Our Staff

Brittany Massey

Trainer

Brittany grew up riding on her parent’s ranch in Northern California and as a teen worked for a local trainer which allowed her to compete on the Arabian Horse Show Association and Arabian Sport Horse circuits at the A, Regional and National level (1996-2000). In 2000 she was hired to start colts and compete young Arabian Sport Horses for a breeding farm in Michigan.  While in Michigan she started young horses for dressage, eventing, endurance, and the Arabian Sport Horse circuit.  In 2002 she was the assistant trainer for Garn Walker of Garn Walker Stables in Auburn, CA, riding and showing horses, starting colts and traveling extensively, preparing horses for competition from A shows to World Finals.  Brittany managed Five Oak Farms hunter/jumper barn in Orangevale, CA from 2004 to 2007 managing daily operations of a competitive 25 horse operation while competing her own horses and sale horses. She maintained a robust beginner lesson program while attending college to pursue her Biology degree. Continuing to compete her own horses, Brittany started BTH Equestrian Enterprises LLC in 2009 and continues to operate BTH as a sport horse training program for all ages of riders and levels of horses.  Her clients have competed extensively throughout the western US with success in USHJA, USEA, and USDF recognized competition as well as year end awards both locally and regionally. Brittany continues her own education through clinics with renown horsemen like Buck Brannaman, James Wofford, and George Morris as well as lessons and educational seminars offered through USEF, SAHJA, and USEA.

Brittany offers lessons for OA boarders and those leasing horses from OA. While simultaneously continuing her education in the field of Social Sciences, Brittany is keeping the competition schedule local and offering an a la carte program for those seeking lessons, training, and help with all aspects of their horsemanship.  Keeping the program small and flexible is the goal, allowing each client to receive one on one attention and ensuring the horses get exactly what they need. From trailer loading to show jumping, the goal of the BTH program is to develop happy, relaxed horses who understand and enjoy their jobs while teaching their riders and handlers how to best communicate through effective aids, proper equitation, and good timing.

Lauren McCullough

Assistant Trainer
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Lauren started with BTH Equestrians volunteering to hack horses and help out a couple of years ago while she was home for the summers from Humbolt State University. Lauren had ridden with fellow trainer Audrie Kerr at Folly Farms and Christine DeVere at Black Bay Equestrian and had many years as a junior showing and working for both barns in the summers helping with summer camps, barn chores and all aspects of horse care. The summer of 2018 Lauren decided to take a sabbatical from her college courses and try a year as a full time working student at BTH Equestrians with the hope of developing her skills to become an assistant trainer. While she plans to complete her schooling, horses are where her heart is. Lauren comes to BTH with a wonderful and calm demeanor, many years of riding green or tough horses has helped to develop a very settled and soft way of riding and the show experience to assist at the rings as needed when we compete. She strives to bring her relaxed attitude to the lessons she teaches and to the horses she rides. She has claimed professional status with the USHJA and wants to work toward her USHJA Trainer Certification in 2019. We look forward to watching her develop in her riding career!

Christine Devere

Rider and Coach
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Born in Los Angeles, Chris was first exposed to riding when her family moved to the Sacramento area at age 8. She quickly developed what would become a lifelong passion for horses while visiting her grandparent´s home where she began regularly riding the pony they kept on their property and began taking lessons.
At the age of 12 she was given her first horse, an Anglo-Arab mare named Gypsy. Her riding progressed and it was on this horse that Chris was introduced to the hunter/jumper discipline, which became her focus.

When she turned 14, Chris bought a Thoroughbred mare off the track and began working at a breeding and training farm in exchange for lessons. During that time, she discovered a passion for working with young or green horses and began riding with trainer Jeri Lou Paul in Orangevale where she spent 5 years sucessfully competing in the jumper and equitation rings on a number of horses.

After marrying her husband Christopher in 2005, Chris took a break from from the show circuit and devoted her time exclusively to working with young and green project horses. Within a year Chris began riding as a working student at Los Lagos Equestrian, gaining experience in training and selling how horses. When the opportunity to work for Hunterville Stables trainer Patty Ball arose, Chris accepted a position as barn manager and spent the next 3 years at Hunterville competing in equitation and medals.

She rode the horses in training and began teaching lessons while Patty was away at shows. Chris has also had the benefit of riding in multiple clinics with USA Equestrian coach George Morris, Julie Winkel, Karen Healey, and Will Simpson. She continues to expand her knowledge by riding regularly with Macella O’Neill and Bernie Traurig several times a year. Chris currently teaches at least once a week at BTH Equestrians and schools the bigger jumpers at home and at clinics.  She also covers jumping lessons when Brittany is away showing or on vacation. Her extensive experience in the jumper ring compliments the hunter and equitation experience Brittany enjoys and has accrued to create and enhance a well rounded program. This teaming up of skill sets has been wonderful and continues to improve the experience of BTH riders!

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Becca Veir
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Becca’s love for horses began as a child and developed into a passion around age 10 when she began to get real horse experience by volunteering at a local animal rescue. A few years later she began riding lessons and competed in local hunter/ jumper schooling shows. Becca got her current horse in January 2018 and moved her mare to Opportunity Acres in October, where she is now a part time working student to help pay for her lessons and her horses training. Becca has also been a working student at past barns and has experience feeding and managing the care of horses as well as everyday chores that need to be done around the barn to keep all the animals healthy and happy! She has worked as a camp counselor at a children’s summer horseback riding camp multiple years in a row where she helped educate kids about the basic care of horses as well as safety when working with and riding horses. Along with her work at the barn Becca is also a full time college student and works as a hostess at a local restaurant. She is currently working towards her goal of successfully showing her mare in the jumpers next season.

Opportunity Acres
7315 S. Shingle Rd
Shingle Springs, CA 95628