While at Camp Minikani, Brooke focused on 3-Day Eventing. She competed up to the novice level, showing all around SE Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Although she hasn’t competed in Eventing for a few years now, she has a passion for showing and hopes to be back competing someday soon! Brooke also has experience in Western and English pleasure and has shown in open shows, as well. Brooke's favorite part about teaching is when she sees the faces of her students after they have had a good ride or after all the elements they have been working on finally come together.
Brooke is currently attending University of Wisconsin River Falls, majoring in Animal Science with an Equine Management Emphasis. She is also a member of the UWRF IHSA Hunt team.
Alaina’s dedication and desire to work with horses aided her in acquiring her first job as a stable hand at Barry Ridge Equestrian Center in Germantown, WI. From there, she was given the opportunity to train. These experiences inspired her to pursue the field of training. In 2015, Alaina completed an internship at Oceans of Fun in Milwaukee, WI. Here, she furthered her knowledge of animal care, training, and also discovered her love of educating. Her favorite moments of her internship included working with children’s camps and observing training sessions. She joined the KJ Equestrian team in the fall of 2015.
Currently, Alaina is a student at UW-River Falls majoring in Biology. She is also an active member of the IHSA Hunt Seat show team and the UWRF Horseman’s Association. She recently joined the National Guard and will be completing training January - May 2018, after which she will return to finish school and resume teaching and training for KJ Equestrian!
Kelsey's passion for horses began with a trail ride at 5 years old - she has been riding ever since. Through several lesson programs in the Twin Cities area, Kelsey received high quality instruction in a variety of disciplines. She was given opportunities to assist in training horses early on, fueling her desire to gain the experience that she relies on today. After years of taking lessons herself, Kelsey discovered she had a gift for passing her knowledge and skills on to students. Training and teaching since 2007, she especially enjoys the moments when student and horse 'click'.
SherahLynn started riding when she was 9 years old. She started leasing her first horse at Atkins' farm. It was here she learned how to train horses. She was also given the opportunity to give lessons to young children and share her love of horses with them. Sherah has trailered horses to many places and experienced overnight camping with her horses at state parks. Riding to the lake and swimming with the horses in the summer is one of her favorite things to do!
Even at a young age, Kelsey held a variety of leadership positions in the equine industry and was invited to act as a clinician for a number of programs and organizations. She was highly involved in 4H for 10+ years, acting as a clinician and board member for the county Horse Project even before graduating from 4H herself after 10 years as a member. She spent her teenage years schooling and competing in a variety of disciplines, continuing to work with as many trainers as possible, and developing a well-rounded knowledge of multiple areas of the equestrian world.
Today, Kelsey primarily competes on the rated Hunter/Jumper circuit. She also attends rated and schooling level shows with clients’ horses and students. Kelsey has an extremely strong background in hunter/jumper and dressage, as well as reining, pleasure, and gymkhana events. She has trained/ridden/shown client's horses in hunter/jumper, pleasure, halter/showmanship, gymkhana, dressage, reining, and trail. Kelsey also has experience with a variety of breeds, including Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Quarter Horses, Arabs, and Miniatures, among many others.
As Kelsey has a firm belief that a rider can always learn more and improve their riding skills and experience, she continues to attend clinics in a variety of disciplines and rides with well-known professionals throughout the area.
Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in May 2013 with an Animal Science Major - Equine Science Emphasis and a Chemistry Minor. She then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017. Kelsey is doing a private practice internship with Stillwater Equine Veterinary Clinic in Stillwater, MN, and will continue her education at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA starting July 2018.
Alicia Church has been riding since she was 2 years old. She grew up horses and started taking lessons when she was 6 years old. She is the oldest of 4 siblings. Her parents Scott and Kathy have always been her biggest fans, and her grandma Ann has been her biggest supporter in that they both share a strong passion for the equine industry. Alicia showed at her county fair, competed in WIHA, and also was a member of her FFA horse judging team where she competed nationally. She also showed through APHA, WPHA, ARHA, and WRHA.
Alicia’s passion is in the hunter/jumper ring; however, she also enjoys and has experience with: western pleasure, English pleasure, reining, and ranch riding. During her free time Alicia enjoys fishing, ice fishing, hunting, bow-fishing, and working on her car and truck.
Alicia is currently persuing a degree in animal and dairy science with an equine emphasis at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.
Kaitlin rode her first horse at the age of two and has loved riding ever since. As a kid, she went to horse camp through Camp St. Croix every week of the summer. She began taking Hunt Seat and jumping lessons when she was nine at Seventh Farm in River Falls, WI. Three years later, she started her showing career in the Hunter/Jumper circuit. She traveled throughout the Midwest working with many professionals who enhanced her knowledge about riding and horse care.
Brooke started riding when she was 8 at Camp Minikani in Hubertus, WI. She began taking year-round lessons and was a volunteer there starting when she was 10, helping with their lessons and summer camps. When she was 16, Brooke began working for the camp doing barn chores, feeding horses, and cleaning stalls. Brooked also worked for 2 summers as a riding instructor, teaching kids of all levels ages 5-17.
Sherah graduated from the University of River Falls with her Bachelor degree in Animal Science, Equine Management Emphasis, in May of 2017. During her time here, she took many riding courses and also took part in the UWRF Colts in Training class.
Sherah is our Lesson Program Coordinator and is the person you will be in contact with when looking to schedule lessons or participate in summer camps. She is known as the "KJE Traveling Office"! Aside from KJE, Sherah also works for a landscaping firm as one of their main coordinators.
Alaina began her journey in the equestrian world at the age of 4, when she began her first Hunt Seat lessons at Hillside Farm in Richfield, WI. Here she fell in love with horses and riding. She continued to fuel her passion by taking lessons throughout her childhood and teenage years. Her desire to learn as much as she could lead her to many trainers, helping her to achieve a solid foundation in multiple disciplines.
Down the road, she met Kelsey and started riding with her. Kelsey gave her the opportunity to advance her teaching career with summer camps and her first clients in the summer of 2017. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the individual come out of their shells once they're in the saddle. Her favorite kind of student is one who is excited and willing to learn.
Kaitlin is currently attending University of Wisconsin River Falls, majoring in Animal Science with an Equine Science emphasis. She is a part of the UWRF IHSA Hunt Team and a member of the National Horseman's Association. When she is not teaching, at IHSA practice or doing homework, she is riding her young mare, Maiya, occasionally accompanied by her Golden Retriever, Holly. Kaitlin always looks forward to teaching her students and is excited to learn from them, too!