Total Equestrian Experience

For lessons, equine training, and THE Horse camp in the classical English style

Our Staff

It takes a community to take care of all our equines, teach our lessons, run our special events, offer a camp and do so much more! Meet the TEE staff here. pictures of each staff member to come soon!

Gayle Paperno, Owner/Director 

Gayle has operated Total Equestrian Experience since 2009 and prior to that was the co-operator of Family Equestrian Connection. While her degree is in Recreation and Leisure Services, her love of horses brought her away from her 10 year career as a Recreation Director for the City of Los Angeles and into the world of equestrian care. Her goal is to create an equestrian community where families can come together to enjoy the love of horses and good friends. Gayle is a certified instructor with the American Riding Instructor Association and oversees all horse care, camp programs, special events, and lessons at Total Equestrian Experience. A favorite quote Gayle can be heard saying is, "it's not about the riding; it's about the life lessons one learns while riding or just being around horses."

Ashley Shrader; Instructor, Sr Camp Wrangler, Coach, and Property Manager

Ashley has been teaching for TEE since it's inception and has shared her love of teaching with  all ages and levels of riders through the years. She enjoys working with horses that need a more creative touch and is a quick thinker when it comes to problem solving. Ashley can often be found joining in all the camp games during the summer or sneaking into the craft room to do crafts with the campers. She is also our overnight caretaker and feeder so if we have a horse with special needs, she is our go-to!

Emily Souza; Instructor, Coach, Equine Caretaker

Emily is 27 years old and has been with TEE for over 5 years. She has a bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis, and is also a certified riding instructor with the American Riding Instructors Association. Emily's training and instruting philosophy: "Riding is more than an activity, more than a sport, more than just fun. It is the most unique experience a person can have: connecting to and communicating with another species in such a way that the two become partners. My philosophy as an instructor and trainer is that the horse and rider should be a team. I want my students to feel connected with their horse, I want them to feel safe. And I want the horse to feel connected and safe with their rider.  In my lessons and training I strive to achieve harmony between horse and rider.  I hope for my students that they leave each session feeling empowered and strong.  I hope for my horses that they are mentally and physically engaged in our activity. In the utmost, I want to facilitate a feeling of trust between horse and rider that can give both partners confidence in the other and themselves."

When she isn't riding or teaching, which is not often, her other three favorite things are reading, eating, and watching the Los Angeles Dodgers play. Of course then her favorite color is Dodger blue!

Lauren Reiter; Instructor, Special Event Coordinator, Coach

Lauren has been with TEE since it's inception and is an ARIA Certified Riding Instructor. She is currently working towards her BA at CSUN in Recreation Management with a focus on the camping industry. Laurens teaching philosophy: "I believe in teaching with positive reinforcement. But giving critique when it's needed. It's knowing how to adjust your teaching style to each individual because not everyone learns or even reacts the same. It's not only about teaching someone how to ride a horse, it's about giving them something to work on for the next time or giving them something they can be proud of what they accomplished. I want to give my students something that they can carry with them no matter how small it may be. From the child that can be proud that they came off lead the the adult that is just happy they sit on a horse. Giving a little bit of joy, something to be passionate about, and something to take with them in life is my philosophy for teaching." 
When not riding her pony Kiowa or studying, Lauren can often be found visiting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland!

Karen Van Pelt; Independent Trainer

Karen joins us at TEE to give us a much needed varied perspective on training. She is uniquely able to combine training methods learned at Moorepark college, various clinicians, and from years with the horses themselves to  produce an equine that is ready to move confidently into whatever venue their owner has in store. Karen can often be seen conducting her trainings out on trail and commonly with more then one horse at a time! When not with the horses, Karen can be found with her loving husband and son.

Chloe Bradshaw; Instructor, Sr Camp Counselor, Teen Advisor

Chloe came to TEE as a high school student with a desire to compete in IEL Dressage. From there the Instructors at TEE have cultivated her into our newest Instructor! Chloe uses her unique perspective to teach her students and encourage them to try their hardest at whatever they are doing! We are looking forward to watching Chloe's riders develop as much as she has as a rider!  Her main passion is dressage and she is the current owner of the grey arabian at TEE named Beau. She has been with THE Horse Camp for the past 4 Summers and  was know as the Craft Master and last year Chloe did a fantastic job as our Sr Teen Camp Counselor! This year Chloe will take that experience to our full blown camp as well as helping to be the go- between for our young teen staff program participants. It will be an exciting summer!  Chloe wants you to know that if there is one thing you gain from your summer camp experience it's how to be yourself!

Sara and Nina Schneider;  SR Camp Counselors

Nina and Sara have been a part of The Horse Camp family since 2004 when they attended their first summer of horse camp at the age of seven. Throughout their years at The Horse Camp they have both evolved into two wonderfully independent and unique individuals. They have both promoted up through the ranks: from a camper to a volunteer to a CIT to camp counselor and now to Sr Camp Counselors. As a camp counselor Nina hopes to give campers the wonderful experience she had as a camper. Sara hopes to share her love of horses and her infectious laughter with everyone.
Daniel Hughson: Equine Facilitator, Sr Camp Counselor
Daniel joins us this year for the first time since his youth! He has spent several summers working as a camp counselor and horse specialist at other camps and is bringing his expertise back home to our TEE family! He is currently helping us fit all our training horses in during the week by taking excellent care of each of these eqines. We are looking forward to a fantastic summer with our missed friend!

Adrienne Perry; Office Manager
Adrienne is a mother of 3, owns Kreativekakes4u.com, has her degree in interior design, and grew up loving and riding horses as a kid! Adrienne became so excited when her daughter developed that same love of horses! Adrienne has taken up riding again for herself as well and along with her daughter are currently leasing Pebbles and loving every minute of it. Adrienne has said that working at TEE does not feel like work because she is surrounded by loving people who love what they do! Adrienne and her daughter call TEE "theri Happy Place"!

Riley Leary; Registration Coordinator

As a middle school instructor Rileys passion lies with curricular design, but has found that her technological expertise can also be put to good use in business.  She has developed web based business systems using free/inexpensive programs, and has integrated programs that clients already use to expedite their business practices.  Riley likes to match her clients' needs with the products she knows will do what they need done.  Rileys goal is to bring everyone into the 24th century of her imagination- where technology allows us all the free time to reconnect with what really matters in life! She has done a great job for TEE!

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