Laura Gerst and Quito's Son in the Oaks Grand Prix

Laura Gerst and Quito's Son in the Oaks Grand Prix

Trainer and Owner

Laura comes with extensive experience in hunters, jumpers and equitation. Over the years she has worked with Linda Hough, Carleton and Cindy Brooks, and her father Larry Mayfield. In 1999 Laura decided to launch her own business, so she formed Windy Hill Equestrians Inc., a full time A-Circuit training barn. She also does buying and selling of horses for clients through Paul and Emil Hendix, with whom she has a long standing relationship. Laura has managed a bay area horse stable for over 15 years. 


Dakoda Mower

 Dakoda Mower and Acco Leth at Del Mar

Dakoda Mower and Acco Leth at Del Mar


Dakoda Mower started riding in Utah at the age of 3. He enjoyed a successful junior career in the equitation. When he was ready to take his riding to the next level, he moved to central California to ride with Kristin Hardin. There, he honed his skills in the jumper ring before embarking on a professional career. Dakoda has worked for Windy Hill since the fall of 2016.  He and EEA Timberland were winners of the USHJA Hunter Derby in Woodside in 2017. Dakoda loves to compete, teach, and buy and sell, but most importantly, he is an all around horseman. 


Laura Morishige

Lesson Program Coordinator/Instructor

Laura has been a part of Windy Hill since 2007. She started the riding careers of many of the high level riders you see in the training program now. Laura's emphasis on proper position and basics gives riders a solid base and position. Having two children of her own, Laura connects well with children. 


Gustavo Cruz

Barn Manager

Gustavo has been with Laura since 1997. He manages three other grooms at home as well as the care and maintenance of Windy Hill's 40 horses. He hires and manages grooms at horse shows as well as the horses that go on the road. He is an integral part of what makes windy hill a successful show stable.

Emily Robertson


Instructor and Trainer

Horse obsessed since the age of 4, Emily is an active C3/H-B member of the United States Pony Club. She has worked with professionals in the Hunter/Jumper, Eventing and Dressage rings including Valerie Owen, Rachel Williamson and Judy Klus.


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