Meet the Team

Our team of experienced trainers and staff work hard everyday to ensure that our riders, the horses and the facility are well cared for. Having happy and healthy horses in a high quality facility, that we can share with our riders, is what makes our programs at Leashes & Leads Equine Park successful.

Our team of experienced trainers and staff work hard everyday to ensure that our riders, the horses and the facility are well cared for. Having happy and healthy horses in a high quality facility, that we can share with our riders, is what makes our programs at Leashes & Leads Equine Park successful.

Viviane Bearbower

Barn Manager and Trainer

Viviane enjoys giving riding lessons because there is always more to learn and it is very rewarding to watch a student succeed. Training horses gives her the same rewarding feeling, as it is her goal to make the horses a little better each time she works with them.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Management and has completed two semesters towards a Master of Agriculture program. On top of that she has worked with renowned trainers and judges such as Stacy Westfall, Sascha Ludwig and Bernd Boden. Viviane has worked with many different trainers to expand her knowledge to a wide range of disciplines. While Reining, Colt starting and Extreme Trail Riding are her favorites - she has experience in Dressage, Show Jumping, Barrel Racing, Gaming, Western Pleasure, Ranch Pleasure, Team Penning, Vaulting and Driving. A champion title in Pole Bending at the German Championships 2015 qualified her to be on the national squad (top 10 riders of Germany).

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McKenzie Bethke

Assistant Trainer

McKenzie has that amazing ability to make each child feel comfortable and enjoy every minute of their lesson. She puts a big emphasis on safety and teaches proper riding techniques while lots of times playing fun games.
She helps out with the training horses as well and allows the horse to work with a very calm mindset.
Her Certificate from the RCTC Equine Program adds on to her many qualities.

Michelle Blankenship

Managing Owner

Special Thanks Other Team Members

We couldn’t have our wonderful Riding Lesson Program without all of our amazing staff that do the work behind the scenes. In addition to the staff that help consistently with riding lessons... the following staff are critical to our horse program. Abby Smith, Amanda Luther, Elaniv Burnett, Hannah Luck, Kristi Frederick, Shelly McGulpin, Derek Krenke and Mike Schmitz.