Mary Jane Parmentier
Interscholastic Equestrian Association
Kristin Miller is a USDF Bronze medalist and currently working on her
Silver medal. Her scores are all earned on horses she has trained herself.
Kristin is also enrolled in the USDF L Education Program. She volunteers
her time with our beginner and youth programs. Classical Dressage is the
basis for all aspects of Kristin’s work with riders and horses. Correct
position and training the riding on the lunging are one of the training
aspects in which she specializes. Kristin is detail oriented and has a talent
for clearly explaining in a positive and engaging manner. Kristin also
assists in our offices with bookkeeping.
"Young Horse" Coach
Arizona Hanoverian Young Breeders
Brian Ohnmeiss brings years of equine experience to every relationship.
He provides professional in-hand work to prepare your horse for breed
shows, inspections or keurings. Brian has years of equine experience
creating well rounded horse relationships. He provides professional in-
hand work to ready your horse for breed shows, inspections, and keurings.
Brian also has spent years starting and backing young horses and
currently has openings for new clients. Professional handling, available to
travel to your farm, In-hand training and young horse backing/starting.
Rider/Trainer Young Horse
Jordan Parks specializes in working with both young dressage horses. She
enjoys the whole process - from necessary groundwork to lunging, to
backing, to competing in the show ring. Jordan enjoys the process, and she
has a unique talent for keeping the young horses calm and happy;
explaining the aids to them so that they easily understand. She can get them
on the right path from the very beginning without pressure or force. Jordan
believes in the classical method of dressage and the correct starting of
young horses. Proper handling on the ground, followed by correct lunging,
followed by correct riding, creates a happy horse who understands his/her
job in a relatively short period of time. Jordan works directly with Dorie
Vlatten-Schmitz to improve a horse’s athleticism and training progression.
Beginner and Youth Volunteer
Coach CARA Scout Program
Erika Reyes started riding when she was a seven-year-old. Her first
experience with riding was at a summer camp in New Jersey, from then on
she just fell in love with horses and everything that went with it. She started
with jumping but little by little she shifted to dressage. Erika did five years
at Lisa de Vito’s barn in Walnut Creek, CA. When she moved to Arizona, she
joined CARA where she trained for a couple of years in jumping and since
then, she has been doing dressage which she loves. Erika has always been a
barn rat and still rides every free moment she has. At times she volunteers
to teach camp and children.
Dr. Lindsay Whipple
Dr. Lindsay Whipple, PT. DPT, Doctor of physical therapy and
accomplished equestrian, Lindsay offers specialized treatment and
corrective exercise programs for the human equestrian athlete. As a life
long competitive rider herself, she recognizes the physical demands and
psychological challenges involved in the optimizing rider performance to
best influence the horse’s movement and success regardless of discipline.
As a physical therapist specializing in elite sports and performing arts
rehabilitation, she uses specific evaluation techniques to identify
musculoskeletal imbalances in the body which are addressed using manual
techniques and individualized corrective exercises to overcome injury,
resolve muscular imbalances and strengthen the rider position and aides.
Alysia started riding at age 7, but took a break through her 20's for college,
work, and family. She has worked at every barn she has ever ridden at
because being a daily part of caring for horses and fellow riders means the
world to her. Alysia started with Arabians and OTTBs, switched to low-level
3-day eventing, then spent her junior (13-17) and most of her AA career in
hunter-jumpers. Her favorite thing about horses is figuring out their
personality and how to work with each one individually. Alysia switched to
dressage after her horse and best friend sustained a leg injury that
discouraged a future jumping career. Alysia is interested in how dressage is
teaching him to use his body better and prolong his joint life. All of CARA
horses are lucky to have her as part of their daily lives.
Lexie Schmitz, joins the CARA Team as the Administrative Assistant.
She is a 2019 graduate of Benedictine University at Mesa with a
Batchelor's degree in Communication Arts. Lexie has ridden since the
age of 4 and she enjoys sharing her love of animals with others. She is
committed to making your experience at CARA a positive and