Our Trainers

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Arriba Vista trainers offer lessons covering a broad spectrum of horsemanship disciplines. For more information, please contact trainers directly at the numbers provided below.

For those who are interested in training, one of our highly dedicated, in-barn trainers is sure to meet your needs! Our trainers offer everything from basic horsemanship to the highest level of dressage and western riding techniques. With multiple indoor and outdoor arenas, featuring mirrors, a regulation size dressage court, stadium jump arena, cross country courses and hundreds of acres of trails, you’ll never be at a loss for space to train, roam or improve your skills or work your horse.

As a high level equestrian facility, we offer comprehensive services for riders and horses of all levels and disciplines. Schedule a tour and find out why Arriba Vista Ranch is the right choice for you.


Lin Wool - Trainer at Arriba Vista Ranch

Lin Wool, 408-655-2315
Training and Riding Instruction

  • Disciplines taught: Dressage, Cowboy Dressage, Trail Trials, Western Riding, Western Pleasure, Western Trail Riding
  • Lesson Types:Our instructors teach individual or group lessons.
  • Lesson Horses Available:We have lesson horses for beginners through advanced riders.
  • Lesson Rates:Lesson rates range from $55 and up.
  • Age Range of Students:We teach children and adults of all ages – beginners through advanced riders.
  • Special Programs: We offer riding camps as follows: Spring Break week long day camp, Five Summer week long day camps, Winter Break week long day camp and Five Hour – One Day Intense Learning Camp
  • Accepting new clients?  We are accepting new clients

Lin has trained and shown horses in both Western and Dressage for over 25 years. One of Lin’s specialties is building confidence in horses and students. She offers training for your horse and/or lessons on your horse or on one of her school horses. Whatever your needs, Lin will set up a program for you and your horse in order to accomplish your goal. Lin currently shows Dressage on both her own horse and clients horses. Over the years, Lin has been active in many clinics, having the opportunity to ride under great instructors such as Jane Weatherwax, Creeky Routson, Gerhard Politz, Betsy Steiner, Conrad Schumacher and Steffen Peters.

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Angela Ridgway, 925-895-2377
Dressage Training and Instruction

  • Disciplines taught: Dressage and Western Dressage
  • Lesson Types: Private and Semi-private lessons
  • Lesson Horses Available: None at this time.
  • Lesson Rates:One lesson per week is $80.00 then charges are on a sliding scale
  • Age Range of Students:Students 13 and up
  • Accepting new clients? Accepting new clients

Angela has been teaching and training since 1990. She is a successful competitor from Training through FEI levels. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist as well as a USDF Certified Instructor. None of these achievements are as important to her as the daily joy she takes in “playing” with her horses and clients in training. Angela is offering lessons and training for students of all levels on their own horses. In 2013 Angela won several classes at the Prix St George level, plus High Point FEI Champion at Woodside Summer Dressage and High Point PRE Champion. In addition, Angela was just awarded Top Ten at both the USDF and CDS Championships in the Open Prix St George division.

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Michelle Finney - Arriba Vista Ranch
Michele Finney, 925-580-5056
Western Pleasure

  • Disciplines taught: Western & English pleasure, Equitation, Trail, Showmanship, Halter, Hunters, Hunter hack
  • Lesson Types: Private and Group lessons
  • Lesson Horses Available:None at this time.
  • Lesson Rates: Please contact Michele for rates
  • Age Range of Students:Children and adults
  • Accepting new clients? Accepting new clients

Specializing in Quarter Horses, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail and showmanship. Michele teaches all aspects of training from basics to the finer points of showing. Michele started riding and working at stables in Orinda over 40 years ago where she guided trail rides and gave lessons western and English for about 8 years. She then went to an English riding school where she lived for 9 months, riding hunter/jumpers up to 5 foot courses. Michele then earned a teaching certificate through UC Davis and worked several years for different trainers starting out with working cow horses, reining, and cutting. Before coming to Arriba Vista Ranch, Michele taught and trained horses at Hillcrest Stables for 17 years.

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Annie Phillips Dressage - Arriba Vista Ranch
Annie Phillips, 443-340-9859
Dressage Training and Instruction

  • Disciplines taught: Dressage
  • Lesson Types: Private & Semi-private
  • Lesson Horses Available:None at this time.
  • Lesson Rates: Please contact Annie for more details
  • Age Range of Students:10 and Up
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

Annie is a British Horse Society certified instructor who brings with her a lifetime of experience riding and competing. Annie holds a B.S. degree in equine studies with a specialization in equine training from Delaware Valley University. She has also completed a M.Ed. with a specialization in athletics from Goucher College while managing their equestrian facility and aiding in the development of their equine studies minor. The combination of her formal training, equine management background, and years of practical experience has formed her unique approach as a dressage trainer.

Annie is passionate in developing the building blocks of a harmonious dressage partnership that bring confidence to both horse and rider. She values a detail oriented approach with much compassion and consideration of every horse in her care.

Annie is mentored by Angela Ridgway of Angela Ridgway Dressage and continues her education with Angela daily. Annie also enjoys the opportunity to clinic with Jane Weatherwax and Rachel Saavedra.

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Kris Richardson - Arriba Vista Ranch
Kris Richardson, 408-472-9999
Training and Lessons

  • Disciplines taught: Western Pleasure, Trail, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Riding, and basics for beginning to advanced riders.
  • Lesson Types: Private & Semi-private
  • Lesson Horses Available:None at this time.
  • Lesson Rates: Contact Kris
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

Kris has owned and operated Kris Richardson Performance Horses for over 30 years, and has been involved in the horse show business since the 1980’s. She has competed at the AQHA World Championship Show, and at national and local level quarter horse shows and open shows. Her career includes many championship titles for herself and her customers. Kris believes it is important to match horse and rider compatibility, and especially enjoys working with horses and riders together to help them build trust in each other and become an accomplished, confident team.

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Luis-Miguel Ospina - Arriba Vista Ranch
Luis-Miguel Ospina, 831-262-6701
Training and Lessons

  • Disciplines taught: Jumping
  • Lesson Types: Private & Semi-private
  • Lesson Horses Available:Yes
  • Lesson Rates: Contact Luis-Miguel
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

We are a fourth generation horse enthusiastic family offering sport-horses breeding programs, training, lessons and advice.Originally from Colombia, South America, we are a fourth generation horse enthusiastic family now located in Northern California. We offer sport-horses (jumper/hunter/eventing/dressage,breeding programs, training and advice to find your next horse to succeed in the equestrian world. The Ospina family has enjoyed the art of horsemanship for over three decades and now offer the best of the Sport Horse to you. Ospina’s Sport Horses represents a lifelong passion for the equestrian sport expressed in well bred horses with solid training that will take you to the next level. The majority of horses that are part of our team have been bred by us or they’ve been picked to be part based on their unique athletic talents and kind personalities

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