Meet the coaches

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Ride iQ coaches have ridden and coached to the highest level of their disciplines. They are amongst the best equestrian athletes in the world, have proven their ability to produce successful riders, and have earned reputations for impeccable horsemanship.
Lauren Sprieser rides a bay horse in an upper level dressage competition wearing tails and a helmet

Lauren Sprieser


Lauren is a High Performance Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer and has produced seven horses from the beginning of their careers to Grand Prix. She is a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist. Lauren frequently writes for The Chronicle of the Horse and other publications.

Doug Payne jumps a bay horse in show jumping wearing a Purina saddle pad and a grey jacket

Doug Payne

Eventing, Jumpers

Doug was the highest placed event rider on Team USA at the  2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He is also a Grand Prix show jumper and graduate “A” Pony Club alumni. Doug won a team gold medal at the 2019 Pan Am Games as part of the US team. He is ICP Level III certified.

Leslie Law rides a chestnut horse in a blue bonnet in show jumping

Leslie Law


Leslie is a British 5* event rider and was the individual Olympic gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He is currently the #5 on the USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard. Leslie is the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach, and he is ICP Level IV certified.

Peter Gray rides a bay horse in dressage at the World Equestrian Center

Peter Gray


Peter is a renowned dressage judge and has been appointed as a judge for the 2022 World Eventing Championships in Italy. He has been to the Olympics Games as both an event rider and as a team coach. Peter is ICP Level IV certified.

Kyle Carter pats his horse Reddy or Not after show jumping

Kyle Carter


Kyle competed at the 2008 Olympics on the Canadian eventing team and won a silver medal at the 2010 WEG with the Canadian team. He has produced multiple riders to the 5* level and is the winningest Young Rider coach. 

Gina Smith rides a bay horse with a star in a dressage test wearing a top hat and tails

Gina Smith


Gina is one of Canada’s most accomplished dressage riders. She won a team bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and she also competed for Canada in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Kathy Baar stands in front of a bay horse wearing a hope halter

Kathy Baar

Natural Horsemanship

Kathy has over 20 years of experience as a natural horsemanship coach. She spent 11 years studying natural horsemanship under Linda and Pat Parelli, and she was on the original faculty at the Parelli Center.

Jon Holling jumps a bay horse in show jumping

Jon Holling


Jon is a US 5* event rider. He coached the Area IV Young Rider team to multiple gold medals. He is Vice Chairman of the USEF Eventing Sport Committee and National Safety Officer for the US to the FEI. He is ICP Level IV certified.

Holly Hepp Hudspeth ride s bay gelding in dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Holly Hudspeth


Holly Hudspeth, née Hepp, is a US 5* event rider. She was a top 10 finisher at the 2003 Pan Am Games and she has competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event several times. Holly was also the Area VIII Young Rider Coach. She is ICP Level IV certified.

Ashley Johnson pats her horse after show jumping

Ashley Johnson

Sports Psychology

Ashley has a Master’s in Psychology with a focus on Performance Psychology from Harvard University. Ashley is a 5* event rider, Level IV ICP certified instructor, and “A” Pony Club graduate.

Sinead Halpin gallops a chestnut horse on cross country at Jersey Fresh

Sinead Maynard


Sinead Halpin Maynard is a US 5* event rider. She has had several top 10 finishes at the highest level of the sport including 3rd at Rolex Kentucky CCI5*-L in 2011 and 2nd at Burghley CCI5*-L in 2012. 

Dennis Mitchell standing in a riding ring wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots

Dennis Mitchell

Hunters, Jumpers

Dennis is a former competitive Grand Prix jumper and has been the coach to many Grand Prix riders and trainers, including numerous USEF national champions in both the hunter and jumper divisions.

Jamie Sin Tung Graham, M.S., CPT, CTRS sits on an exercise ball wearing a Ride iQ t-shirt

Jamie Graham


Jamie is the founder of Haybales and Barbells, a certified personal trainer and Master’s level Recreation Therapist. She’s an advocate for body inclusivity, diversity, and non-diet culture.

Meaghan Marinovich Burdick jumps her chestnut Brazilian Sport Horse mare Riviera Lu over a stadium jump

Meaghan Burdick


Meaghan is 4* event rider who has produced multiple horses to the upper levels in the US and UK. She earned team gold at the North American Youth Championships and has coached countless clients since.

Ashley Adams rides a bay horse with a bonnet and braids

Ashley Adams


Ashley is a 5* event rider. She has produced several young horses into successful upper level competitors, including her off the track thoroughbred Vaunted whom she rode at the KY CCI5*-L.

Michael Pollard and Tsetserleg jump a cross country fence in the water

Michael Pollard


Michael is an American 5* event rider and has had several top placings at the highest levels of the sport. In 2011, he won a gold medal at the Pan American Games as a member of the US team.

Ema Klugman does dressage wearing navy blue tails and riding a bay horse

Ema Klugman


Ema is one of only two people in the US to achieve three A-level certifications from the US Pony Clubs. She was the highest-placed Young Rider in the 5* at the 2021 KY 3-Day Event with her horse Bendigo.

Lesley Grant Law riding a bay horse wearing blue tails

Lesley Grant Law


Lesley is a Canadian 5* event rider. She was the Rider Representative for the ’05 and ’06 Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee and is involved in the Athlete Development Program.

Jennette Scanlon jumps a bay horse over a red and yellow vertical

Jennette Scanlon

The United States Pony Clubs

Jennette is a USPC National Examiner and a graduate HA Pony Club alumni. She is also a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, USDF “L” Graduate with Distinction, and ICP Level III certified instructor.

Jen Carter jumping a bay horse over a show jump in competition

Jen Carter


Jen is an American 5* event rider. She has successfully completed the Kentucky CCI5*-L and has coached students at the top level of the sport. She has also trained and bred very successful upper level horses.

Hilda Donahue wearing a top hat and tails in dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event riding a chestnut horse

Hilda Donahue


Hilda is an Irish 5* event rider and has competed in many of the world’s 5* events. Hilda is also an endurance rider and was a leading rider in the FEI Longines World Rankings in 2016.


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