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. After hosting summer camps and year-round riding lessons for over 12 years now, Amy is happy to say she is living that dream.

Susan Van Galder

Susan Van Galder, Instructor/Trainer

Susan Van Galder 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.

Assistant Instructors/Trainers:

Amanda Hart

Amanda Hart:

Amanda found her love of animals at a young age, continuing in the footsteps of her family with a great passion in agriculture. She began participating actively in the 4-H community with livestock and horses. Over the years, even while attending college at Montana State University, Amanda worked alongside highly notarized veterinarians and surgeons in the equine industry as a veterinary technician. Amanda obtained a bachelor’s in Animal Science as well as has many other successes in collegiate 4-H, Cattle associations and collegiate horse show competitions. Her strive to continue her journey was strong, passionate, and persistent. Amanda found her drive to succeed and continued to grow by creating her own brand, Hart’s A Fire Equine ( She has worked with highly respectable local trainers in a wide variety of disciplines. Through her education, knowledge and experience, she continues to grow, teach and be creative. At CRE, Amanda assists with instructing lessons and in our summer camp program, as well as with helping with other CRE day to day tasks and events.

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.

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 recently moved back to Bozeman and is very excited to get back on her horses and begin competing again. Mallory currently owns three horses, one of which is a two year old filly that is about to get started under saddle. Her two older horses will be back to running barrels as soon as she is, after her and her husband, Charlie, have their first child this April. 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.

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.