parents into buying her a horse. She discovered show horses when a neighbor brought her along to a horse show and she was hooked. Always one to admire a fancy, high stepping horse, Jennifer went on to ride and show Morgans and Saddlebreds in harness and under saddle in English and Western divisions. 

She attended William Woods University, where she minored in Equestrian Science and had the good fortune to ride with renowned instructor, Gayle Lampe. She later moved to Southern California where she has been teaching riding and driving for the past 10 years. 

Jennifer enjoys teaching riders of all levels and ages and sharing her passion for horses with her students. Her teaching style is positive based as she teaches one skill at a time to build muscle memory and confidence. Jennifer understands the challenges and demands of the sport and tries to make the learning process fun and at a pace that is comfortable for each individual rider.

Hayden Nielsen

Hayden Nielsen grew up Kansas City, Kansas. She began riding at the age of seven when her parents bought her a package of lessons for her birthday. Those few lessons turned into a lifetime dedicated to horses, specifically a passion for Morgans and Saddlebreds. She rode hunter jumper for a short amount of time before switching to saddle seat. She rode at well known Morgan training facility, Fire Stables, throughout her whole childhood until she went to college.

Hayden attended William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Equestrian Science. She has had the opportunity to work with many well known Morgan and Saddlebred training and instructing facilities including Fire Stables, Royal Winds Farm, Rushton Stables, and Visser Stables. She has experience with riding as well as showing multiple different disciplines including saddle seat, driving, hunt seat, and western pleasure.

Hayden is equipped to teach all ages and skill levels of riders and strives to give the same quality attention to each student whether it be a first time rider or decorated equestrian. She loves sharing her passion for horses with everyone she meets and enjoys making the lesson experience enriching and exciting.

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