Twenty years ago, I had a dream to develop a ranch and foster my love of horses and riding. Since then, my husband and I have chipped away at The Acres integrating this passion into a dynamic business centered around the competitive equestrian community. I love every minute of watching the ranch, our riders, the horses, as well as our employees reach their full potential. My job is to help our clients enjoy their experience with their horses and keep the horses safe and comfortable, while continuing to develop our ranch. Some of my hobbies are gardening, cooking, enjoying my dear friends, and of course loving and caring for my family. My proudest moments have been to see my husband in the Olympics and my son, Ben, thriving in his life. I feel so lucky and blessed to work with my passion, surrounded by wonderful people and a beautiful ranch, watching these magnificent horses each and every day.
Shayne Dante | Assistant
My name is Shayne Dante and horses have always been my passion. I’m originally from San Francisco, but I’ve spent many years around the world learning from different horsemen and women, some of which included Kathy Priest, David Blake, and Steffen & Shannon Peters. I started riding and competing at 4-years-old. I experimented with hunters, western disciplines, and eventing until I found dressage. One of my proudest moments at the beginning of my FEI dressage career was showing Just Livingston, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Caroline Stearns, through the Young Rider classes. Caroline and Livingston had a huge impact on my decision to pursue dressage professionally. After my time with Livingston, I purchased my horse, Perignon. We have competed through the U25 Grand Prix. My long-term goal is to be an International rider and I feel blessed to have found the support of Jan, Amy, and all of Team Acres. Currently, I am taking on clients of all levels at my home, The Acres. I love teaching as much as I love riding and my goal is always to help others reach their own goals, too!
Elias Gonzalez | Head Groom
Elias Gonzaga was born on March 25th, 1976 in Tepic Nayarit, Mexico. At the age of 21 he moved to the United States to follow his dreams. Elias worked at different jobs until he found a job that felt right to him, some of these jobs include gardening, construction, and working at different resturants. After working at different jobs, he found horse grooming and this profession turned out to be his passion. Elias went to the University of Autonoma de Nayarit for 3 years to study to be a Veterinary Technician. He has been a professional groom for over 8 years. His first job was at the Westside Riding School in Pacific Palisades, CA. He then moved to Tugger X Ranch in Moorpark, CA to work with eventer Robin Fisher. Elias now enjoys working for Team Acres, with one of the best dressage riders in the country, Jan Ebeling, and one of the best managers, Amy Ebeling.
My name is Jose Alvarez and I am the ranch manager at The Acres. I was born around horses, so I am an experience groom as well as responsible for the maintenance and landscaping around the property. I supervise the hard work of my team and I love this ranch and my co-workers.
I joined Team Acres on October 8, 2013 as an assistant barn manager & organizer. It’s my responsibility to order the materials, supplies, and animal feed. I’m also in charge of the show form entries. A funny fact about me: I’ll never be too old for Disney. I’m a princess (who isn’t!) and I love to dress up! The golden rule at The Acres is the bosses’ jokes are always funny.
Ben/In training My name is Ben Ebeling, I am the son of Amy and Jan, and I have always lived at The Acres. Horses have always been a big part of my life and our lifestyle. I have been learning about running the ranch and learning all that it takes to run a place like this. Right now, my responsibility is to water and rake the arena, so I am working with our tractor and some of the equipment. I often help my parents with different tasks on the ranch and try to be helpful to all of the staff and our clients. Recently, there have been a lot of kids joining our program and we all have a lot of fun with our horses, but also with riding bikes in the park and doing lots of fun activities together.
Dr. Kent Sullivan | Veterinarian
Dr. Kent Sullivan was raised on a farm in northern Idaho and obtained his undergraduate degree at the College of Idaho. He went to veterinary school and completed a Large Animal Internship at University of Pennsylvania. He was then accepted into a 3 year residency program in Equine Surgery at University of CA, Davis. He became board certified in Large Animal Surgery in 1994 and has been performing surgery, consultations, and working in a performance horse practice since moving to Ventura County in 1993. Website: West Coast Equine
Dr. Deborah Kemper | Veterinarian
Dr. Deborah Kemper grew up riding horses in northern California and went to undergraduate and veterinary school at University of CA, Davis. After graduation, she was accepted into a one year Large Animal Internship at Texas A & M University . She also completed her Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Texas A & M University and successfully passed her medicine board examination in 2000. She is a diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine in Large Animal and has been practicing in Ventura County since 1999. Website: West Coast Equine
Dr. Linda Rydgig is a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She has also completed advanced training for equine at the Chi Institute in Florida. For more than 15 years, Dr. Rydgig has been treating horses with musculoskeletal soreness, nerve damage, ophthalmic conditions, behavior issues, and other conditions that respond well to this complementary therapy. Although acupuncture has been widely used in China for thousands of years, equine acupuncture in the United States has been introduced in just the last century. Equine acupuncture is recognized as an accepted treatment modality by both theAmerican Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Website: www.progeq.com
I’m a United States Dressage Federation Silver and Bronze Medalist, as well as a Silver and Bronze Freestyle Bar recipient, and have earned USDF Regional Championship Titles at every level through Intermediaire II. I’ve competed in a total of 11 USEF National Championships, including the 2013 USEF Festival of Champions, the 2012 Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship, and the 2011 Pan American Games Selection Trials. I attended Baylor University for both my undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, in 2009 and a Masters of Science in Sport Management in 2011.
Leah Clarke Fisher has been shoeing horses for 12 years. Born in Napa California into an Australian Family. Growing up in a 5th generation horsemanship and 3rd generation shoeing family. First apprenticing under her family Geoff, Allen and Meredith Clarke. Then training under Tom Reed and Tom Curl. Around the age of 25 she moved to Florida to study with Quarter Crack and Lameness specialist Tom Curl. There Leah had the opportunity to patch Quarter Cracks, glue shoes and shoe some of the elite in the jumping, dressage and racing industry. Returning to California, Leah has built her business around Lameness and Quarter Crack repairs. Leah currently resides in Chino Hills.
Tita Brown | Transportation
Tita Brown is owner and operator of TB Transportation. TB Transportation specializes in local Los Angeles County horse transport. We are based out of Los Angeles County in Southern California and take great pride in the way we treat and care for your horses during their trip. Our goal is to have the transporting experience as stress-free for your horse as possible. Each and every horse is treated as if it were our own. All of our trailers are camera equipped to insure the highest degree of safety. imovehorses.com