The Instructors – Coaches & Special Guests

Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig – Founder & Head Coach

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. After amassing 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success. 


Olympic & Championship Coaches

Bernie Traurig

USET Veteran, Reaching The Top In All 3 Of The Intl. Equestrian Olympic Disciplines

Will Simpson

2008 Olympic Show Jumping Team Gold Medalist & Grand Prix Show Jumping Veteran

Gina Miles

Silver Medalist In Eventing At The 2008 Olympic Games & Pan American Games Medalist

Debbie McDonald

Olympic Medalist, World Cup Final Champion & Pan American Games Gold Medal Winner

Mandy Porter

West Coaster, Mandy Porter, Is One of America’s Top Grand Prix Competitors

Eric Navet

1990 World Champion, 1991 European Champion & French Champion

Denny Emerson

Inducted To USEA Hall Of Fame & World Champion 3 Day Event Gold Medal Team

Rodrigo Pessoa

2004 Olympic Individual Gold Medalist, WEG & World Cup Finals Champion

Laura Kraut

2008 Olympic Show Jumping Team Gold Medalist & Grand Prix Show Jumping Veteran

John Anderson

Olympian & Canadian Show Jumping Team Member

Candice King

Grand Prix Veteran, Has Represented The U.S. On Numerous Nations Cup & Super League Teams

Axel Steiner

FEI 5* Dressage Judge of Olympic Games, Pan Am Games & World Cup Finals

Lauren Hough

2000 Olympic Show Jumping Team Member & Pan American Games Medalist

George Morris

Legendary horseman, trainer and former USET Chef d’Equipe  

Tom McCutcheon

2011 FEI World Reining Finals Champion & NRHA $1 Million Dollar Rider

Damian Gardnier

Irish Olympian and Grand Prix Show Jumping Veteran

Tim McQuay

NRHA Hall Of Fame Star & $2 Million National Reining Horse Association Rider

Peter Wylde

2004 Olympic Show Jumping Team Gold Medalist & 2002 WEG Individual Bronze Medalist

Carla Wennberg

Western Horsemanship Coach, Quarter Horse Judge & FEI Steward for Reining

Hugh Graham

Canadian Olympian and Grand Prix Show Jumping Veteran

Bertalan de Nemethy

Bertalan de Nemethy, Legendary Equestrian, Coached The USET For 25 Years

Alexander Zetterman

Championship Rider & Youngest Member of Swedish Jumping Team

Leslie Howard

Olympic medalist, FEI World Cup Champion & Current Top Show Jumper

Linda Allen

FEI & USEF Judge, Olympic Course Designer, Clinician, Equestrian Facility Design Consultant & Author


World-Class Coaches & Special Guests

John French

USHJA Int’l Hunter Derby Winner & 2 Time World Champion Hunter Rider

Missy Clark

One Of The Most Successful & Winning Equitation/Jumper Coaches In The Country

Team Karazissis

Married Members Of The Legendary Equestrian Family & Head Trainers Of Far West Farm

Louise Warner Serio

Top Trainer, Judge & World Champion Hunter Rider

Armando Hassey

Successful International Grand Prix Rider & Trainer

Susan Hutchison

Top Grand Prix Rider & Active Participant In Show Jumping Community

Judy Martin

Acclaimed Trainer, Clinician & Horsewoman, Sought Out By Amateurs & Pros Alike

Jose Alejos

Master Horseman & Head Colt Starter For Top International Show Barns

Peter Pletcher

Top Hunter/Jumper Trainer & 3 Time World Champion Hunter Rider

Julie B. Winkel

Accomplished Rider & Trainer, Judge, Clinician, USHJA, USEF, EAP, TCP & Zone 10 Commitee Member

Val Renihan

One Of The Country’s Top Hunter, Jumper & Equitation Trainers

Cynthia Hankins

Top Equitition Trainer, Rider, Judge & Clinician

Olaf Petersen

Olympic, WEG & World Cup Finals Course Designer & Technical Delegate

Darren Roberts

Stable Management Specialist & Canadian Show Jumping Team Tour Manager

Leopoldo Palacios

Olympic, Championship & World Cup Finals Course Designer & Technical Delegate

Tonya Johnston

Mental Skills Coach Specializing In Equestrian Sport Psychology

Dr. Heather Mack

Mouth Dentistry & Holistic Horse Health

Dr. Richard Markell

Official Veterinarian For 3 World Cup Show Jumping Finals

Dr. Rob Boswell

Top Vet Specializing In The Treatment & Diagnostic Imaging Of Sport Horses

Alita Hendricks

Horse Management Specialist, Judge & Clinician

Zazou Hoffman

ASPCA Maclay National Champion

Dr. Geoff Vernon

Veterinarian For The U. S. & Canadian Show Jumping Teams

Dr. Robert Bruise

Board Certified Equine Surgeon Recognized For His Expertise In Colic Surgery

Stacia Madden

One of the most successful trainers of young, developing show jumping talent in the U.S.

Archie Cox

One Of The Nation's Top Equitation & Hunter Trainers

Bill Cooney

A disciple of George Morris and a top equitation trainer of medal finalists

Team Glynn

Top Equitition and Hunter rider/trainers at Sonoma Valley Stables.

Team McAllister

Top jumper trainers at Martin McAllister Training located at the Flintridge Riding Club

Cori Christmann

Experienced rider, trainer and barn manager grassroots through national level.

Ronnie Beard

Renowned Judge, Trainer, And Show Jumping High Performance Committee Member


Susan Deal

USHJA Certified Trainer, Judge & Steward

Beverly Jovais

Top Pony Trainer & Judge

Dr. Melodee Ingram

Veterinarian Specializing in Equine Sports Medicine

Blair Cooper

Top Southern Callifornia Farrier  

Peggy Thompson

A-Circuit professional braider, in demand coast-to-coast for all the most prestigious horse shows

Olivia Loiacono

Up & Coming International 3-Day Eventer

Robin Martinez

Professional Trainer & Owner of Blackjack Fitness

Karen Healey

One of the Country's Most Winning Equitation, Hunter & Jumper Trainers. Clinician, Judge, USHJA, USEF & EAP Committee Member

Verena Mahin

Owner of VS Dressage, Inc., a premier dressage training and riding facility in San Marcos, CA.

Alice Debany Clero

International Grand Prix veteran & coach of the Dubai Show Jumping Team for over a decade

James Hagman

Founder, Head Coach and Instructor at Elevenstar Riding Academy

Robin Waugaman

Top West Coast Hunter/Jumper Rider and Trainer

Natasha Traurig Ferrara

Show Jumping Development and Training Expert