Nicole Brickner (Owner/Head Trainer)
I have been working with, training, and showing horses from an early age, I first got involved in horses at age 11 and the rest, as they say, is history. I have a passion for wanting to enhance animals lives by our presence in their world. I try to achieve this through mutual respect, trust, consistency, and compassion.
I furthered my experience by attending UW River Falls and graduating with high honors, earning my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an equine emphasis and a business option. Taking courses that increased my overall knowledge of the horse, how to work with horses and people in a positive approach, valuable experience in starting horses and under saddle to finishing them for the show pen. I was a member of and competed on the UWRF IHSA western and huntseat team. I completed an internship the summer between my sophomore and junior year with Larry Kasten, who at the time was head of the equine department at UWRF, at Kasten Reining horses where I continued to learn how to properly and successfully start horses under saddle and gained further experience working with green and finished reining horses.
I have been training horses and giving riding instruction professionally since I graduated from UWRF in 2001. I specialize in:
- Starting horses under saddle, without using harsh methods or harsh equipment
- Evaluating, diagnosing, and correcting behavioral problems, with a very high success rate (please see my testimonials page)
- Finishing horses for the recreational rider or for the show pen, class A and 4-H/open shows
- I am also highly experienced and successful in training for trail riding, showmanship, huntseat pleasure and equitation, western pleasure and horsemanship, trail class, hunter hack,and much more….
I have coached many horse/combos to state championships, high point awards, year end awards, and to becoming an overall successful team that is just as relaxed and quiet on the trail as in the show pen. I have also coached the Neenah Equestrian team for the past 3 years, qualifying for state every year, and this year bringing home the division A reserve championship!
Give me a call and we can talk about how I can apply my skills, experience, and knowledge to helping you, your child, and/or your horse!!!
Carson Meyer-Kraus (Assistant Trainer)
Hi everyone, my name is Carson Meyer-Kraus. I was born and raised in Appleton, WI. My love of horses started at a young age, I began taking riding lessons at the age of nine, and had my own horse by the time I was thirteen. As I grew up, I knew horses were more than just a hobby so following my passion, I attended the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. While there I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an Equine Business Emphasis. In addition to classroom learning, I was a rider on the UW-River Falls IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. I rode for UWRF all four years, becoming a captain my senior year. Since graduation I have continued to ride and teach lessons. I also took an internship with Purina Animal Nutrition. My primary focus during the internship was equine nutrition.
I currently am the lucky owner of two Norwegian Fjord horses and a Quarter Horse. My primary riding areas of interest are hunter/jumper, and dressage, but I also ride western and do some pleasure driving. I love helping people of all ages reach their goals with their horse. My goal as horsewoman is to help riders strengthen the partnership between themselves and their horse. I love to see people ride with confidence, and truly enjoy their equine partner.