Mailei Bennett has over 20 years of experience teaching and developing horse riding programs throughout California. In 1990, she expanded the USDA Cooperative Extension horse project to include competitive riding (both English and Western) and in 1998 coordinated one of the largest educational/riding youth contests in the State of California. Through the guidance of the 32nd Agricultural District, Newport Mesa Unified School District and the City of Costa Mesa Recreation Department, she was instrumental in coordinating a non-traditional after school program which incorporated horses, horticultural and nutrition. (This program received top honors from the State of California Park & Recreation Association for its creative approach in learning.)
In 2008, her horses were selected for the ISHA National Championships held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Under her leadership, her students have excelled in the AQHA, APHA, USEF Hunter/Jumper and Welsh divisions.
In 2012 at the ETI Convention and Championship Horse Show held at the LA Equestrian Center, her students earned top honors: Overall saddle winner in the Western 13 & Under Division. 15 champion and reserve champions in the Western, English and Jumping events held at the 3-day event.
In 2012 at the Arizona National Stock Show held at Westworld, her students earned circuit championships in AQHA Novice Youth Western Pleasure and Reserve All-Around Award in Novice Amateur. Her show team returned in 2014 for circuit championships in Novice Youth Showmanship, Novice Youth Trail, Novice Youth Hunter Under Saddle, Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation and High Point Novice Youth Silver Belt Buckle award.
In 2013, we participated in the AQHA Novice World Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2014, her show team earned year end high point honors in the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association in the walk/trot, cross-rail, short stirrup, long stirrup, green rider and low children’s divisions. Sian Mooney, under Mailei’s direction, won the 2’6” Medal Class and was featured in Riding Magazine.
Awards and achievements are just one measure of a successful program.
We strive to provide the balance between hard work, education and preparation.