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.

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!

Zoe Reckas

Barn Manager

When she was young, Zoë’s dad thought he might be able to save some money in the long-term by letting her go to a summer horse camp to get it out of her system. Twenty years later it’s evident that strategy was not successful. She learned to ride hunters and jumpers at Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, competing at small local shows and with her university’s equestrian team. However, her real passion was outside of the show ring, in the daily care and time spent with her horses. With a background in exercise science and massage therapy she is always searching for ways to help her horses live more happily and perform at their best. Zoe is a valued addition to our team and will be fully focused on the daily care, turn out, barn management and the individual needs of each and every horse here at BTH!

Makena Johnson

Groom and 2nd Assistant Trainer

Makena stared riding when she was only 5 years old at Royal Oak Farms in Granite Bay. While her parents thought it was a phase, she continued to take weekly lessons until she was old enough to be a working student a few days a week after school. By the age of 16 she was promoted to assistant trainer and helped teach beginner lessons. From there she was able to gain experience caring for horses as well as developing relationships with clients. Makena soon took on the job of exercising horses at multiple barns. She says, working with so many horses, she became fascinated with the theory of riding and the idea of working with so many breeds and personalities. She started working at BTH Equestrians to hopefully gain more involvement at shows, knowledge of equine care, and experience in the saddle. One day she hopes to be able to ride the upper levels and be able to train young horses and riders.

Additional Coaches/Trainers

Alison Turner and Sara Knudson

Alison Turner and Sara Knudson both compliment BTH with their wonderful coaching, soft riding styles and years of experience on the rated H/J circuit. We are so lucky to have each of these coaches available. Ali fills in when the BTH crew travels to shows and Sara is a weekly presence at the barn supplementing our diverse team of trainers and riders. With so many professionals offering their skills and experience our riders truly benefit from a diverse and capable team who’s strengths compliment and inspire one another!

BTH Equestrians
4252 Mason Ln
Sacramento, CA 95821