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.
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 for trail riding. She was given the opportunity to give lessons to young children and share her love of horses with them. Sherah has also trailered horses to many places and experienced overnight camping with her horses at national parks. Riding to the lake and swimming with the horses in the summer is one of her favorite things to do!
Sherah also worked at a leather shop for three years making custom bitless bridles, bareback pads, conchoes, and other leather products to benefit the comfort of the horse and rider. She had the opportunity to ride her horse at the Minnesota horse expo to advertise the leather shop products. She also has some experience with Pasture Paradise and in barefoot trimming.
Sherah is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, working on her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with an Equine Management Emphasis. She hopes to gain more experience training horses, along with working with children and helping them connect with horses here at KJ Equestrian.
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 looks forward to learning more about riding and training and sharing that knowledge through instructing!
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 then pursue a residency to become Board Certified in Equine/Large Animal Surgery.
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'.