The Best in San Diego
Our trainers are lifelong enthusiasts and accomplished riders. Learn about our trainers by reading their bios below, then reach out to them on social media, via e-mail, or phone to learn more about how they can work with you to develop your skills.
Kelly has been in the horse business literally her whole life! She started with pony rides at the age of two and was in the show ring on her first pony, Sugar N Spice (aka Taffy) by the age of four. At six years old she had her first show pony, Liseter Gamecock and shortly thereafter started catch-riding some of the nicest ponies in the Northeast.
Kelly moved through the ranks as a junior and equitation rider, and has had the opportunity to ride with several well-known and respected trainers. By far her biggest influence in riding came from her late mother, Lois Tighe, who taught her that patience and teaching the horse and rider the correct way from the ground up builds a solid foundation. It is that foundation and the relationship with the horse that will make you a happy and successful horseman.
As a professional in San Diego, her students have enjoyed a great deal of success both in and out of the horse show arena. Her clients have numerous wins at various horse show levels throughout Southern California. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for GSDHJA.
Education: BA, Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MBA, Webster University
Greg grew up riding in France, and began his U.S. riding career in Seattle, WA. He has worked for several trainers throughout the West Coast while refining his skills with young and developing horses and as an instructor. Greg teaches the American Forward Riding system and is a loyal follower of longtime USET jumping chef d’equipe George Morris. With horses, that translates to a big emphasis on flat work. “When you do your homework on the flat, then your horse is learning pretty quickly over the jumps,” Greg explains. Horses in his program are trained to be very sensitive to leg and rein aids. “I teach a horse to be forward first and soft in the mouth. I want him to be responsive to my leg and to not fight my hand. It’s pretty simple.” He has also completed the United States Hunter Jumper Assn. Trainer Certificate Program.
With his patient riding and teaching style, he's a welcome asset to the FLW team and Seabreeze Farms!
Specializing in young children and tiny tots. This is a program based on English riding and general horsemanship. Children will learn how to ride and care for their horse, how to tack up and care for the tack. They will learn how to lead, steer, stop, trot, and canter. Most of all they will have fun while learning all about horses and how to safely ride them.
Teri's passion in life has always been working with horses. She started owning and training horses at the age of nine. She has ridden multiple disciplines throughout the years due to her father being transferred around the world in his military career. These disciplines include western pleasure, gymkhana events, hunter jumpers and eventing. Now she specializes in the sport of dressage.
For over 30 years Teri has managed her own business and barn, teaching lessons, training, and selling horses. She has bred and raised several of her own show prospects.
Teri has shown several young horses successfully in the USEF Young Horse program and has been invited to participate in the Young Horse Training sessions. Teri continues to fine tune her own education and to keep her standards high. She has personally trained with many of the top professionals in the dressage field, including Klaus Balkenhol, Steffen Peters, Christine Traurig, Kathleen Raine, Debbie McDonald, Shirley Rector, Gina Smith and Leslie Reed.
Teri has been on the Developing Riders list and has participated at Gladstone at the Intermediare 1 Championships. She has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. She has won numerous USDF and USEF awards. She is currently enjoying training several young horses to bring up the ranks. She has also been coaching young riders to compete successfully at the NAJRYC and Gladstone Festival of the Horse.
Nick Onoda is an FEI trainer and competitor with over 15 years of experience and an emphasis on the classical system of dressage. He has competed on multiple horses through the lower and FEI levels, in young horse classes in both the United States and Germany, as well as in Elite Breeding Qualifiers in Muenster, Germany.
He was head rider to Stefan Wolff for six years, two of which were in Germany at the Westfälische Reit-und Fahrschule, one of the leading training centers in Europe that preserve classical dressage. While in Europe Nick gave clinics on sports psychology and classical riding in Norway and Germany.
“When training my focus is on communication, I believe a rider must first understand what they are trying to achieve and the exact means by which it is attained. I do not believe in 'just making it happen' by whatever means necessary. By being more process focused, students work within a clear structure and this reduces their stress. They develop an understanding for the language of riding which produces results they can recreate at will, creating confident independent riders. Teaching riders in this way and training horses in accordance with their nature and physiology makes dressage what it should be- beautiful and fun!”
As a young girl, she started working at this very farm when it was a breeding facility owned by Harry and Helen Polenitza. Working at a breeding farm gave her a lot of experience in training and riding many young horses.
She started her own business 25 years ago, and has ridden with the very well-known German trainer, Dietrich Von Hopf Gartner. She has also worked for, and trained with Gunter Seidel.
Janet Peters is an FEI bronze and silver medalist. She has brought many horses and riders up through the levels over a 25-year period. Janet believes in teaching the correct basics with patience are the foundation for working with horses and riders. As a trainer, giving confidence to both horse and rider is very important to her. She is very dedicated to her students and the horses under her care.
In training with Janet Peters at Seabreeze Farms in Del Mar/Carmel Valley. Imported 11 yr Holsteiner Gelding Doing first level work and schooling 2nd. Looking for intermediate rider.