Head Trainer & Owner
From that first pony ride at age 6, Candice has had a passion for horses and is living her dream of sharing that passion with others every day. She especially enjoys working with young riders and teaching them the skills and love for horses that she has learned and developed over the years. Her enthusiastic approach to coaching helps each rider in working toward and achieving their goals while making each lesson fun and enjoyable. Candice has a variety of riding experience having ridden countless horses in multiple disciplines including Three-Day Eventing, Hunters and Jumpers. She is actively competing her own horses, which enables her to bring the newest and best training techniques to her clients. As a mom of two young children, Candice understands the importance and prioritizes safety above all else while creating a kind environment for optimal learning. Candice is dedicated to creating a barn culture of acceptance, team camaraderie, high standards of character, and the utmost respect for our equine partners. Candice patiently pushes each student to strive for their best effort in each ride and outwork the competition leading to exceptional results in the show ring. Whether you are looking to take your horsemanship to the next level, or accomplish a winning show record, Candice can help you master and enjoy the process of each equestrian milestone!
Sofia is sister to head trainer Candice and has grown up at Blossom Hill Ranch. She has been riding and competing from a young age and trained a plethora of young horses under the mentorship of Candice. She currently is working with her very own young gelding, Enzo. She has started Enzo’s training from the ground up, putting his first ride on him to now actively eventing. Her training experience has taught her how important the fundamentals and foundation are in both training horses and riders. She knows the details from the beginning are crucial to the proper development of horse and rider and she focuses on them in every lesson. Sofia’s love for teaching shows through her happy, welcoming, enthusiastic personality that she pairs with a constant smile. You can know your lesson with Sofia will be fun and full of encouragement!
Julia has worked through training a variety of her own horses on her path to finding her horsy soul mate, Smokey Jack. Smokey is a young sport horse thoroughbred, who she is training in eventing. Julia is known for meeting adversity with grit and determination. She never gives up and always shows up, puts the work in, and does it with a smile on her face. She helps instill this same amazing character into her own students. She loves working with students one on one to fine tune the details of their ride and help them build a strong foundation for their equestrian journey. She promotes exceptional horsemanship and lives it out by providing the best care for Smokey, he’s always the cleanest horse in the barn! You’ll find her at the end of every day spoiling him with horse cookies before heading to her car. She treats her students as well as her horse and you’ll only get the best lessons with Julia!
Abby is one of the first students to Blossom Hill Ranch and has been riding with Candice since she was 7 years old! She has gone from coursing cross rails on our trusted lesson horses to successfully competing her very own off-the-track thoroughbred in eventing. Abby’s horse Dixie is a sensitive and young ride that requires Abby to be patient, gentle, and kind at all times. Abby handles her masterfully and brings the same qualities to her teaching of young riders. Abby has a proven love for horses and teaching that she demonstrates in every lesson.