Our Staff


  • Jen Wright

    Co-owner/ Independent Saddle Fitter
    Contact

    Born and raised in Michigan, Jen learned to ride in the sand dunes where falling off was fun! Eventually, her competitive spirit got the best of her and horse showing took over. Participating in everything from 4-H, Hunter Jumpers, and the Quarter Horse Circuit, Jen soon specialized in Showmanship and Jr. Hunter Under Saddle. After graduating from the University of Findlay’s Equine Program and training young horses in Texas, Jen moved to Colorado and soon began working at Happy Horse. This is where she discovered her passion for saddle fitting, bench work, and equine bio-mechanics.  Jen spends most of her time traveling around the state saddle fitting, but in her spare time she spends every moment with her beloved mule Hazel!

  • Kathy DeWitt

    Co-Owner

    Having been born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Kathy started riding at a very early age.  Her family was into casual riding, and she started western horse showing at age 4.  At age 12, she switched over to hunter-jumper competitions throughout the Midwest and Virginia area until she was 19.  While at a prep school in Massachusetts, Kathy trained with Denny Emerson and had the opportunity to show in the ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals at Madison Square Gardens.  She moved to Colorado in 1998 and transferred to the eventing arena.  At present, she still has a horse, but only for occasional riding and he also makes a great lawn ornament.

  • Megan Lizarraga

    Bookkeeper
    Contact

    Meg has been with the shop for as long as Jen and Kathy have owned The Happy Horse. She likes to brag that she is their original employee! Currently, she is the bookkeeper, but has been involved in almost all facets of the stores operation. She grew up in Evergreen, CO and came to CSU to receive her Equine Science degree and never left. She stays busy as an elementary school teacher and as the owner of a local horse boarding facility in Fort Collins. Although she has a history in dressage, she currently enjoys the fact that she can jump on her sassy quarter horse bareback once every 3 months and be able to sit her amazing jog. Her greatest accomplishment is raising her two daughters, one being Anna who is an active worker of the Happy Horse family.

  • Deidre Oakley

    Purchasing Manager
    Contact

    Deidre has lived in Colorado for 20 years.  She and her family moved to Northern Colorado in 2014 and live on a few acres taking care of their many animals (she has 13…and counting!)  She grew up riding in California & Texas, and has always had horses in her life.  Her equestrian passion is shared by her two young daughters, who are active in the riding community.  Deidre has come to Happy Horse with a solid background in sales, purchasing, management, and customer relations.  She brings a diverse knowledge to the equestrian community.  She has been friends with and supported The Happy Horse for years, as both a customer and a sales representative. She is now very proud to call the store “her own happy work place!”

  • JJ Kane

    Technical Manager and Receiving
    Contact

    JJ is originally from Colorado Springs, but moved to Fort Collins in July of 2014. She feels incredibly lucky to now be working at The Happy Horse. She has been involved and riding horses since she was in the fourth grade, and she now has her “horse of a lifetime” Rosie. They consider themselves the perpetual beginner novice team.

  • Anna Lee

    Assistant Store Manager
    Contact

    Anna was born in Fort Collins and raised in The Happy Horse. Always having a passion for horses, she picked up the task of cleaning saddles in the shop at the age of 10 and she finally got her dream “pony” in 2011. The power duo has now started doing beginner level dressage. Anna has a shadow named Jet, one of our friendly tack store dogs. As a full time college student Anna is very busy, but she is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of horses with everyone at the store as well as pursue her career as a social worker.

  • Taylor Faccio

    Saddle Manager
    Contact

    Taylor grew up in Vermont and moved to Colorado in 2015.  She is an active event rider who grew up competing and riding all over the East Coast. Today, Taylor keeps herself busy by splitting her time between The Happy Horse and managing a local boarding facility which is home to her training business.  Taylor says “I learn something new from my Happy Horse family every day and love them all very much!”

  • Kaitlyn Motschall

    Sales Associate
    Contact

    Kaitlyn has lived in Colorado all her life and always enjoyed being around horses. So, when Kaitlyn was given the opportunity to work at Happy Horse in 2016 she was excited to work with the passion she loves most. She was never able to have her own horse until she moved to Fort Collins in 2014 and was able to help at a local barn. Finally Kaitlyn found her “dream horse” toward the end of 2016, and has been training her in order to hopefully compete in 2017. She is really looking forward to her future at Happy Horse, and is so thankful for all that it has taught her with horses and life.

  • Taryn Galliher

    Sales Associate
    Contact

    Taryn was born and raised in a small town in northern New Hampshire. After graduating high school, she moved to Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Animal and Equine Science from Colorado State University. As a full time college student, Taryn takes any free time she has (that isn’t spent sharing her love for horses at Happy Horse, or with her wonderful nanny family!) to ride her fantastic lease horse, while her horse stays happy in retirement back in New Hampshire!

  • Sarah Dideriksen

    Social Media Manager
    Contact

    Sarah is a Fort Collins native and grew up riding, so she has been a long time customer at The Happy Horse. She only recently joined the team in 2016, but has loved her job ever since! She spent most of her childhood on the back of a horse and competing around Colorado. Now, Sarah is pursuing a graduate degree where she spends more time around cattle than horses, but she still gets to squeeze in some quality saddle time. She may be busy outside the shop, but is grateful for her Happy Horse family and all the great customers that she gets to meet at the store!

  • Abigail Schaefer

    Sales Associate
    Contact

    Abigail was born and raised in the heat of Austin, Texas! Here, she did everything from
    competing at the national level of archery to joining the circus and performing lyra and flying trapeze. In 2016 however, she decided to move to Colorado to follow her true passion, horses. Abigail has been riding and working with horses since the age of seven and throughout all her adventures they have stayed at the forefront of her life. She now fills her days with equine science classes at CSU, working at the shop with her Happy Horse family, and training with her German Shepherd Thunder and her horse Bear.

  • Lindsay Cooley

    Sales Associate
    Contact

    Lindsay Cooley started riding at the age of 11, and knew almost instantly that horses were going to be in her future. Lindsay is the proud owner of Ocean Lore, a thirteen year old Holsteiner, and Petey a sixteen year old Quarterhorse. Lindsay has previous retail experience and working at Happy Horse Tack is a perfect fit. Lindsay was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She came to California in 2006 and considers herself a California native! After graduating in May with a major in Equine Science and minor in Business from CSU, Lindsay hopes to be a trainer.