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

Gianna Lanteri

Colorado native and “student of the horse”, Gianna, grew up riding in her home state of Colorado. She had a very successful junior career on various horses in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings. After traveling the country as a working student under numerous top hunter/jumper professionals, Gianna returned home and began her own professional career. From starting colts to grooming at the FEI level, Gianna is always devoted to connecting with the horses. 

While Gianna has vast experience in the show ring up to the 1.40 regional grand prix level, she also believes in furthering a rider’s education outside of the ring and is passionate about equine welfare and horsemanship. She enjoys teaching riders of all levels and helping them to better understand their equine partners and tailor their skills to be effective on various types of horses. 

Gianna believes in having a constant learning mindset and when not in the tack she can be found furthering her education with the help of other fellow professionals, including those in the equine veterinary field. Gianna credits many of her accomplishments to her strong support system and strives to create the same positive and healthy learning environment for all of her horses and riders.

Assistant Trainer & Rider

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.

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