Britt Harley - Assistant Trainer
Britt Harley grew up in New Mexico and was on a horse at the age of 2! Britt started showing at the age of 4 and began catch riding for people at the age of 9. Her winning ways started young with year end championships in the equitation for 11/u as well as the 12/14 equitation divisions. The same year as the 12/14 equitation championships she was NMHJ yr end in the small jr. hunters. At the young age of 14, Britt jumped her first grand prix! Britt has shown internationally in Mexico and Europe
At age 17 she moved to California to start her professional career where she worked for top breeder Tish Quirk, followed by the world famous Susan Hutchison for many years.
With such success at a young age she understands what it takes for our younger athletes to get to the top! Britt is equally good with our adults clients and believes in nurturing a true understanding of horsemanship with all of our students. Britt has a unique talent of bringing out the best in our horses whether it be a young one or a seasoned veteran for either any ring.
Britt is ecstatic to be team Hunter’s Edge and looks forward to elevating the level of Show Jumping in Las Vegas.
Some Riding Career Highlights
- 11 and under yr end eq champ
- 12/14 Equitation year end champ and small Jr hunter NMHJ year end champion
-2001 zone 8 small Jr hunter champion
-Jumped her first Grand Prix at the age of 14
-Also at age 14 was 9th in the West Palm Beach year end national children's jumper championships.
-10 Grand Prix wins along with numerous top Grand Prix placings
-2007 Grand Champion 3 yr old International Hunter Futurity West Coast on “Just Sasha”, Champion Working Hunter over fences as well as Champion under saddle. That team also went on to be top 10 in the East Coast 3 yr old Hunter Futurity.
-2012 winner of all 3 days of the 8 yr old International Young Jumper Championships on her own Zazou .
-Top placings in international shows all over Europe
-Head rider for La Escondida in Monterrey Mexico
-2nd in the 5 yr old FEI Young Horse Jumper Championships in Mexico as well as Mexicos FEI Leading Young Horse.
-3rd out of 55 in the Mexican National championships in the 5 yr old finals.
Top placings in dozens of hunter derbies
Numerous hunter championships
Numerous jumper championships
Numerous jumper classic wins
Coached a top junior rider in the European Young Riders Tour in 2012
Britt has had the honor of riding with some of the top riders and trainers in the sport such as:
Sarah Invicta Williams / Caroline Invicta Stevenson
As well as numerous other top names
Mackenzie Reed - Assistant Trainer
Mackenzie has lived and ridden in California all her life. Starting at 7 years old, with Malinda at Equine Unlimited and showed at every schooling show she could for a few years, riding any and every horse her trainer would allow her. At 11 years old she knew she wanted to do more, and went on to the A circuit with Kelly Van Vleck, where she stayed the majority of her junior career competing from the 3ft hunters and medals up to the 3'6 by the end of her time riding with Kelly she had been to all the medal finals. While she was growing up she went to a few Buck Brannaman clinics breaking colts, and had the privilege of riding and learning with Ali Cornish and her Mom Tina Cornish, taking dressage lessons, barrel racing and more importantly horsemanship and the love of horses and the gift they are to us all. Her heart was always with jumpers from there she rode with Carol Wright and competed and did very well in the meter 20s and 30s as an amateur.. When she no longer could have her own horse she decided it was time to start a professional career.
In 2012 she started working for Rudy Leone and Jill Humphrey, training and preparing client and sale horses. Mackenzie was featured in multiple magazines for her Lasher Polo 4 bar win in 2013 on a client horse capping at 6ft.
Eventually her path led back to where she started working for Kelly as her assistant. Where she prepared and competed client horses in the Hunter’s and jumpers successfully on the A circuit for 2 years. Helping mold future young riders, derby horses, and wins in the big medal final rings. She learned what it takes to produce quality horses and riders at the highest level.
Mackenzie’s true passion is teaching and helping her students achieve all their goals whether they are big or small while enjoying their horses.
Denise Finch - Head Trainer
Denise was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA where she started riding with Janet Pearson at the age of four. After the closure of Janet's barn she moved across the road to To & Fro Farms with Mark Mullen and Victor Hugo Vidal. It was there that she received a solid foundation for proper equitation. After Mark's death several years later, Denise moved on with Mark's sister, Janet Mc Donald, and Mark's assistant, Carolyn Biava, who started their own First Field Farm. Denise rode with Carolyn & Janet until she was 20 both on her own horses, and catch riding others. She showed up and down the A circuit as a junior. At the age of 13, Denise began working for FFF as a working student doing various barn chores and helping the riding school program with tack up lessons. At nearly 18, Denise stepped into the role of Assistant Trainer at First Field Farm. She ran a successful riding school, schooled horses, and took students to horse shows. It was with Carolyn and Janet that she learned top horsemanship skills, how to properly school client horses, and how to be a supportive yet constructive instructor.
Upon moving to Vegas in 2004, she started Hunter's Edge and hasn't looked back since. She has coached countless riders to championships at A shows in all three rings. While she doesn't show herself anymore, she really enjoys schooling horses both at home and at horse shows. Denise became a USHJA Certified trainer in 2013, and believes in constantly furthering her education by attending and hosting clinics with top professionals. She also loves helping problem and green horses with her other mentors Buck Brannaman, Tina Cornish along with the support of Jeff Cook, Carol Dean Porter, and Melanie Smith Taylor; she is constantly seeking out how to better serve her horses and clients. Denise was honored to be a demo rider for Buck Brannaman at his Legacy of Legends clinic in 2013.
Denise's passion is bringing out the absolute best in both horse and rider, and watching them succeed in this sport with a solid foundation of horsemanship and equitation, no matter what ring they wish to step into.
Denise is First Aid/CPR certified through the American Heart Association.