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 with 40 horses. 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.
John has a classical training and riding style. He has trained with many of the greats including George Morris, Jeff Cook and Linda Hough. He is super in tune to the horse's body and is able to strengthen them with this ability. His method involves putting your trust in the remarkable animal "the horse". He enjoys teaching and prepping horses for the clients so they can succeed. John was happy to join this Bay area hunter jumper stable and we were happy to have him.
Trainer and Co-Owner
Maja was born in Southern California where she rode with the Karazissis family and Far West Farms showing in the ponies, hunters and jumpers. As a child she competed in pony finals three times. She is a graduate of UCDavis with a BS in animal science specializing in equine science. During her time in Davis she rode on the equestrian team and competed in IHSA shows. She eventually became president and coach of the team. Upon graduating she worked for Rudy Leone for one year before moving to Woodside and working for Willow Tree Farm from 2006-2011. Her accomplishments at willow tree include winning the $10,000 5 year old young jumper championship, multiple championships and reserves in all jumper levels at Thermal, Del Mar, Sacramento International and Woodside. She started working for Windy Hill in the summer of 2011 and enjoys teaching riders of all levels. Maja is currently a member of the Norcal hunter jumper association.
Dakoda Mower started riding in Utah at the age of 3. He turned professional in the beginning of 2016. He had a very successful junior and amateur career including many wins of jumper stakes. He enjoys competing and teaching students of all levels. You can find him blazing speed classes on his own horse Acco Leth (Pictured)
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 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.
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.
Stephanie was an active member of United States Pony Club and attained her C2 rating. Stephanie began as a working student for Windy Hill in 2009, and hasn't looked back since! In 2012 Stephanie was 3rd place overall in the inaugural United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals. In 2013 she made it into the top 16 of the USHJA Emergeing Athletes Program Finals out of over 300 riders across the nation. She helped her team secure the Gold Medal in the Nations Cup Competition at the finals. Stephanie is looking forward to following her mother's footsteps by teaching San Francisco bay area riding lessons.