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Hilke S. Ungersma
Owner - Operator - Trainer
Hilke, a native of Germany, became thoroughly dedicated to equitation when she moved to America.
After spending her first years riding western and breeding Appaloosas, she started training hunters and jumpers and eventually branched into 3 Day Eventing. She took young riders to the preliminary level and competed herself at such places as: Ram Tap (Fresno), CTETA (Woodside), Rancho Murieta (Sacramento), and at Wild Horse in the Napa Valley.
Following these formative years Hilke found her real love, Dressage, and ultimately rode and trained horses and riders to the Prix St. George level.
Her junior and amateur riders have qualified and competed at the Junior and Adult Amateur Championships (references available).
Elizabeth grew up in Bishop, CA riding, competing, and starting young horses in multiple disciplines. Training: colt starting, western, english, dressage, jumping.
Ryan was raised on a cattle ranch in California, where his parents raised registered cattle. At a young age, Ryan started riding horses, and helping his parents with their show cattle. Ryan moved with his parents to Oregon, and then on to Susanville, where his Grandfather and Dad adopted a Mustang for Ryan. "Garrett" started Ryan in training horses.
Ryan belongs to several club affiliates including NRCHA, NCHA and WNCHA. He enjoys showing horses as much as teaching. Some titles he has won in recent years include NRCHA Open Bridle Championships, NRCHA Open Hackamore Championship and NRCHA Open Hackamore Reserve Championship. Also among Ryans accomplishments are winning an Open Bridle Series Championship Saddle and the distinction of top five money-maker.
Ryans dedication to his students and horses is evident through his training and showing, bringing out his true passion for cow and cutting horses.
Janet is an accomplished horse trainer/clinician, living and working in the Eastern Sierra for the past 35 years. She builds equine connections between people and their horses and operates her own business, Equine Connections, at Millpond Equestrian Center.