North Ridge Farm

The Team

Amy Henze

As a Colorado native, Amy has been closely tied to the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association and USEF rated show circuit for over 30 years. Amy started North Ridge Farm nearly 20 years ago with the main focus of her training consistently remaining on the welfare of the horse and safety & progression of her riders.

Amy is honored to have helped her riders grow from their first cross rail course to navigating the 3'6 hunters, 1.20 m jumpers and equitation arenas, while earning year-end awards and accolades along the way.

Amy’s curriculum is based in knowledge and encouragement and always met with enthusiasm from each of her riders. Amy remains dedicated to the principle that you can receive excellent opportunities to be successful at the horse shows, while remaining at your own preferred level of commitment. Because of her program’s small but mighty size, it is guaranteed that everyone gets Amy’s personalized attention and ensures that every horse & rider has the opportunity to learn as much as someone in a larger show program.

Owner & Head Trainer

Katie Pelzel

Katie grew up competitively riding in the hunter, jumper and equitation arenas on a local and national level. As a junior, she competed at USEF Medal finals, Maclay finals, Hunterdon and Jumper finals.

Katie attended Oklahoma State University where she received a riding scholarship for the school's NCAA level team. At OSU, Katie rode & competed all four years, helping her team to earn 2 Big 12 Championships as well as a National Championship title. While there, Katie also earned personal accolades including two All American titles, Most Outstanding Performer at the Big 12 championship, All Championship team at Nationals and holds the high score record at the Big 12 championship.

Currently Katie is competing with her two young jumpers, and riding multiple young hunters. She has a passion for learning about each horse and rider and helping them accomplish their goals in any ring.

Assistant rider

Mary Tanner

Mary Tanner has an extensive showing career throughout the hunters, equitation, and jumpers. Recently Mary has even dabbled in reining and ranch riding. Mary has successfully competed at all the major venues throughout the United States including WEF, Ocala, Gulfport, Kentucky, and Vermont.

During her junior year of high school, Mary’s family decided it was in her best interest to graduate early and compete on the show circuit full time under the tutelage of Alex Granato. During that time, she had much success in the major equitation classes and jumpers up to the 1.45m.

While in college, Mary rode for the NCAA equestrian team at SMU for 2 years, before transferring to Clemson University to be closer to her own horses and continue showing on the east coast. At Clemson Mary began her teaching career bringing riders all the way from cross rails to the 3’6” divisions. Mary especially loves watching each student gain confidence and increase their education in this wonderful sport she has dedicated her career to. 

Assistant Trainer