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Chris Kappler Inc
. is excited to announce the expansion of their training program to accommodate a broader range of horses and riders.  In addition to Chris, Michelle Huizenga is available for training and ship in lessons. We will also be expanding our show schedule to best fit the needs of our clients.  This includes adding shows closer to our home base in New Jersey. Chris Kappler Inc. welcomes Samantha Ramsey to the team.

Michelle Huizenga has worked for Chris Kappler for 6 years. She has been involved with all aspects of the business. She rides and teaches and is in charge of rehabilitation of show horses. Michelle uses a combined method of Natural Horsemanship and the DeNemethy approach to flat work and jumping when working with young and green horses.

Michelle grew up on her mother, Suzy Huizenga's Twin Maples Farm outside of Seattle. Michelle rode, trained and showed ponies throughout her childhood. In her teen years she worked for race horse breeder Vince Hemingson retraining thoroughbreds for new careers as hunters and jumpers. She competed successfully on the horses she trained. She qualified for the East Coast Finals with the help of trainers Barbie Whitworth, Jill Pierce, and Judy Brawley.

Michelle graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a B.A. in English Literature. She competed on the equestrian team with coach JT Tallon and won many championships. After college she worked as assistant trainer to Amy Ylvisaker-Reistrup in Lexington, VA.

Michelle can be reached at (908)782-0126 or (360) 920-6768.

 

 

Samantha Ramsay strongly believes that every rider should compete in the equitation during their junior years, as it teaches a rider balance, discipline, timing, structure, and how to ride the track of a course, as well as providing a great basis that will carry over into the jumper ring. A strong emphasis on the basics will produce winners, as well as building strength and a strong position.

Samantha started riding at the age of 7.  She eventually began showing ponies and competed at the Pony Finals.  She has successfully trained and shown green ponies and horses since the age of 14. Samantha has always been a working student / catch rider which has, in turn, provided her with the opportunity to work and ride with various trainers. Her last student position was with Beacon Hill Show Stables, training under the guidance of Stacia Madden, where she remained for her last two years as a junior.

In 2009, Samantha placed 6th in the George Morris Excellence in Equitation class in Wellington, Florida.  She placed 5th at USEF Talent Search and was in the top 25 at the USEF Medal and Maclay Finals.  In 2010, at the I Love NY Horse Show in Lake Placid, Samantha finished 4th in the Kathy Scholl Equitation Class.  Later in the year, Samantha proudly took on a young horse and finished 9th in the Hunterdon Cup Equitation class in Lexington, Kentucky.  She then finished her year showing at the USEF Talent Search, USEF Medal, Washington Invitational and Maclay finals. Samantha finished her junior years ranked 7th on the Ryegate Equitation National Standings List.

2011 marked the first year of Samantha’s riding career as an Adult.  She continued to work with Stacia Madden throughout the Florida circuit and developed young equitation horses, as well as showing in USEF Talent Search classes. In May, Samantha began working for Chris Kappler Inc., and began showing the sale horses and the young jumpers in the Young Jumper classes. She qualified all of the young jumpers for the Young Jumper Championships at the Hampton Classic.

Samantha’s experiences have provided her with familiarity in the ring, a feel for green and young horses, and a strong sense of personal discipline that is shown clearly on and off the saddle. Samantha can be reached at (561) 441-1620.

 

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