Co-owner/ Independent Saddle Fitter
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!
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.
Technical Manager and Receiving
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.
Jess was born and raised in Littleton, CO. She moved to Fort Collins in 2008 to study Journalism and Health and Exercise Science at CSU. She has always had a passion for horses and grew up doing chores in exchange for lessons and horse camps. During college she didn’t get much saddle time, but as soon as she graduated she quickly found a side job exercising horses. In 2014 she was finally able to make her lifelong dream of owning a horse of her own a reality. Jess has a deep love for all animals and was heavily involved in dog rescue before joining the Happy Horse team. Her and her husband boast a very full house of five dogs, 3 cats and a horse! Jess has a strong background in communication as well as restaurant and business management. She is very excited to merge one of her passions with her work and join the Happy Horse Team!
Senior Sales Associate and Apparel Purchasing Manager
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.
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.
Saddle Assistant and Mobile Unit Manager
Growing up living and working in Michigan, Lindsey moved to Colorado in June 2018. Her horse career has been that of a gypsy, traveling around working for upper level hunter/jumper facilities across the midwest. After slowing down her life on the road, she worked for local trainers in Michigan and restarted off the track thoroughbreds on the side. In 2016 she was offered a position in South Africa working as a volunteer coordinator, stable manager, and exotic animal handler where her passion for animal conservation took charge. Lindsey hopes to pursue a career in conservation biology and enjoy her piece of the Colorado horse community through The Happy Horse.
Senior Sales Associate
Born in Ohio and raised in Kansas, Brenna moved to Fort Collins Colorado in the summer of 2016 to pursue a degree in Equine Science at Colorado State University. Always passionate about horses and riding, Brenna has participated in many different disciplines, including showing and training quarter horses in events such as Western Pleasure, Showmanship, and Trail throughout high school. After moving to Colorado, she began exploring the hunter/jumper world, participating in her first CJHA show this summer. Her two horses Muffin, a pony, and Callie, an appendix quarter horse, are currently in Kansas with her family, but she enjoys visiting them as often as possible and hopes to move them to Colorado in the future. Brenna’s career goals include becoming and equine nutritionist and she is excited to bring her passion for nutrition and horses to the Happy Horse Team.
Social Media Manager
Kayla grew up in Temecula, CA. She started working with horses when she was 15. She got a job cleaning stalls in exchange for lessons. Now Kayla goes to school at CSU, majoring in Equine Science with a minor in Business Administration. Kayla’s goal is to get her DMV and work in research for equine reproduction.
As a Colorado native, Ericka grew up in Lakewood enjoying hiking and skiing in the foothills. From a young age Ericka has always had a passion for animals, especially horses. She started riding when she was six years old and has experience in several different disciplines including show jumping, barrel racing, and polo! She found her true passion for dressage and loves the never ending challenges the sport provides. Ericka recently graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine Science and hopes to pursue a career in equine reproduction and sport horse development. Ericka's favorite part about working at Happy Horse is getting to know all the amazing customers!
Christina has been with Happy Horse since June 2019. Her background in Accounting includes an associates degree along with over 14 years of experience working with other local companies. She was born and raised right here in Fort Collins, CO and just had a baby in August. In her free time she enjoys fishing, reading, playing with her furbaby, Marley, and now playing with her baby, JJ. She is looking forward to learning everything she can about the Equine world and is passionate about her position with Happy Horse!