Meet our instructors
Our instructors are not only horse professionals, but they are interested in the overall well-being of both our horses and our students, treating both with respect and care. They are interested in helping our riders develop a true love and respect for the horse and horsemanship, understanding the horse's needs while learning leadership skills that apply to both horsemanship and to life.
Although she never had horses of her own, nor any consistent opportunities to ride, Sara Kreps fell in love with horses in the fifth grade and never outgrew them, much to her parents' chagrin. After high school and a six year stint in the U.S. Navy as a linguist, she pursued her childhood dream and went to study horses at Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre in West Virginia, receiving her Riding Master VI certificate as well as her Level I Instructor's qualification.
Sara is California born and bred, but transplanted to Tennessee in 2006 to share her love of horses at Hidden Hills. Aside from horses, she loves to cave, swim, SCUBA dive, ski (just about anything with water), read, write, travel, sleep, etc. As you can tell, her interests are varied and she tries to stay active.
The two things that haven't changed is her love for Christ, Who has so far kept her more or less safe in all her endeavors, and her love for horses, who have, at times, challenged that safety. But in her opinion, that just makes things more fun!
If you’d like to contact Sara for more information about lessons, call 423-779-8023 or email her here.
Instructor and trainer Christina Mendoza-Green has over 16 years experience riding & training everything from mustangs and Arabians to Warmbloods. She has studied dressage & natural horsemanship training from top local trainers and classical/current masters. She has also managed several local barns and currently trims barefoot performance horses in addition to teaching and training.
Christina has instructed many students, ranging from the physically/mentally handicapped, new riders of all ages, and more advanced riders. She blends practical natural horsemanship and correct biomechanics and bodywork with dressage qualities and exercises to create a harmonious and fun riding experience for her students, helping them become knowledgable and capable riders no matter the discipline or style of riding. She believes the benefits of dressage can be felt and utilized to improve all riding, from competitive western or English events to pleasure and trail riding.
Contact Christina for more information about lessons or barefoot trimming at 423-310-4282 or email.
Tara loved horses as long as she can remember, and was lucky enough to have parents that got her a horse when she was 12. She learned all the basics on that horse, from horsemanship to life, proudly calling herself a "backyard horse girl." In college, she earned her Certified Horsemanship Association certification and taught horsemanship at a summer camp in South Carolina. After college, she managed the stables and horse program at a resort in North Georgia for several years.
In 2003, it was a dream come true to return home to the Chastain Farm and begin her own horse farm, Hidden Hills Farm, on the property. Bagel was her first lesson horse.
It brings her great pleasure to share the love of horses with others, helping others learn to feel, ride, and live the rhythm of horses.
You can reach Tara at 423-488-3993 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.