Meet the CRE Team

Owners / Instructors / Trainers

Amy Prechter

Amy Prechter, Owner of Cedar Ridge Equine in Bozeman, MT

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.

Edward Prechter

Edward Prechter, 1943-2021, Owner / Founder of Cedar Ridge Morgans

In 2021 we lost the owner and founder of Cedar Ridge Morgans. Edward Prechter started Cedar Ridge Morgans in the early 90s alongside his wife Beverly (1948-2002). They 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 enjoyed taking his horses out on the trail for recreation as well as on hunting/fishing/pack trips. In last few years, he has downsized his Grass Valley, CA facility, but still enjoyed all aspects of owning horses. He was very excited about CRE's latest addition, a 2017 Morgan stud colt (EBP Kai’s Stormy) sired by EBP Electric Storm and EBP Beverly's Promise, who now resides with at Amy’s Bozeman, MT. Facility. This pedigree cross was one of Edward's ultimate goals to accomplish in his Morgan breeding program.

Assistant Instructors / Trainers:

Kaitlyn Hoyt Bozeman Horse Lessons Instructor

Kaitlyn Hoyt, Instructor

Kaitlyn is the owner and manager of KMH Associates LLC. She has been horse crazy ever since she could remember. Originally from Northern California, Kaitlyn started taking English riding lessons at the age 5. Kaitlyn received her first horse, Mr. T, 28 year Morgan gelding at 8 years old and from there, her passion for horses grew. The love for Morgan horses brought Kaitlyn and Amy together at their local fair while showing FFA lambs. Not only was Amy a great friend and major mentor for Kaitlyn in their early teen years, but Amy also introduced her to the world of rodeos, barrel racing, and reining. After completing on a big bay gelding named Goose in a reining pattern for the Nevada County Horseman’s Rodeo Queen Pageant, Kaitlyn was amazed by Goose’s reining training and athletic ability. That is when Kaitlyn’s love for the discipline of Reining took hold.

Kaitlyn always knew she wanted to move to Montana after first visiting it at age 6. In 2007 Kaitlyn went to work in Yellowstone National Park as a horse wrangler for the summer. After that experience Kaitlyn knew she needed to move to Montana. She moved to Bozeman in 2008 to attend Montana State University studying Animal Science. During her undergraduate years, Kaitlyn rode and exercised horses for numerous horse owners and trainers throughout the Gallatin Valley.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Animal Science in 2011, and year hiatus to be a ski bum and travel to Australia for 3 months, she started her Masters in Animal Science at Montana State University in 2012. As a stress relief she would regularly ride and train her favorite gelding, Warrior.

After earning her Masters in Animal Science, Kaitlyn moved to Silver Star, Montana to help managing a 13,000 ranch. She revamped the ranch’s horse program by adding in retired performance horses and trained them become all around solid ranch horses. Kaitlyn taught the family and friends how to ride, some for the first time, so they all could all enjoy riding during the ranch activities. She developed a successful ranch/ performance horse breeding program, and trained and managed the ranch horses. Kaitlyn’s experience with other critters such as sheep and cattle allowed her to also helped develop and manage a successful commercial black angus herd, and a 4h club lamb program during her time at the ranch.

Kaitlyn started showing and competing in Reining in 2014, and has LTE 2000. She spent countless hours training with the best mentors of reining in Montana, California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Her biggest accomplishment was qualifying for National Reining Horse Rookie finals in Oklahoma on palomino stud called Wimpy Sparkles.

Kaitlyn now resides in Belgrade with her two beautiful children, Adelynn and Boone. Kaitlyn plans on bringing her practical ranch riding and reining experience to CRE. Kaitlyn has been teaching riding lessons in both English and western disciplines for over 15 years. Her forte is teaching very beginners to intermediate riders on safe riding, building a confident rider in and out of the arena, horsemanship, reining, and gymkhana events.

Not only does Kaitlyn offer riding lessons for all ages, she also offers horse consulting and managing for people that are new to horse world or want to find a perfect horse and or a better management program for their horses at home.


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.

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.

Logan Howell CRE Assisant Instructor

Logan Howell

Logan is 24 years old and originally from Sparks, Nevada. She moved to Bozeman in 2014 to attend Montana State University. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Criminology. She wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement but instead she reignited her passion for horses and began teaching lessons at summer camps. Most recently she was the Assistant Equestrian Director for Girl Scouts of Utah during their summer seasons of 2018 and 2019. Logan began riding at 7 years old, taking lessons. When she moved to Montana, is really when she was able to begin riding again. Logan has been with CRE since October of 2019. You will typically see her in a Western saddle, however she has some experience with English riding and advanced trail riding.

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.

Theresa Walker Bozeman Horse Camp Assistant

Theresa Walker

Theresa has spent the last 35 years in the Early Childhood Profession.

Horses have always been a part of her life. From riding in the Angles National Forest as a youngster,to Head Wrangler at Summer Girl Scout Camps,to Riding the Trails of the Big Sky Country.

In the summer of 2017 Theresa crossed paths with Cedar Ridge while looking for a Equine Riding Program for her Granddaughter and a perfect match was made.

Her passion for Horses and her love of Children made a perfect fit.

Since retiring from the Early Childhood Profession,Theresa has been able to combine these two passion at Cedar Ridge and assist year round with special project and camps.

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!"

Lyn Ringrose Moe Horse Instructor

Lyn Ringrose Moe, Instructor

Certified Cowboy Dressage Clinician

Lyn Ringrose-Moe grew up in the central California foothills in Mariposa County. As a child she was always impressed with the California stock horses. Lyn has always been a cowgirl at heart and has always loved horses – all kinds.

Always striving to give the horse the benefit of the doubt, Lyn travels internationally helping riders and horses achieve their goals while always maintaining a gentle, kind approach. As a coach, Lyn helps many riders achieve their personal best through her positive, supportive coaching methods. She believes in the possibilities in each horse (or mule) and rider and strives to bring out the best qualities in each.

Lyn has a keen interest in teaching others how to ride their horses and mules into a state of mental and physical soundness, stressing the importance of groundwork for developing a deep connection and partnership. She is constantly advancing her own knowledge of both equine and rider biomechanics. Because of her multi-discipline background, she understands the difficulties found within each equine discipline and has developed ways to help both horses and riders. Keeping horses and mules sound well into their senior years is a passion for Lyn. She is all about balanced horses (mules) with balanced riders, while having FUN.