Trainer’s Corner

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“Did you Know…”

Open Letter to Trainers on Horse Welfare (by the USHJA Horse Welfare Committee)

USHJA would like to take this opportunity to ask each of you to help us spread the message of horse welfare. Horse welfare is a topic that must be of utmost importance to everyone involved in the horse industry. From caring for our equine partners at home to competing at horse shows, we ask that as trainers you help us set the gold standard of horse welfare.

Trainers play a vital role in the care and maintenance of our horses. As such riders, owners and spectators look t the trainers to learn what is acceptable. We ask that all trainers help our industry by promoting solid practices of horse welfare. Some examples of what riders, owners and spectators are exposed to are longeing, bathing and general care of the animal. By communicating the proper methods of simple everyday activities such as longeing and bathing (e.g., not continuing to lounge until a horse is lathered; avoiding spraying the horse in the face with the hose), you can help spread the message of proper horsemanship and thereby promote the idea of horse welfare.

It is the responsibility of every trainer to set an example for those looking for guidance. As trainers, you are the mentors of this industry. Together we must protect the horses; as horsemen, it is our job.

Reproduced with permission from USHJA Resource Guide

Elaine Coller – Stevensville, MT. Specializing in the all-around horse for jumper, hunters, eventing, and ranch work.

Bryna Closson Kalispell, MT
Hunter/jumper lessons and training for beginners through Grand Prix

Malika Coston, Kootenai Creek Equestrian Center, Stevensville:

Georgia Dillon– Kalispell, MT Hunters/Jumpers/Equitation 406-270-3350

Jessica Forliano in Cody, WY:  John Lyons Certified Professional Trainer. Jessica specializes in starting horses under saddle and training young/green horses for Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage Fundamentals. She also offers private or semi-private lessons for horse owners and riders in general horsemanship or English Performance. Visit – or call 307-899-5572.

River Run Farm Sarah Gasner, Trainer
Columbia Falls, MT
(406) 871-0667

Cindy Gidlewski – The Ranch Sport Horses
Show Hunters ~ Equitation ~ General Horsemanship
Beginner to Advanced  ~  35 yrs of Experience Serving EASTERN MT
Brusett,  MT  59318
406 557 2462  or 406 599 0038

Stephanie Kappes – certified riding instructor and trainer. Heated indoor arena, great stadium jumps and a cross-country schooling course through preliminary. Treasure State Equestrian Center. Full care boarding, lessons, and training. Also standing a very rare and beautiful palomino TB stallion. Just south of Missoula. 406-546-9247

Emily Luoma Brester – White Aspen Ranch, Billings, MT.  Specializing in Hunter/ Jumper Training for Horses and Riders of all ages.
J & S Sporthorses and Treasure State Hunt, Dillon, MT:

Sapphire Field Farms: Injury, rehab and total horse care, specializing in Hunter / Jumper lessons. If you are just interested in learning how to ride or want to compete, I have a program designed for your needs. Lesson horses available. Located at Sapphire Field Farms in Bigfork. Stephanie Gallardi  406-407-1200

Susan “Drue” Kerns Lessons and Training, LLC  Missoula, MT. hunters/jumpers/equitation/eventing/boarding  406-240-3667 or

Weigel Stables – Course Designer Edee Weigel, Hunters, Jumpers and Sport Horses, Huntley MT.

Danica Yates, Flathead Valley
Jumping and Dressage, school horses available (406) 224-7686

Parkwood Equestrian Center, Idaho Falls, ID:

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