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Hoof & Woof Sponsored Riders

Hoof and Woof's footwear was inspired and created by master shoe designers specifically for a woman's foot and tested by women that ride a lot. World class athletes and trainers representing a mix of disciplines are an important part of our team. Who better to test products and offer feedback than talented riders and trainers that are in the saddle and on their feet all day long. We are proud to have an amazing group of horsewomen representing and wearing Hoof and Woof products.

 

 

Allison Kroff

Tempe, Arizona

Allison Kroff

Allison Kroff began riding horses at the age of 7 in Mesa, Arizona.

She started out in the hunter ring and soon moved to the jumper ring. When Allison was 15 she entered her first Grand Prix in Scottsdale, Arizona on one of her imported horses, and she knew from that day that she wanted to strive to be at the top of the equestrian sport.

Since she was 16, Allison qualified for the Zone 8 North American Young Riders Championships. She competed in the Championships in the US and Canada, and in 2005 she earned the team silver medal. After graduating high school, Allison moved to Germany to further her riding knowledge. She lived there for three months riding her own horses along with other horses at the facility. She competed aboard, her horses Omar Shariff and Atlantis placing in multiple classes. Allison and her horses came back to the US and shortly after their return they started competing in Grand Prixs around the US. In 2004, Allison piloted Omar Shariff to six Grand Prix wins, including the $60,000 Grand Prix of Denver.

In 2007, Allison and Nomograaf earned the alternate spot to represent the US in the 2007 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, NV. As an alternate Allison was invited to compete in the Grand Prix at the World Cup Finals. In the fall of 2007, Allison and Nomograaf captured the win in the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier in Las Vegas, NV. In the years to follow, Allison and her horses; Nomograaf, Omar Shariff, Miss Hans, Washington and Little Miss Sunshine have won numerous Grand Prixs.

In 2009 Allison became an Ambassador for JustWorld International; a non-profit organization that raises funds to bring education and necessary supplies to the poorest communities in countries such as Brazil, Cambodia, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico and Senegal. To get more information on this organization visit justworldinternational.org In 2010, Allison wanted to further her knowledge of running a show barn so she took an Assistant Trainer position at Windfall Farm in Fairfield, CA. There she had the privilege to work under Gry McFarlane, who has operated a successful show barn for over 25 years. In 2013, Allison brought her years of experience and success back to Arizona by opening Kroff Stables. The results were extraordinary.

 

Megan Lepper

Claremont, California

Megan Lepper

Megan started riding at the young age of 3 and began competing at the age of 5 in hunters under the tutelage of John Bragg.

At the age of 11, she began eventing under the tutelage of Olympian Jil Walton. Megan rode with Jil for many years until leaving for college in 2006. While in college, Megan served as the chairman to the American Connemara Pony Society. In 2011 Megan received her degree in Biology from Sonoma State University.

Upon her graduation Megan made the decision to move to Europe to further her equestrian education. While abroad she studied with the British Horse Society to receive her trainers certificate, worked for Tredstep Ireland and trained with world renowned William Micklem.

After returning to the states, Megan took the position as assistant trainer to Tamra Smith of Next Level Eventing. In 2013, Megan made the decision to break off on her own and began operating as Telesis Equestrian, located in Southern California. Megan currently competes at the Advanced level in the sport of Three-Day Eventing.

 

Mary Carlton

Marshall, Michigan

Mary Carlton

Megan started riding at the young age of 3 and began competing at the age of 5 in hunters under the tutelage of John Bragg.

At the age of 11, she began eventing under the tutelage of Olympian Jil Walton. Megan rode with Jil for many years until leaving for college in 2006. While in college, Megan served as the chairman to the American Connemara Pony Society. In 2011 Megan received her degree in Biology from Sonoma State University.

Upon her graduation Megan made the decision to move to Europe to further her equestrian education. While abroad she studied with the British Horse Society to receive her trainers certificate, worked for Tredstep Ireland and trained with world renowned William Micklem.

After returning to the states, Megan took the position as assistant trainer to Tamra Smith of Next Level Eventing. In 2013, Megan made the decision to break off on her own and began operating as Telesis Equestrian, located in Southern California. Megan currently competes at the Advanced level in the sport of Three-Day Eventing.

 

Mary Von Zimmerman

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Mary Von Zimmerman

Mary grew up in Yakima, WA and began competing at the age of 7. At the age of 10, she got her first "A-Circuit" pony, Magic Man, and never looked back. In the 3 years of competing together, they won everything in the Large Pony and Children's Hunters. After searching for a horse to move up to the Junior Hunters, it was decided that Mary take over the ride on a young homebred. Mary and Rocky's Journey then began their amazing partnership. Starting in the Children's Hunters and quickly moving into the 3'6" Jumpers, Mary and Rocky became the team to beat for the next 10 years, from the Children's Jumpers (3'6") to the Junior/Amateur Jumpers (4'6"). The highlight of their incredible career was in 1992, competing at two weeks of the Michelob Classic (now the High Desert Classics). Beginning with winning Champion Preliminary Jumpers (winning all 4 classes of the division) and finishing 5th in the $10,000 Gambler's Choice, jumping the Joker at 5'3", during week 1, and following it up in week 2 by winning Champion Jr/AO Jumpers and finishing 8th in the $25,000 Michelob Classic Grand Prix.

After retiring Rocky in 1995, Mary became a working student for former Olympian Kevin Freeman. When her tenure as working student was over, Mary worked at Oz, Inc for Jeff and Shelly Campf where she was given the opportunity to learn more about how to run a successful training program from the ground up.

In 1997, Mary was hired to take over the Riding School and rebuild the H/J program at Lake Oswego Hunt. She spent 6 years at LOH building a very strong and successful program, based on developing solid and effective horsemanship skills. Her ability to match horses and riders to become winning partners became her forte. Working on creating a focused, yet fun learning environment has always been a cornerstone of which she has built her program.

Mary spent 15 years as a top NW professional in the greater Portland area and is proud to say that all of her students over the years were always in the Oregon State Hunter/Jumper Association Year-End Top 6 awards from Short Stirrup Hunters to the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers.

Some of Mary's personal accomplishments to date:

  • 2012- Reserve Champion 1.10m and 1.15m Jumpers- Alpine Preview (Just Seven)
  • 2011- 9th Place Spring National Futures Class (Just Seven)
  • 2011- 3rd Place 1.20m Spring National Hunter Jumper (Just Seven)
  • 2008- Winner Brawley Farms Speed Derby (Candela)
  • 2008- 2nd Place Rose City Opener Speed Derby (Candela)
  • 2001- Winner of the Brawley Farms Classic Grand Prix (Espoir d'Erpiniere)
  • 2001- Winner of the Hood River Grand Prix (Espoir d'Erpiniere)
  • 1995- Winner at Spruce Meadows- 1.20m Amateur Jumpers (Rocky's Journey)
  • 1992- 5th Place Michelob Classic $10,000 Gambler's Choice (Rocky's Journey)
  • 1992- 8th Place Michelob Classic $25,000 Grand Prix (Rocky's Journey)

In 2005, Mary got her USEF Jumper Judge's Card as part of giving back to the sport she loves

 

Jessica Heidemann

Bellingham, Washington

 Jessica Heidemann

Jessica has been competing in Dressage from the age of 13 and discovered Eventing when she was 15. She is dedicated to the success of both her horses and her students and understands that communication between trainer, horse, and rider is vital to success. She tailors her training programs to meet the specific needs and desires of each of her clients both equine and human. She encourages active participation, whether the goal is a safe riding partner or an international competitor.

Jessica’s understanding and commitment to the training scale allows her to help each horse develop to their full potential. She loves bringing horses and riders along and seeing them succeed through the levels. She has experienced great success at the international level and has the dedication and commitment to help horse, rider, and owner, achieve whatever their dream may be.

With her previous partner French Twist Jessica was named to the Winter Training List from 2002 through 2006. She competed at Rolex in 2004 and 2006 finishing in the top 15 both times and represented the US at the World Cup in Malmo, Sweden in 2005. After retiring French Twist she bred her CCI** mare to create her next upper-level mount. She is working back up through the levels and looks forward to returning to international competition in 2018.

 

Jennifer McFall

Wilton, California

  Jennifer McFall

Jennifer McFall started her riding career in Pony Club and showed her family’s Morgan horses on a regional and national level, winning many National and World titles in Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Dressage and Jumping. She got her start with Dragonfire Kublahan, a Morgan gelding bred by her family farm and her partner during her teenage years.

In her 20’s Jennifer caught the Eventing bug and excelled from the start in the sport of 3-day eventing to parallel her Morgan ring success. Jen has won multiple awards in both disciplines, among them being honored by the Morgan Horse Association for her influence on the Morgan breed, particularly in the area of eventing. Recently, Jennifer and her talented partner High Times, a Holsteiner gelding she has brought up through the levels, finished in the top 10 at multiple CIC and CCI3* events and successfully completed their first CCI4* together at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Rolex is the only event of its magnitude in the United States and to complete any 4* is a tremendous accomplishment.

Jennifer looks forward to what the future has in store for her as both a rider and breeder of top horses at Dragon Fire Sport Horses

 

Kaitlyn Charlton

Tigard, Oregon

   Kaitlyn Charlton

Kaitlyn began riding at age 8 in the small pony division. She ended her junior career with championships in equitation and the children’s jumper division for OHJA and Zone 9.

Kaitlyn also competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, winning the High Point Rider for her region each year she competed. During her senior year of college, Kaitlyn was 6th in the Cacchione Cup at Nationals.Turning professional in 2007, Kaitlyn worked for Tile Valley Farm, under Megan Garcia and Leslie Bierly.

Working there, she gained experience teaching and showing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation rings. Her students, along with herself, won multiple championships and classics. She opened Charlton Ridge Farm in September, 2013, wanting to bring her knowledge to students of all ages.

 

Lauren Sprieser

Marshall, Virginia

   Lauren Sprieser

A family bike ride led to the discovery of a nearby stable, offering beginner riding lessons in the sport of dressage. Lauren’s mother, Judy, signed the pair up for lessons. Little did they know that less than 8 years later, Lauren would be representing her country for the first time in international competition.

After spending her youth with lessons on horses at local riding stables, Lauren’s first foray into international-level dressage came with Bellinger, a lanky and tricky Trakehner gelding. Lendon Gray was Lauren’s first world-class trainer, and helped foster a tremendous partnership between Lauren and “Billy,” which led to Team Bronze at the 2003 NAYRC, and then open Grand Prix competition while still a Young Rider.

Lauren and the Holsteiner gelding L’Etoile 6 earned both Team Gold at the 2005 NAYRC and an incredible opportunity - the chance to train in Germany with Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Theodorescu and her Olympian father, Georg. Lauren took a semester off from her studies in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Sarah Lawrence College to learn from these great masters, and to taste the reality of running a world-class training center.

It was a taste that would prove crucial. Upon graduating from college, Lauren spent a year as a working student for several exceptional trainers, including Olympic Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell, before setting up her own business in Marshall, Virginia in the fall of 2007.

Lauren quickly established herself as a top trainer of riders from green to Grand Prix across several disciplines, with students ranging from the 2008 US Eventing Beginner Novice Rider of the Year to a long-listed rider for the Canadian Pan American Games Team, from local walk-trot champions to NAJYRC contenders

 

Mari Kerola

Portland, Oregon

   Mari Kerola

Riding instructor Mari Kerola is originally from Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the Portland area in 1999. While she has successfully competed in jumpers and dressage, Mari’s passion is eventing and she has competed through the International one-star level.

Compass Sport Horses offers Dressage, Cross-Country and Jumping lessons from beginner, through Training level Eventing and competes in Horse Trials throughout the Pacific Northwest and is located at the beautiful Sherwood Stables, only 25 minutes from downtown Portland, OR. Our aim is to give our students solid, classical basics before they decide in which direction they wish to take their riding.

Mari is is a United States Eventing Association Level I - Training Certified Instructor.

 

Koby Robson

Aberdeen, North Carolina

   Koby Robson

Koby Robson was practically born on a horse, learning to ride at age 3. Her early introduction was bareback on some very naughty ponies which in addition to excellent balance, taught her to fall off gracefully. Koby had the opportunity to ride increasing better horses as the years went on as her natural talent and ability were recognized. Clients starting bringing her horses to show when she was only 13 years old.

Her show career started with Western Pleasure, and progressed through just about every other discipline, before being bitten by the dressage bug. For the past 16 years, Koby has specialized in dressage, earning her Bronze, Silver, Gold Medals as well as her Silver Freestyle Bar on self trained horses. She works with all types and breeds of horses, from Warmbloods to Baroque types to off the track thoroughbreds. In addition to “regular” dressage students, Koby assists many eventers with their dressage through Advanced. Koby has also completed advanced training for Western Dressage and is in their judges program.

Koby is an L graduate with Distinction and plans to pursue her “r” license with USEF. Koby has won numerous HOY awards and Regional titles. She has competed internationally though Intermediare I and has an exciting young prospect pointed at Grand Prix.

 

Linnea Throckmorten

Fort Collins, Colorado

   Linnea Throckmorten

Linnea Throckmorton is a young professional at the Four Winds with international experience. She has been riding all of her life and has shown extensively. Having recently taken over the business, she follows in the footsteps of her father, Charles Throckmorton.

In her training, she has a classical approach to improving the horse's mind, body, and spirit. It is her belief that patience and consistency are key to any successful partnership. Every well-developed horse, regardless of level, has a solid foundation in groundwork. These principles, which guide her training, were reinforced by the time she spent in Germany.

Her philosophy in teaching is that each rider should gain the experience and knowledge to be successful on their own and she is capable of developing all levels of riders, from walk/trot to Grand Prix. Whether her riders are competing with school horses or their own, they have been very successful in the show ring. In and out of the arena, Linnea brings enthusiasm and professionalism to every lesson.

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