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 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!
Laila has always loved horses and animals in general and is now working towards being in the equine care and veterinary fields! She brings with her knowledge and experience from her current job as a vet tech at LBEMC to our barn. As Laila seeks to expand her equine handling and riding skills she has also acquired her very first horse, Skye, and will be riding with BTH as well.
Please welcome Laila as we are so excited to help her on her equestrian journey and utilize her horse care skills to better optimize our program!
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!