One of the unique features of our barn is the training. We host many clinics of various instructors of different disciplines. We also have onsite trainers that offer a variety of teaching styles. 

You are also welcome to bring your own trainer in for lessons and clinics. Please email Dawn at for details.

Some of the disciplines that are taught here are:
  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Basic Riding for Adults and Children
  • Western
Here is information about our trainers.....

Heather Salden-Kurtz

Heather Salden-Kurtz is a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer, USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, and a USEA Gold Medalist. She has been working out of Cross Creek Stables in Cologne, MN since 1997, beginning as an assistant manager and working student before starting her own training business in 2006. Heather has ridden with many of the world's greatest trainers, including Betsy Steiner, Paul Belasik, Ralph Hill, and Janet Foy, and rides regularly with USEF 'S' judge Bill Solyntjes.

Heather has started many young horses and brought them through the levels of dressage and eventing. She also specializes in "problem" horses, helping them work through their specific issues with a patient and understanding hand. Using classical dressage training, she believes in taking time to develop the trust and harmony between horse and rider, and strives to teach her students to do the same. She has a variety of lesson horses available for lunge seat lessons, dressage, and jumping.

Heather regularly competes at dressage and eventing shows, and has many students who enjoy competing as well. She and her students have won numerous awards at local and regional championships. But most importantly, they always have fun at the shows! Heather's students range in age from 10-70 years old, and she regularly schedules "youth days" for her younger students to get together to learn and have fun.
Heather has served on her area's local GMO, CSDEA, for 3 years and has organized many clinics and schooling shows. Continuing education is important to her, and she strives to bring in fresh new ideas to the area.

To learn more about Heather, visit her website at Heather Salden Training

Lori Neises

Lori Neises owns and operates LJN Equine Services.  She has been in the horse industry for over 20 years, as well as a horse owner since childhood.  Her formal education is a graduate of the Hennepin Technical College Horse Care and Stable Operations, Minnesota School of Horse Shoeing and Blacksmithing, and Supreme Motion Equine Sports Therapy Massage School.  Just as valuable has been her "on the job" training and experience taught by the horses themselves.

She was a practicing farrier for 8 years, Showed/shows Arabian horses at the local, regional and national level in both pleasure classes and Dressage, and continues to do therapy/body work on equine athletes.

She enjoys training horses from their first time under saddle to finishing them, as well as helping their owners to build a better relationship with their horse to achieve their specific goals, from youth riders to adults, and  beginners to more advanced riders. She is currently competing with her own Half Arabian mare in Dressage, and enjoys chasing cattle in team sorting events with her husband's Quarter Horse gelding.

If interested in contacting Lori for lessons or training, please email her at