Trainers

Liz Studt Adkins – Hunter / Jumper Trainer

Liz was raised on a working ranch in Western Colorado. For Liz and her family, horses were a part of their daily lives. The Studt kids were responsible for caring for all of their horses. She began riding at the age of 3, and rode just about every type and style. Every summer “Lizzie” and her family trail rode and packed horses up into the high country of the Rocky Mountains.

One day on the way home from school, Liz and her mother noticed some new neighbors moving in down the road and they had horses! Later that afternoon she rode her horse down to introduce herself to Lee and Camary Wynn. They had moved from Oklahoma where they ran a successful Hunter Jumper Training barn. One week later Liz was riding in a hunt seat saddle and learning to jump. She was immediately hooked!

Liz had a tremendous amateur career in the A/O and Grand Prix Jumpers, showing all over the western United States and Canada. Her career highlights included numerous championships and Horse of the Year.

Over the next 40 plus years Liz has continued her love for horses. She has been very fortunate in training with some of the industry’s best teachers. The people that have taught, nurtured and supported her are a list of master horsemen and gifted teachers. She credits Robin Sundeen, Gene Lewis, David O’Conner, Sally O’Conner, Buddy Brown and Ronnie Freeman in guiding her into teaching and developing young horses.

In 1999 Liz started helping several riders and their horses at barns around Tucson. She soon realized that she enjoyed teaching and helping people with their horses. As her reputation grew and her lessons schedule expanded, she realized it was easier to have people come to her, so she opened Dreamtime Stable in 2003. After working out of several Tucson barns, she recognized that she needed a place that fit her philosophy. In March of 2007 she moved her business to Santa Paula Stables. Liz believes that the horse always comes first and continues to work hard at improving her techniques and knowledge.

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Julie Smith – Hunter / Jumper Trainer

Julie Smith grew up in southern California riding and showing horses. Under the instruction of Ronnie Freeman she had an extremely successful junior career. Julie won the prestigious Onondarka Medal Finals and was ‘A’ Pacific Coast Hunt Seat Champion 4 years in a row, before she even turned 15 years old. As a junior competitor, Julie showed not only in California, but all over the United States and Canada. She placed in the top 10 twice in the AHSA National Medal Finals in Harrisburg, PA, on her great mare Periwinkle. Julie received additional instruction from Jimmy Kohn and George Morris. She rode in all of George’s west coast clinics as a junior, and in later years continued to attend with her students.

Julie had her own business in southern California for over 30 years. She was a successful instructor/trainer of hunters, jumpers and equitation. Many of her students were highly competitive, winning numerous medal finals, show, and year end championships. She not only has experience with advanced riders, but also with beginning/intermediate riders, as well as young/green horses. Since moving to Tucson’s east side in 2002, Julie has enjoyed getting back into the business of horses. 

Julie says “One might think having a medal finals winner or a show champion would be the greatest thing ever, and it is pretty great, but there are countless smaller achievements along the way with every horse and every rider, and those are the moments, equally important and equally great, that make this profession so rewarding.”

Nancy Britt – Hunter / Jumper Trainer

Nancy has been riding, showing and teaching for over 20 years across the United States; including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and throughout the Midwest and Mid‐Atlantic states. Her experience in the show ring is broad, and includes everything for the lower entry level classes for the young horses and beginner riders, up through the 1.45 meter division in the jumpers. In 2003 Nancy established Kildare Farm in Ocala, Florida, which initially provided training and sales services for smaller breeders. Nancy provided young horses with successful accomplishments in either the Hunter or Jumper rings, including championships in their respective divisions. Later, Nancy expanded her services to include teaching. Nancy’s students have also had great success with many of them qualifying for local and zone year end awards.

Nancy’s approach to teaching is to focus on assisting riders with developing a close and productive relationship with their horses that produce results. She strongly believes that every horse and rider needs strong fundamentals in form and fitness. Nancy has had the good fortune to have studied and ridden with some of the premier horsemen in this country, including Scott Hoffstetter, Dennis Mitchell, Robert Blanchette, Jan Ebeling, Sarah Martin and Frank Conway.

Nancy says “Riding and teaching are my passion. Being a horseman is more than a sport, it is a way of life. I tell my students that riding is a team sport, unfortunately the team, consisting of horse and trainer, speak different languages. Our goal as horsemen is to bridge that gap and to create union and understanding with the horse.” The love and passion Nancy has for riding and teaching is evident in everything she does.

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Cathy Schreiber – Dressage Trainer

Cathy started riding seriously when she was 10 years old in upstate New York, and began teaching lessons when she was 15. As a Junior rider, she successfully competed in Medal and Maclay, Pony Club, Eventing and Hunter/Jumper shows. After earning a B.A. in Equestrian Science at Lake Erie College and becoming a British Horse Society Certified Instructor (BHSAI), Cathy became more serious about Dressage training. She competed on the Florida/Michigan circuits and attended the Violet Hopkins seminars where she refined her Dressage knowledge.

Cathy moved to Arizona in the early 1990’s, where she established herself as a versatile instructor and trainer. With her quest for continuing education and unparalleled commitment, she helps bring awareness of the horse and rider connection to her students. Cathy instructs all ages and levels of riders and specializes in teaching the basics that improve the rider skills in Dressage and Jumping. She focuses on beginning with correct position and helps the rider understand how to
communicate with their horse, which enhances the horse/rider partnership.

Cathy has a positive approach at teaching and offers extensive equestrian knowledge to her students. She encourages riders to excel by introducing new techniques and mastering fundamentals, while being honest, encouraging, motivating and inspiring. The comfort of the horse is paramount to Cathy and she expects correct and consistent riding from her students to facilitate confidence, progression and ability in both horse and rider.

Cathy’s love of teaching and love of horses is part of who she is and what makes her the best Dressage trainer in Tucson. You will often hear Cathy say, “One of my favorite parts of teaching is watching the horse and rider become aligned and develop a partnership with one another.”