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.