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.
My name is Amelie Kovac, I was born in Cannes, France, and have loved horses all my life. I started riding when I was 7 years old when I was interested in jumping. In 2009 I started riding dressage where I started competing. As my father was Croatian, I was able to compete for the Croatian equestrian team which opened many doors for me to compete internationally. I was lucky to compete in Aachen 2012 in under 25 Grand Prix. After working with Adelinde Corneillsen and Emmelie Scholtens as a rider and assistant, working with young horses, I came to the USA to work for Jan. I have been here since 2012 and am assisting Jan with riding, teaching students, and starting my own training business. I love being in America! One funny thing about myself is that I have a great spoiler on my car that I love.
My name is Morad and I am originally from Syria, where I worked for a top jumper rider. I moved to the United States and worked within the jumping industry as a groom for many years. I have worked for The Acres as a dressage groom for the past year and I have learned the sport of dressage. I enjoy my family and love my job and the horses that I take care of, I know that I am a big part of the team here.
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.
As a Working Student at The Acres, I am responsible for many tasks- I feed, groom, ride, and help in any other way I’m needed. I think I have the best job because I get to interact with everyone on the team throughout the day, while surrounded by extremely talented horses and riders. When I was a little girl, I dreamed about working with someone at the highest level of the sport, but the reality of working for an Olympian has been better than I ever imagined. The experience the Ebeling’s have provided me has been life changing. I have learned so much.
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. 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
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
Shane Togami | Farrier
For over 36 years Shane Togami has been working to serve the equine industry with new and innovative solutions to shoeing and hoof care. Shane uses the highest degree of excellence attainable, along with the most advanced technology available, the highest degree of integrity possible and the greatest amount of creativity imaginable. Shane continues to research, attend conferences and work along side some of the top professionals in the industry both in the United States and abroad. His dedication and passion for helping horses fuel his desire to continue to learn from some of the best equine podiatrist and veterinarians around. Shane has worked with Bernie Chapman, Dr Christopher Pollitt.���, Dr. Ric Reddin, Rob Sigafose, Rob Spencer, Dr. Raul Bras and many more on a variety of complex lameness issues. Shane opened the California Equine Podiatry Center, located in central California, where he combines over 36 years of personal experience with therapeutic shoeing and Grand Prix and Olympic sport horses to bring the most up to date solutions for the today’s equine athlete. Shane continues to broaden his knowledge in an effort to fulfill his passion for helping horses excel on their feet as best he can. Website: California Equine Podiatry Center
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 Master���s of Science in Sport Management in 2011. I’ve been riding and training full-time since graduation, and am now training and operating my own business at The Acres.
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