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Training and Teaching Staff
Colt Starting, Foundation Training, Tune-Ups, DrivingBill grew up with horses, learning valuable horsemanship and training skills from his father Dan. Bill has an incredible ability to teach the foundations of safe and consistent communication to both horses and riders, regardless of breed, discipline, or background. Bill makes sure the farm runs smoothly, trains horses from the round pen to under saddle, and he is also famous for making our home-grown hay!
Pony Lessons, Mother-Daughter Lessons, Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Young Horse TrainingIn addition to managing the barn offices and coordinating the popular Pony Lesson program for young children, Ingvill is an accomplished rider who has competed both in her home country of Norway as well as all over Europe and the United States. She was 2014 USEA Area IV Regional Champion, and competed at the 2014 American Eventing Championships in Tyler, TX. Ingvill regularly rides with notable clinicians including Ralph Hill, Becky Holder, Josh Lyons, Yves Sauvignon, Derek McConnell, Jonathan Holling, Dom Schramm, William Fox-Pitt, and more.
Ingvill teaches lessons to students of all ages, and breeds and trains her award-winning sporthorses.
Colt Starting, Western Riding, Roping, Ranch Pleasure, Western Dressage, Tune-UpsPaul Austin specializes in colt starting and educating the competition or recreational horse and rider. He began riding in Woodloch's lesson program at age 8, attending many clinics and horse shows as a child. As Paul’s riding skills progressed, he began working in the Lesson Helper program and assisted during summer camps. One of his fondest memories is attending Dan Ramberg’s One Rein Clinic, which inspired him to pursue a career in horse training.
Paul’s experience working and riding on ranches in Wyoming and Arizona helped shape his training philosophy, and he apprenticed under Bill Ramberg and Mel Harms-Grossman at Woodloch Stable. He has also ridden with renowned trainers like Josh Lyons. Paul takes a practical, humane approach to training horses, whether the goal is to start a young horse under saddle, give a riding horse a tune-up, train for the show ring, or make a solid trail horse. Paul teaches horses to be calm, responsive, and safe for their riders, and teaches his riders to confidently and safely handle their horses. In addition to training, Paul also teaches group, private, and semi-private lessons as his schedule permits.
Contact Paul at (612)751-9601 or by email.
Dressage, Jumping, EventingKim Hiller has over 25 years of teaching experience, blending her traditional foundation with a strong emphasis on continuing education, creativity, and fresh ideas. Believing that the horse is a reflection of the rider, Kim emphasizes rider position and body awareness. Her goal is to help students recognize what they are communicating to their horses, and to guide them to improvement with progressive, systematic work.
Kim began riding as a child in Germany and has continued to build her career in Minnesota. She has had the opportunity to work and train with such noted riders as Max von Bleucher, Hilda Gurney, Paul Belasik, Jim Graham, Becky Holder, Derek McConnell, and Ralph Hill. From 2003-2004, Kim was Jim Graham’s barn manager in Alabama. "It was a wonderful time to experience being in a competitive barn," says Kim. "I was given the opportunity to compete at Training Level at the Horse Park in Kentucky on a very solid Irish Draught Horse, Hardeman. Jim is a great coach and I couldn't pass up the chance to show with such a generous person. Being back at Woodloch since then has been like coming back home. There is a sense of acceptance and community at Woodloch that I have not experienced at other barns."
Kim teaches group, private, and semi-private lessons and trains horses as her time permits. Contact Kim at (612)280-9088 or by email.
Beginner Riders, Western and English Equitation, Tune-Ups, Day CampMaggie Knowles began teaching at Woodloch in January 2016, and we are excited to have her on board! She teaches and rides in Western and English disciplines, and coordinates Woodloch's summer camp program. She has ridden horses since she was 10 years old, and graduated from the University of Minnesota (Crookston) with a Bachelors degree in Equine Science. While she was at UMC, Maggie was a member of the Women's Varsity Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian Team for 2 years. She first began instructing at YMCA Camp Warren summer camp in Eveleth, MN, where she was in charge of their horse program for four years. Maggie has also spent two summers as a trail guide in Jordan, MN.
Maggie enjoys teaching students the fundamentals of safe, effective, and confident horsemanship. She teaches group lessons on Mondays and Thursdays, and private lessons as her schedule permits.
Beginner Riders, Western and English EquitationHeather began teaching at Woodloch in October of 2016. She teaches and rides in English and Western disciplines. Heather began riding at the young age of 6, and was competitively showing by the age of 10 primarily in Saddle Seat Equitation and also Western. She shares her passion of Woodloch with her daughter Molly, who is a lesson helper and part of Woodloch's amazing barn crew. Together they own and train their young horse Tucker.
Heather enjoys getting to know the students and strives to build trusting relationships. This in turn develops the confidence necessary to achieve their goals related to Horsemanship. Education, Safety and FUN are in every class. She is also a personal trainer outside of Woodloch and this profession has carried over to her approach as a riding instructor. Heather focuses on the fundamentals of horsemanship while also teaching mind and body awareness, breath, and equitation. The horses appreciate this! 🙂
Heather teaches group lessons Saturdays, and is available for private and semi-private lessons as her schedule permits. Contact Heather at (651)356-4603 or by email.
Special Needs Lesson, Beginner Riders, Western PleasureMelissa Danielson grew up on horseback and was involved in Pony Club and 4-H as a child. She's been at Woodloch since she was young, starting with lessons with Dan Ramberg. She began teaching at Woodloch in 1999. Melissa has competed in eventing, dressage, hunter/jumper, western pleasure, hunt seat pleasure, bareback horsemanship, tandem bareback horsemanship, showmanship, trail and WSCA games. She is also a Special Olympics Certified Coach, and volunteers at the MN Special Olympics every year.
"I want my students to learn how to be safe and have fun with horses. My goal is to teach beginner students how to be confident, independent riders so that in the future they can have a safe and enjoyable experience with their own horses. I believe that a strong basic riding foundation is essential in order to succeed in a specific show ring discipline in the future. My goal for my show students is to learn that hard work, patience, and remembering to have fun is how you create a winning horse and rider team."
Melissa teaches riders with any type of special need on Thursday evenings. Side-walkers are available for additional support if necessary.
Private Lessons, Western and English Equitation, Special Needs Riders, Tune-Ups
Private Lessons, Western and English Equitation, Jumping, Gaited HorsesLindsey Kahn started riding at Woodloch in 1991. She attended as many lessons and summer camps as she could, and worked on Barn Crew as a teenager. Lindsey is a 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).
Lindsey began teaching at Woodloch in 2013, and uses practical and positive methods that encourage safety, consistency, and versatility. She rides in both Western and English disciplines, and particularly loves trail riding and eventing. She has competed across the Midwest and Midsouth and has ridden with Josh Lyons, Becky Holder, Ralph Hill, Larry Whitesell, Dom and Jimmie Schramm, & more.
Lindsey assists in the office and teaches private lessons as her schedule permits. Lindsey is a Master Saddlers Association trained saddle fitter and provides fittings for County saddles, repairs, and consultations through her business Safe and Sound Saddle Fit. She also is the creator of Do Or Do Knot Rope Halters and provides custom halters to clients worldwide. When she's not working with horses, Lindsey is an avid artist.
Woodloch’s Barn Crew is responsible for day-to-day care of boarding and school horses. They monitor health, feed, provide medical treatments, as well as keep the barn well-maintained. In the summer, many Barn Crew members help with field work and putting up our famous home-grown hay for the winter. Since 1990, Nancy Curren and Geneva Crabtree have coordinated the chore crew and oversee the health of our horses. Woodloch couldn’t run without our Barn Crew – we love having our hard-working and experienced women (and men!) taking such wonderful care of our horses!
Barn Crew ManagerNancy Curren has been with Woodloch since 1990, coordinating our indispensable Barn Crew. Bio coming soon!
Barn Crew ManagerGeneva Crabtree has been a central part of Woodloch's Barn Crew since 1990. Bio coming soon!
Barb Charpentier has been a central figure in Woodloch’s tack shop and lesson office for many years. She checks in lesson students, answers questions, gives barn tours to prospective clients, and is a wonderful resource for our clients. Stop in the lesson office to say hi!
Lesson Helpers & Camp Counselors
Woodloch’s Lesson Helpers serve as customer service representatives and apprentice instructors in our lesson and summer camp programs. They assist and supervise our students in preparation for each lesson. Each of our lesson helpers has gone through the lesson program and participates in training clinics in order to provide you with competent and friendly lesson assistance.
Bear and Chewy are the resident farm dogs, always around to greet people and “supervise” riding lessons! Our friendly farm cats Ole and Bob help keep the barns free of pests.