Meet the CRE Team


Owners / Instructors / Trainers

Edward Prechter

Edward Prechter, Owner of Grass Valley, CA. CRE Facility

Edward Prechter started Cedar Ridge Morgans in the early 90s. He developed Cedar Ridge Morgans with the vision of breeding top quality, competitive Morgan show horses, as a small family side business outside of his career as a general dentist of more than forty years. Beyond the horse show arena, Dr. Prechter enjoys taking his horses out on the trails for recreation and hunting/fishing/pack trips. In last few years, he has downsized his Grass Valley, CA facility, but still enjoys all aspects of owning horses. He is very excited about CRE’s latest addition, a 2017 Morgan stud colt sired by EBP Electric Storm and EBP Beverly’s Promise. This pedigree cross was one of Edward’s ultimate goals to accomplish in his Morgan breeding program. Ed and his wife Vickie, also assist with CRE summer camp programs and events. They look forward to seeing you all this summer!


Amy Prechter

Amy Prechter, Owner of Bozeman, MT. CRE facility/Trainer/Instructor

Amy has had a passion for horses all her life and considers herself extremely fortunate to have found a way to make them a part of her everyday life. She grew up in Grass Valley, CA on a small horse ranch owned by her family. Growing up, she spent every spare moment she had in the saddle, often competing in youth divisions for Pony Club and Morgan horse sanctioned breed shows. Throughout her youth, she competed in a variety of disciplines, including hunter seat equitation, pleasure events, western pleasure, pleasure driving, halter and showmanship, dressage and western dressage events.

When not riding, Amy spent countless hours at not only her barn, but the barns of other local trainers assisting with horse maintenance and care. She spent many hours observing and studying these trainers and their horses. Additionally, Amy sought out lessons and clinics offered by a variety of notable horse trainers/instructors, including Eitan Beth-Halachmy (founder of Cowboy Dressage), Claus Bergener, Sharon Camarillo, Speed Williams and Clay O’Brien Cooper.

In high school, Amy continued to compete with Morgans at regional, national and world championship levels of competition. She also took up an interest in barrel racing/high school rodeo events. This is when she met Susan Van Galder, one of the lead instructors at CRE. Sue mentored Amy over the years and even introduced her to one of her best horses, Surfer. Surfer is an athletic, correct AQHA stallion known as ‘Wata Newsy Count.’ Amy owned and competed on Surfer for several years until his passing in 2009. His spirit lives on in many of his offspring that she still works with on a daily basis.

Amy moved to Bozeman, MT in the summer of 2009 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Montana State University. She loved the university and community so much that she stayed and finished a second bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education. Then, she moved right into a Master’s of Science in Agriculture Education and completed a college teaching certificate. After graduating in 2014, Amy purchased her current facility and began building her lifelong dream of her very own equestrian operation. Throughout the years she has assisted with local community events and organizations, she currently is the leader of the local Gallatin Gallopers 4H Horseless Horse Club. She has also maintained her certification as an Equine Specialist in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. In addition to running her business and instructing her students, Amy is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Education at Montana State University. She is also active in promoting the discipline of Cowboy Dressage and is currently the ambassador of Cowboy Dressage in Montana and is working on completing the requirements to become a CD Level1 Clinician. In the fall of 2018, Amy competed on her Morgan gelding, Holiday's Hijo De Oro at the Cowboy Dressage World Finals and finished 10th in the CD Top Hand Competition. After hosting summer camps and year-round riding lessons for over 15 years now, Amy is happy to say she is living that dream.

Guest Instructors / Trainers

Susan Van Galder

Susan Van Galder, Instructor/Trainer

Susan Van Galder of Kissing S Enterprises, has expressed a love of horses for as long as she can remember. She started riding in an English saddle at the age of 6, in Germany, under a German riding professor, learning English horsemanship and jumping. It wasn’t until moving back to the States three years later that Sue was introduced to the western style of riding. Through 4-H and private lessons over the next decade, she learned Western, English, driving under harness, and timed gymkhana events. Sue competed at these disciplines at local and state levels, winning many awards.

Sue was given her first horse at the age of 14 by her grandfather, and by the age of 16, she took particular interest in the sport of Rodeo, mainly barrel racing and roping. Sue competed in Jr. Rodeo, College Rodeo, International Professional Rodeo (being ranked #11 in the nation in barrel racing) and earned her Woman’s Professional Rodeo Association card in 1985. She continues to compete in barrel racing and is a member of the National Barrel Horse Association, where she recently won several state year-end awards in both the open and senior divisions. Sue has also trained and competed on futurity horses. She is currently staying active by competing in divisional pay-off jackpots both in Arizona over the winter and in Montana during the summer.

Sue’s official training of horses started in 1983 when she started race horses prior to them going to the track. This evolved into breaking horses for all disciplines and eventually specializing in the training of barrel racing horses. During the past 35 years, Sue has attended clinics from many of the top named barrel racers, including Lynn MacKenzie, Jerri Mann, Gail Tyson, Sharon Camarillo, Ed Wright, Judy Myllymaki, Charmayne James and Sharin Hall. Horses she trained have successfully competed in all levels of competition, including roping, barrel racing, western riding and dressage. Sue has since retired from training outside horses but continues to train her own youngsters.

Equine instruction has been a major part of her career for the past 35 years. Sue enjoys teaching anything to do with horses and has developed and organized step-by-step instruction. This approach develops consistency and confidence in students and is especially effective for week long camps, schools, and long-term students. During the highlight of her instruction, Sue provided up to 150 lessons per week, ranging from western horsemanship to specific event emphasis. Sue has been associated with Ms. Amy Perry for over 16 years, first serving as a mentor for Amy as a barrel racing student in high school. Later, Amy and Sue’s relationship evolved as they became business associates with CRE. It continues to be Sue’s pleasure to help Amy with the instruction of summer camps and lessons at CRE.


Jose Mendoza Horse Trainer

Jose Mendoza, Instructor/Trainer

Jose has had a lifetime involvement around horses. He began working in Morgan show barns in 1994 and then branched out on his own training horses in 2000. His expertise and experience includes training and showing horses for a variety of disciplines stemming from hunt seat, western pleasure, western dressage, halter and driving events to trail riding, starting young horses and working with problem horses. In his spare time, he enjoys competing and training horses for dancing in parades. He has many successes and championship titles aboard our Morgan stallion, EBP Electric Storm. Jose currently trains, teaches lessons and assists with our summer camp programming at our CRE facility in Grass Valley, CA.


Linda Scholtz Trick Riding

Linda Scholtz, Instructor/Trainer

Linda Scholtz from Pueblo Colorado will be offering Trick Riding clinics at Cedar Ridge Equine.

Linda has been featured in both the Western Horseman and America’s Horse magazines. She has performed across the US at such rodeos as : Madison Square Gardens in NYC; The American Royal in Kansas City; Prescott Frontier Days in AZ; Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, CO; Oklahoma State Fair; Montana State Fair; South Dakota State Fair; Ohio State Fair; Kansas State Fair; Pendleton, OR; Ellensburg, WA; Salt Lake City; Ft. Worth; Denver; Morris, Manitoba; Dodge City; Pikes Peak or Bust, in Colorado Springs, CO; El Paso, TX; Ft Smith, AR;. She has also performed at other venues such as the Belmont Stakes Horse Fair in NYC; Presidential command performance in Washington DC; Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC; and twice at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

As a PRCA Gold Card member, Linda has been in Pro Rodeo since 1980. She rode for 14 years with PRCA Trickrider and Roman Rider Vickie Tyer, with the All American Trickriders, carrying the largest flag in the world ever carried horseback. It measured 10 ft tall and 20 ft long.

She learned the art of trickriding from former PRCA trickrider Karen Womack Vold, wife of PRCA stock contractor Harry Vold. Karen and Linda now teach trickriding schools together at the Vold Ranch in Colorado, every March and April for the last 31 years.

In addition to her trick riding clinics, Linda ministers at rodeos and cowboy church services through music and speaking. Linda’s performing spirit lends itself heartily to her talents of playing both the piano and guitar and singing. Linda also travels to some Rodeo Bible Camps and ladies retreats across the country.

"I feel trickriding has been a God given talent, that I could use to entertain people. It has been a truly rewarding challenge. Knowing I have given just one child or adult enjoyment for eight minutes – well – it makes it easy for me to smile!"


Jenni Grimmett Horse Instructor

Dr. Jenni Grimmett DVM, Instructor

Level 3 Certified Cowboy Dressage Clinician

www.LuckyDuckRanch.com

Jenni is a life long horse lover and has had Morgans since the age of 8. Jenni spent her childhood riding her Morgans in 4-H in all the available disciplines including western, saddle seat, hunt seat and the gaming events. As she focused her life and education towards becoming a veterinarian, horses remained a very strong part of her life, though obviously taking a backseat to a busy school schedule and then the rigors of starting to build a solo equine practice.

Jenni found herself back in North Idaho building a practice with the Morgan she had shown all those years in 4-H still by her side. As that horse finally began to age and Jenni looked toward a second horse, she realized that perhaps the skills that she had thought she had mastered as a young girl were really the result of having one very amazing horse for so many years. With the new Morgan Jenni struggled to find the connection and build the skills that she had previously taken for granted. She turned to Natural horsemanship and immersed herself in learning as much as she could realizing that concentrated training time would always be the essential element she was missing.

Eventually her pursuit of better horsemanship and the keys to figuring out her Morgan gelding led her to ride with Eitan Beth Halachmy in 2011. Jenni believes that her journey to softness and elevated riding really took place in April of 2011 when riding with Eitan for the first time. She was immediately hooked and hungry for all the wisdom Eitan could impart. Finally, she had found the style of horsemanship and connection she had been searching for. With a busy solo practice it was difficult to carve out time, but with the addition of a partner in 2014, Jenni was finally able to actively pursue her love of Cowboy Dressage.

Jenni began writing the Cowboy Dressage blog with Eitan in the fall of 2014 then after riding with Eitan in the spring of 2015 was given the go ahead to begin teaching clinics and spreading the love of Cowboy Dressage. Jenni has been traveling and introducing Cowboy Dressage to new areas since May of 2015 and has been to Washington, Montana, South Dakota, New Hampshire and of course, Idaho. Due to her schedule Jenni prefers to teach in a clinic setting and enjoys inspiring folks to start on their Cowboy Dressage journey just like she did in 2011. Jenni and Eitan coauthored the new book released in June of 2018, Dressage, The Cowboy Way.

Jenni and Chico have won multiple open high points throughout the years at Far West, Spokane, and PNW, as well as earning the soft feel buckle and reserve high point in the WJL division at the Final Gathering this year. Her proudest moment to date is winning the Open Freestyle championship this year after 2 years of taking the reserve ribbon home in that event. This year Jenni plans to travel and teach as well as bring along her 5 year old Morgan gelding who will be starting out in the WJ division.


Assistant Instructors / Trainers:

McKenna Anders

McKenna Anders

McKenna Anders is 20 years old, originally from Portland Oregon. She has competed in everything from western pleasure to English equitation to drill team to barrel racing. McKenna was a member of 4H, Oregon High School Equestrian Teams, and currently rides for the Montana State Equestrian Western team. Within all of these programs she has help multiple leadership roles, including the current MSU western captain and had many accomplishments in each program. She recently traveled to Hamburg NY to compete alongside two of her teammates at the collegiate western semi finals. McKenna is a junior studying equine science with an international business minor at Montana State University, which is how she joined the CRE team as an intern this summer. McKenna has chosen to stay on the team and work throughout the year as one of the stable hand instructors.


Emma Borrmann

Emma Borrmann

Being one of Amy’s longest running students and mentees, Emma Borrmann has been associated with CRE for almost 10 years. Emma began as an entry-level student taking weekly lessons and enrolling in numerous CRE summer camps, focusing on racing events, western, and English style riding. Her experience as a Girl Scout for more than 10 years taught her the patience with, and pleasure of working with children and young adults. Due to her dedication and passion for learning and riding, Emma soon became an obvious candidate to assist with equine instruction at CRE. Emma recently took a gap year after graduating high school where she spent time traveling/interning with various horse trainers. She will be attending Montana State University starting in the Fall of 2018. She has an exceptional love of horses and for instructing the people who love them as well.


Megan Greenfield

Megan Greenfield

Megan’s horse journey didn’t start out like most. She was raised in Bozeman MT and although surrounded by people with horses was never given the opportunity to really get involved with the horse community. However her love for the idea of horses was overwhelming so the summer after finishing high school she found a job working as a wrangler and trail guide at a guest ranch in the crazy mountains. Here began her passion and love for the horse, wrangling and training horses on a daily basis and taking out guests to explore the mountains. Shortly after the finish of the season she began working for a Horse Trainer as a stable hand and assistant, a trainer who later became one of the top World Champion Reining Cowhorse Competitors. Next she worked for a cutting horse trainer in Texas helping to train and warm up horses, riding countless young horses and getting them ready for competition in the show ring.

Megan rode for the Bozeman Saddl-ites drill team for a couple years and then she followed her feet overseas, landing in Australia. One of her main goals was to work on a Cattle Station in the outback, but before getting there she worked as a trainer and trailguide in the rainforest and on the beach, helping to teach the basics of horsemanship. This led to her time out on the stations where she was on a team contracted out to muster and process cattle. She spent over a year riding and working with horses and cattle before retreating back to the coast.

Her biggest accomplishment came when she bought and trained her own horse, and later started her own small Horse Riding Business in a small town in Queensland. She had numerous students who developed riding skills that would later help them follow their dreams of horse careers.

During her stay in Australia she also completed her Diploma Of Early Childhood Education and Care and worked as an Early Childhood Educator bringing her love for teaching children to the surface, which molded wonderfully into her instructing.

Family has brought her back to Bozeman where she has now started at Cedar Ridge Equines. She looks forward to continuing to help students build connections and improve their riding skills and horsemanship.


Alex Hill

Alex Hill

Alex took her first horseback riding lesson when she was 6 years old, and has been hooked ever since. She started trick riding with Karen Vold and Linda Scholtz in southern Colorado, and continued trick riding through high school and college. She earned an bachelor’s in Equine Science from Colorado State University in 2009, where she was the reserve grand champion in the Legends of Ranching colt starting competition. After college, she moved to Argentina and worked for Haras San Ignacio and the Argentine Quarter Horse Association starting colts and showing young futurity prospects.

Alex moved to Bozeman in 2011 to start her Master’s in Agricultural Education. She finished her degree in 2013 and decided to take a teaching job in Canon City, CO. She currently lives with her husband Chris and dog Tulip, and continues to train horses and give lessons to high school students. When she’s not riding, she can be found on the ski slopes or boating the Arkansas River.


Camp Assistants:

Larry Lawrence

Larry Lawrence J. Deneen, Ph.D., Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Dr. Deneen completed the Counseling Psychology curriculum from the University of Georgia with emphasis in Rehabilitation of Individuals with Disabilities. He owned and managed a sixty-five acre ranch with an indoor and outdoor arena and a 14 stall barn with up to 50 horses boarded for 25 years in Grass Valley, CA. Along with his daughters, he trained for and competed in barrel racing and gymkhana events. His reputation was “the 4D King” because of the saddles and money he won on his Red Roan horse named Bowdrie and his Bay horse named Scoop. Dr. Deneen (Larry) is part of the Summer staff at Cedar Ridge Equine in Bozeman, MT., assisting with facility management and camps. Larry applies his expertise in Rehabilitation and is a resource for the CRE program. By reputation, Larry is recognized as the Chef and Dishwasher of the Friday ‘Camp Showdeo Cookout.’ He has won praise for his cooking of baked beans and cooking of his select Nathan and Hebrew National Hotdogs. His coveted ingredient is still a mystery.


Cathie Mendenhall

Cathie Mendenhall

Cathie is a California Credentialed Teacher in Nevada County of over 33 years. She has had a love of horses since old enough to say the word horse. She started riding her cousin's horses in Iowa at the age of 5. Cathie purchase her first horse in her college years. During past 18 years she has owned and showed her Morgan horses in halter, equitation, pleasure, and trail competitions. During her retirement years she has spent most of her time competing in trail trials and trail obstacles with her horse, Richwood Magic Man. They have had much success and have taken home many championships. When not in competition Cathie enjoys trail riding and camping with her horse and friends. She enjoys teaching the generation about horses and horse safety. Cathie has assisted at CRE camps for several years with riding, horsemanship, and crafting/journaling sessions at CRE camps.


Mallory Slattery

Mallory Slattery

Mallory moved back to Bozeman last year and is very excited to get back on her horses and begin competing again. Mallory currently owns three horses, a three year old filly and two others which she competes on in barrel racing. In 2015, Mallory graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She worked for CRE as a camp assistant a few years ago and is excited to be back working for CRE in 2018 as our Advertising and Marketing Gal! Mallory enjoys getting CRE connected with others as well as working on the design elements of marketing CRE events and horses. Mallory will be assisting with summer camp registrations as well. She is looking forward to meeting all of you this summer!


Annie Caprio

Annie Caprio

Annie has worked at CRE over the past 7 years and is known for her help with the arts, crafts and journal station of our camps. Annie enjoys teaching crafts and has a passion for working with kids. She also enjoys riding horses on the trail in the great outdoors of Montana. When she is not assisting with our camps she can be found at Montana State University where she teaches courses in the Health and Nutrition Department. Annie obtained her PHD in Human Nutrition at Washington State University and is a registered dietitian.