Trainers and Lessons

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Arriba Vista trainers offer horse riding 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 extended riding lessons as follows: Spring Break week long day camp, Five Summer week long day lessons, Winter Break week long day lessons 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, Heather Blitz, 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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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:Yes
  • 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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Kate Schultz Trainer
Kate Schultz, (770)298-0306 
Training, Riding Instruction, & Equine Care

  • Disciplines taught: Dressage, Western Riding, Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing,
    Horsemanship/Liberty
  • Lesson Types: Individual or group
  • Lesson Horses Available: Yes
  • Lesson Rates: Contact Kate
  • Age Range of Students: 8 and up 
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

Having grown up on her family’s horse farm, Kate Schultz has been intimately involved with horses all of
her life and has a wealth of experience in both training and stable management. Kate’s stepfather, an
internationally recognized FEI equine veterinarian, assisted her in acquiring a keen eye for lameness and
medical problems, as well as developing a strong sense of equine awareness and horsemanship. She
enjoys teaching all ages and riders of varying abilities. Kate has competed in eventing, hunter/jumpers,
and dressage since the age of 6. She looks forward to helping all her students reach their goals as
developing equestrians.

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Natalie McMahon trainer
Natalie McMahon, 650-248-9541
Training and Riding Instruction

  • Disciplines taught: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Dressage, Western
  • Lesson Types: Private & Semi-private
  • Lesson Horses Available: Yes
  • Lesson Rates: Contact Natalie
  • Age Range of Students: We take all ages and levels!
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

Natalie McMahon of Leap of Faith Equestrian, brings over 20 combined years experience owning, showing, teaching and training.

She competed extensively on the “AA” circuit as a junior showing in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation under the guidance of Grand Prix rider Romelia Calderon and trainer Hope Davis.
Natalie believes in building strong basics and fundamentals, which riders can take with them throughout their riding careers no matter where that leads them. She also believes in teaching proper all around horsemanship to create well rounded horsemen/women in and out of the saddle with an emphasis on proper care and treatment for the horses.

Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Dressage, and basic Western lessons are available, and all programs for both horse and rider are fully customized to meet their individual goals. Beginners through advanced are welcome, and well trained, versatile school horses are available.

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Madeline Rose Benhamou Horse Trainer
Madeline Rose Benhamou, (925) 314-5402
Training and Riding Instruction

  • Disciplines taught: Ranch Riding, Reining, Dressage
  • Other Services: Colt Starting & Tune-ups
  • Lesson Types: Private & Semi-private
  • Lesson Horses Available:No
  • Lesson Rates: Contact Madeline
  • Age Range of Students:All ages are welcome!
  • Accepting new clients? Yes!

Madeline Rose Performance Horses was created to help horses and their owners achieve their highest potential with an emphasis in Western Performance Riding. Whether riding at home or in the show pen, Madeline dedicates her energy to setting her horses up for success. After showing Reining and Ranch Riding for years, she grew an appreciation for English Dressage principles and believes in a multi-discipline approach. Each horse is viewed as its own individual and training is tailored accordingly. Madeline recognizes that there is no such thing as a bad horse, only bad training, and offers second chances for all horses.

Despite all the titles and trophies, Madeline’s greatest merit is providing her horses and clients with the highest level of care. No horse is ever pushed past its mental or physical limits, and deadlines are never imposed. All horses and clients are guaranteed a strong foundation whether they’re headed for the show pen or the trails.

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