Meet Our Instructors

Tiffany Colohan has been working with horses since she was a child. Her family owned horses from the time she was 5 years old. She grew up in a very small town in Northern California, riding horses almost daily. At the age of 20, she moved to Southern California to pursue her education. She first went to college for Wildlife Biology and changed majors a few times. She studied at Moorpark College for the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, then went to Pierce College for Sign Language Interpreter and Equine Science. After doing the Interpreter program for a while, she started to have carpal tunnel issues, so she focused on the Equine Science program. She started her business as a trail riding company and did that for a couple of years. She was in a car accident November 2015 that made riding painful for her, so she switched her focus to teaching lessons. She had a few procedures done to try to fix her back from the car accident, and finally had back surgery in September 2020. She’s still on the mend and is working to get herself back to her pre-accident shape. She is still teaching and slowly opening her schedule more as she recovers from the surgery.

She has apprenticed multiple trainers and specializes in beginner Western lessons, Gymkhana sports, and lower level Dressage.

She has been made aware of the lack of horseback riding instructors that can teach deaf students, and has now started to blend her ASL knowledge with her horseback riding lessons to offer lessons for deaf clients.

 

Dessiree Davenport grew up in a cowboy family. Their way was very “get on and go” and as she sought more formal instruction, Dessiree found a love for training. Her favorite training experiences have been working with BLM mustangs. She loves a challenge and being able to overcome. That moment when the horse understands what is being asked of them and they get that twinkle in their eye and a confident happiness with themselves is what makes it all worth it.
Dessiree has worked with trainers in Ventura County and also worked as the Equine Director at a camp in Mammoth Lakes. There she oversaw the ranch and the long-term boarders as well as coordinated with short-term boarders who would bring their horses along while staying in the cabins for a getaway.
Some of her fondest memories were riding through her grandfathers neighborhood and the nearby trails barefoot and bareback.