Our Trainers and Instructors

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Lisa Boyer

Professional Dressage Trainer, Coach, Competitor. 30 +years experience.   Lisa's background includes  training  with many of the world's best International level Classical and Competitive Dressage Riders and Coaches.   As a recipient of a USET grant,  she  traveled abroad to study under Kyra Kyrklund at the Swedish National Stud Farm,  in Flynge, Sweden.   Over the years she has also received extensive training with  Steffen Peters, Linda Zang,   Dietrich Von Hopfgaarten,   Debbie McDonald,  Col. Christian Carde, William Solyntjes,  Betsy Steiner,  Edgar Hotz,   and many more.  An accomplished trainer and competitor with many breeds and temperaments of horses,   Lisa has achieved numerous regional and national honors and year end awards. As an instructor and coach Lisa works with all levels and disciplines, beginner to advanced, helping riders to find their way through problems and achieve goals while stressing the correct use of position and harmonious use of the aids to positively improve the overall connection and partnership between horse and rider.

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Nola Butler

Nola grew up in Everett and started her journey with horses at the age of 10 and throughout her youth managed to learn a variety of skills from cleaning stalls, assisting with trail rides and day camps to grooming for local trainers and ownership of her first horse. At the age of 18 she became a paid assistant trainer and took over the entire business at age 21. Throughout the years Nola has not only run her own business successfully, she managed to keep her skills sharp by working with some of the most prevalent trainers in the area in a variety of disciplines and breeds.  Nola found her way to Wildwood Farm as an assistant trainer and instructor in 2010 and by 2015 she was an independent instructor; now she is our Senior Youth Instructor and brings many things to our Academy- but touts Safety as the number one focus along with learning and having fun. She really enjoys working with young students as they develop confidence and skills that will take them well into their adult lives. Able to instruct beginners in all disciplines, Nola offers private and group lessons and also conducts private camps as well as facilitates many private workshops. 

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Leslie Johnson

 It all started with pony rides at the zoo and loving support from her father, allowing Leslie to discover her passion for horses as she spent her teenage years at summer camps and lessons at a local barn. Taking a break from horses to start her career and raise a family, Leslie once again reunited with riding in 2002 when her daughter became interested in horses. Leslie is now an avid dressage rider and horse owner many times over who continues her education through regular lessons and clinics with support from her coach, Lisa Boyer, who has taught her the skills to become a confident and intuitive rider. Leslie began instructing at Wildwood Farm in 2018 with the goals of effectively teaching the “why” as well as the “how” of riding in a positive, encouraging environment that promotes safety and empathy for horses. Drawing from her experience teaching remedial reading and math in elementary schools –as well as being a parent, camp counselor and Girl Scout Troop Leader – the structure of her lessons teach each student how to handle and ride horses in a safe, effective and responsible  manner. Leslie offers private or semi-private beginner/intermediate riding lessons for adults and children. 

JENNIFER MARTIN – Assistant Instructor

Jennifer began her journey with horses at horse camp at the age of seven, a very special time for her that would solidified her love and dedication to horses as she grew up.  Jennifer hung out at local barns willing to do any work just to be able to be around horses and found her way to Wildwood Farm in 2016 as a riding student. In 2017 she started working closely with our senior youth instructor, Nola Butler, as a working student. Jennifer looks forward to helping students develop their love for horses in a safe and positive environment and she understands how working with horses can teach trust and help build confidence, and that the challenges of riding really promote responsibility and personal growth.  Although she does not own her own horse yet, she knows she will someday soon and has goals of competing in the show jumping world as well as developing her skills as an instructor so she can continue this passion throughout her life. Jennifer assists the instructors with lessons and offers trail rides, pony rides and Beginner Horse Experiences for guests to the farm.