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2013 Annual Trainers Showcase

New Heights Training Stables

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New Heights Training Stables is a private boarding and training facility offering beginner thru advanced riders a safe, fun, and positive experience. Riders look forward to customized weekly lessons, competing with our National Eventing Team, and building confidence with International Event trainer, David Acord. David gives a refreshing coaching style backed by years of teaching & advanced competition experience, inspiring students across the nation to take their riding to new heights. Quoted as one of the Bay Area's leading training programs, New Heights showcases a 4-star team of confident riders who place among the top riders on the West Coast and win championships in Three-Day Eventing. Come for a tour, enjoy a lesson, and see if our program is the right fit for you. Facility amenities include: cross-country course, water complex, banks, ditches, trails, gallop track, extra-large covered arena with lights, mirrors, private viewing area, large year-round jumping arena with state-of-the-art footing, round pens, turnouts, 12x12 stalls with 12x14 paddocks, private tack lockers, and a serene inviting getaway for friends and family.,, 925-858-2637.

About Basics Equestrian Training
BAEN Member

Nancy Cummings, ABOUT BASICS Equestrian Training - I am a certified ARIA (American Riding Instructor Association) instructor/trainer and am honored to have been included in their list of Top 50 Riding Instructors in America. I created ABOUT BASICS Equestrian Training several years ago to focus specifically on the team of horse and rider. I come to YOU at YOUR location and tailor my instruction to the individual goals and/or issues you want to address. I ride your horse as well (I ride both English and Western) so that I can competently assess what you are experiencing as I instruct you in your riding. I am also able to help you to learn how to train your horse to make him or her the best they can be. I focus on giving you a strong set of tools to enhance your riding skills as well as a strong understanding of your horse's behavior. It's logical that you will feel confident once you feel competent! Take a look at my website and call or email me to schedule a session! Nancy Cummings (650) 793-0646.

Artisans Stables
BAEN MemberArtisans Stables is a full service boarding and training facility, offering top of the line lease and sale horses. Our program is individualized to every rider and horse combination, achieving short and long term goals. We specialize in developing talent from ponies to Grand Prix and everything in between. Small intimate barn, private lessons, and kind positive atmosphere. Excellence in horsemanship, riding, teaching, and the whole horse, mind and body. Located 20 minutes from Los Gatos and San Jose, with late lessons two nights per week. Lights and covered arena. Schooling shows - AAA, and medal finals, depending on desired level of competition. Let us help you achieve your goals. School horses available for lessons. 408-832-7660.
Jenn Doubrava Performance Horses
BAEN MemberJenn Doubrava Performance Horses is located at the beautiful Red Fox Farm of Gilroy, CA. We offer a full service boarding and training program ranging in a variety of disciplines, focusing mainly on western pleasure, hunter under saddle, trail and all around. Youth and amateurs are always welcome to join our show team. At JDPH we also offer a great program for young horses, ranging from longe line training to finished futurity prospects, as well as basic colt starting. We always have a very nice selection of sale horses, and can assist in the sales of your horse as well. JDPH covers most major AQHA, APHA and ApHC show circuits, ranging from a local, statewide and national level. Our program is very successful and continues to strive in the show pen, as well as fulfilling personal goals and creating better horses and riders. Lessons also available for all ages, from beginner riders to advanced. We encourage you to stop by our wonderful facility and meet the fun and friendly JDPH team. For more information please call 408-427-6731 or email,
California Riding Academy
BAEN MemberCalifornia Riding Academy Offers Two Distinct Programs: CRA Show Team & CRA Lesson Program. In a professional, supportive & fun environment, at a top-notch facility, come perfect your riding skills. Students compete at both schooling & rated shows & are regularly in the ribbons with many Championships & Reserve Championships. From complete beginners to seasoned competitors, CRA's team of professionals will carefully guide & support your showing aspirations. Your horse will enjoy the bright cheerful barn, our professional grooms, hot/cold wash stall & regular turnout. Train with lifelong horsemen and seasoned competitors Jessica Harrell & Michael Traurig, son of International Show Jumping, Dressage and 3-Day rider, trainer and coach, Bernie Traurig; & Sarah Willett, who took her horse to the National Award of USEF Horse of the Year Title. Our Riding Academy welcomes ages 4 to 99! From the first-time rider, the rusty-rider, or the pleasure or weekend-warrior rider, our Riding Academy will brighten your busy days. CRA is a United States Certified Pony Club Riding Center & hosts week-long Summer Camps starting June 10 all summer long! Located at Portola Valley Training Center (PVTC) in Menlo Park., Office 650-740-2261, Barn 650-854-1037.
Vefele's Equine Partnerships

BAEN MemberOur goal at Vefele's Equine Partnerships is to provide education to bring horses and riders together in harmony. FEI dressage rider Vefele has year of experience teaching, training and showing horses of all level and has worked with world-class rider with a focus on the classical collaboration that creates success and comfort. In the pursuit of success in the show ring, miscommunications arise that damage the relationship and VEP works to avoid this by teaching common sense techniques to build foundation based on sympathy and confidence. She works daily with people of all disciplines, with the aim to educate riders and their mounts. Vefele's influences include Hilda Gurney, Col. Cristian Carde, Will Clinging, Shannon Peters and most importantly the many four legged partners she has worked with over the years. All disciplines and breeds are encouraged. VEP is currently located in Castro Valley. Contact 831-235-3437 or "I may not know a lot about dressage but after just one lesson with Vefele I was able to get the response I needed from my horse with minimal effort. Vefele truly helped me find a better connection with my mare."  -Renee Murillo, Arabian Horse Owner.

Seven Oaks Farm
BAEN MemberSeven Oaks Farm is one of the happiest and most successful barns in the bay area: Whether you plan to compete in dressage at the international level or you would enjoy a safe and competitive schoolmaster to help improve your skills or you simply want to learn to ride, Seven Oaks Farm will help you reach your version of success. We offer monthly training packages as well as individual lessons, on your horse or ours. We also offer the program "Acorns to Oaks", for people who are new to horses or for horses who are new to people. At the same two locations for over twenty years, we are a short drive from anywhere in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas. Call or email us to set up a visit or a trial lesson: 650-738-2186.,
Redwood Ranch Stables
BAEN MemberRedwood Ranch is a full-service private boarding and training facility in the hills of Oakland. Only 17 miles from the center of San Francisco, nestled amongst tall Redwood trees, We offer riding instruction and training to students and horses of all ages and levels, catering to beginners through seasoned competitors. Redwood also specializes in horse sales and leases. We're proud to have a team of talented, well-trained school horses as well as an experienced and dedicated staff. Our facility includes indoor and outdoor arenas with sand-rubber footing, bedded stalls cleaned twice daily, 3 daily feedings, wash racks with hot water, roomy tack rooms and more, plus on-grounds access to hundreds of miles of beautiful bay area trails. Redwood is a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment - come join our family! 510-531-0262,, or email:
3D Performance Horses
BAEN MemberOur exclusive 3D Core training system is a comprehensive method for Developing the horse in Degrees to create the 3 Dimensional or all around, well broke horse. A horse that is developed with longevity in mind. Offering lessons in Cowboy Dressage, Reining and Western Riding. Colts started right, training for horse and rider, full Bridle Horse training, Horsemanship and consignments sales. Dianne is also available for clinics or group lessons at your facility. Check out our web site for upcoming clinic dates. We are located in beautiful Sebastopol, CA.  Dianne has been a lifelong horsewoman. She discovered her passion for horses at the age of 8. Dianne has been training her own horses and then clients' horses for 35 years. She moved to CA in 1977 to work with some of California's bridle horse greats. Dianne has always incorporated the principles of Cowboy Dressage in her training methods which she calls the 3D Horse Training Method and The 3D CORE System Philosophy. Update! Dianne Sommerfeld's 3D Performance Horses attended The First Annual Cowboy Dressage World Finals Nov. 16-17, 2013 and came home in the ribbons, Silver Buckle, and the Overall Highpoint Award of a Dale Chavez Trophy Saddle. Highpoint for the show out of 503 entries! 707 537-8196,,
Jill Mitchell Training Stables

BAEN MemberJill Mitchell has been training in the San Francisco Bay Area for 28 years. She is well-known for her ability to bring out the best in both horses and riders. She offers riding lessons for all ages and abilities. She enjoys working with beginners and young riders to help them define and achieve their goals. Whether you want to improve your horsemanship skills and have fun, or you aspire to compete at the local, regional, or national level, Jill Mitchell Training Stables can assist you to reach your goals. At Reinstein Ranch in Livermore, CA we provide a full service training facility offering training, lessons, clinics, camps (day camps or weekly), endurance horses, and trail rides; including sales and marketing assistance. Jill Mitchell has experience training horses in a variety of disciplines including Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, English Pleasure, Reining, competitive trail classes, recreational trail riding and endurance riding. Jill Mitchell Training also offers foundational training for young horses. Contact Jill Mitchell: 925-250-1371,,

Chris Hiller Equestrian Services

BAEN MemberSTUCK in the same place?  Looking for lightness but having to fight for it? Self carriage is the key to light & forward performance--regardless of your level of experience your horse will benefit & progress from creating or recreating this solid foundation. It's an entirely different experience to ride a horse who's in sync with your intentions as opposed to being obedient to you wishes. Chris Hiller Equestrian Services is committed to achieving this approach through a system of clear communication & attainable goals. A great training program transcends discipline & allows you to teach your horse anything you desire: it's all about the HOW not the WHAT.  Horses behave confidently & respectfully when the message is simple & clear. Be the rider who can listen as well as speak.  Know that your position & balance compliment your horse's efforts rather than compromise them. Chris Hiller is a USEA certified level II instructor whose love is combined training, but truly believes the success of jumping is the result of successful dressage work. Overcome past barriers of performance & discover that the difference between what you have and what you wish for is much closer than you think., and check our facebook page 

Creek Hill Farm

BAEN MemberCreek Hill Farm offers a full range of riding lessons for ages five and up, from beginners through advanced. All levels of riders are accepted with lessons on your own horse or we have lesson horses available.  Our English lessons include instruction in Hunter/Jumpers and English Pleasure. We do attend outside schooling shows and rated shows for those students that wish to compete.  Several lessons packages are available. Creek Hill Farm is located at Meandering Creek Equestrian Center which is a private boarding and training facility located in Livermore. Facilities include: Lighted indoor arena 120' x 60' with sand and rubber footing; Outdoor arena 220' x 95' with sand footing; 60' round pen; Turn-out areas; 80 acres of trail riding; Warm water wash racks; Jumps. Contact Julie Harvey, 925-337-5375, 925-980-1606,,

Isloa Stables
BAEN MemberIsola Stables is the foundation of your equestrian success. Under the direction of Head Trainer and founder David Murdoch, we concentrate on executing the highest quality equestrian practices. Our focus on hard work and animal management, combined with a lifetime of understanding animals and students, keeps Isola Stables and its clients at the top of the sport. Only Isola Stables includes every Olympic discipline -- Show Jumping, Three Day Eventing and Dressage -- under one team banner. Trainers David Murdoch, Amanda Fisher, John Michael Durr and Hillary Martin bring their experience competing at the elite levels of their sport to the training ring. We support you and your horse whatever your equestrian endeavors. Visit us online at, then call 650-854-4955.
Eric and Julie Thomas, Thomas Ranch

BAEN MemberReining, Cutting & Working Cow Horse training with Eric Thomas, & Dressage with Julie Thomas, for horses & riders at all levels. Eric Thomas represents a unique blend of horsemanship ethics, classical dressage, & Stock horse technique that results in secure, well prepared horses & riders. Born & educated in England, Julie Thomas brings the great foundation of the British Horse Society to her "horse first" classical dressage training, coaching & competition through the FEI levels. Julie also specializes in NAJYRC junior & young riders. Thomas Ranch is a premium East Bay training facility with 24 hour care 10 minutes from Orinda and 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Full sized indoor arena, two outdoor arenas, & two round pens, as well as live cattle, Cuttin Critter, Cowtrac flag, plus sixty acres surrounded by 12,000 acres of open space for riding out. Starting youngsters & reschooling older horses are among our specialties; helping horses and riders to realize their full potential is our abiding passion. Over 60 years combined national & international experience educating Dressage & Western Performance horses side by side. 925-229-2299,


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