Our Team
Calli Pope, Calli's Equestrian Center

Calli Pope

Founder/Owner

Head Instructor

Head Trainer

Calli's love for horses started at a young age. She never turned down an opportunity to work and learn. Because of this, Calli has trained with a diverse variety of equine professionals, giving her a well rounded education.

 

Calli has trained and competed successfully in Western Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter/Jumpers, Barrels, Pole Bending, Working Equitation, Dressage, and so much more.

 

Calli's other areas of expertise include mustang/feral horse training, colt starting, saddle starting, trailer loading, lameness rehab, equine psychology, nutrition, massage, and problem horses.

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Calli's Equestrian Center Cookie the Pig

Cookie

Facility Mascot

Salad and Balad Connoisseur

Insta Famous

Cookie was an orphan piglet that Calli took under her wing. Due to her sweet personality, she quickly became the barn mascot.

 

Her favorite things include belly rubs and tomatoes. Oh, and don't forget the zucchini, lettuce, and blueberries! This piggy loves her fruits and veggies!

 

Keep an eye out for Cookie as you walk through the barn. She has her own special stall with a pool and lots of toys! Sometimes you might be lucky enough to see her running around and playing, or you might find her jamming out to some music!

Cookie loves when people come say hi! And don't forget to follow her on instagram!

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Wishes the Donkey

Wishes

Greeter

Treat Patrol

Scratch-Collector

Wishes is our cuddle-loving donkey. She roams the property, collecting taxes from all the visitors in the form of scratches and peppermints.

You may hear Wishes braying as she makes her rounds of the property, letting us know that we are two minutes late to feed or that someone forgot to leave the hay-barn door open for her.

 

You may find Wishes sleeping in the shade under a tree, peacefully watching over her domain. She may come check on you at the cross ties, just to make sure that you have all your tack on properly. And sometimes at night, Wishes visits the arena, just to make sure the sand is up to her donkey-napping standards.

Elise Kirk

Elise Kirk

Assistant Barn Manager

Instructor

Barn Photographer

Web Developer

Elise is an aspiring rider and horse trainer. She has extensive experience in the competitive hunter/jumper world, as well as the local eventing circuit. 

Elise took her first lesson when she was five, and started competing at the age of twelve. She bought and trained an OTTB named Roman, who Elise is now successfully jumping over 3ft. 

 

Elise has taught lessons and helped run summer camps since 2015. Her main area of training expertise is intro to jumping, and beginner courses.

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Kara Benson

Kara Benson

Receptionist

Instructor

Barn Photographer

Training Assistant

Kara is an experienced horse trainer, with years of expertise in feral horse starting. This includes groundwork, desensitization, riding prep, and much more.

 

Kara is working with Calli to hone her craft of horse training, and plans to run her own training program in the future.

Kara owns and trains a free branded Mustang named Cuervo from the 2015 Kiger HMA roundup in Oregon. 

Kara has experience with dressage and western riding. She is especially talented with beginner riders, teaching them about horse behavior along the way.

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HANNAH RIVET

Instructor

Training Assistant

Barn Hand

Hannah is a gifted rider and seasoned teacher. Her experience varies from ground work to bareback, jumping, western riding, and even cart driving.

Hannah can usually be found riding and jumping bareback or working with Calli to sharpen her skills as an instructor. 

Hannah has taught lessons and summer camps since 2016. She is one of our best helpers around the barn and is quite talented at rehab, helping Calli to strength Bug after she recovered from cancer.

Hannah's mainly teaches beginners, as she is gifted in providing a strong foundation for young riders.

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ALAINA SCHER

Instructor

Training Assistant

Barn Hand

Alaina is an adept instructor and horse trainer.  She has years of experience teaching and starting young horses under saddle.

Alaina began teaching at ROCK, a local hippotheraphy center. Additionally, Alaina helped organize and lead summer camps. 

Alaina has worked at various and diverse barns which specialized in dressage, hunters/jumpers, and starting young horses in the western natural horsemanship influence.

Alaina is especially talented working with helping beginners create a lasting bond with the horse. 

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