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Wendy Wergeles at Rolex KentuckyTrainer-In-Residence

We are happy to have Wendy Wergeles ( ) as trainer-in-residence at Cottonwood Ranch. Wendy is currently dividing her teaching and training schedule between the Flintridge Riding Club, In-the-Irons Farm, El Capitan Ranch and Cottonwood Ranch where she is based.

She is a certified USEA/ICP Level III Instructor. She has competed throughout the US and Canada through the Advanced Level in Eventing. Her horse Torque was awarded the 1994 AHSA Zone 10 Advanced Level Reserve Championship in eventing as well as the 1993 Area X lntermediate Championship. Wendy has ridden with Capt. Mark Phillips, Christine Scarlett, Karen O'Connor, Mike Huber, Jack Le Goff, Jimmy Wofford, Andrew and Paul Popiel, J. Michael Plumb, Richard Meade, Bev Rogers, Gwen Stockebrand, Gerhard Politz, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Anne Kursinski and Don Sachey.

As an instructor/trainer, Wendy has been based at many fine facilities including: Shadowfax (home of the world's smallest cross-country course) and Silk Purse Ranch, both in Las Vegas, NV; Goose Downs, Galisteo, NM; Brusally Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ; Hobeau Farm (a thoroughbred training and breeding farm where she also raced quarterhorses), Ocala, FL; Brown Ledge Camp, Mallett's Bay, VT and Pondeverda in Dunham, PQ, Canada where, as a working student, she made the transition from riding hunters and jumpers with Frank and Wayne Carroll at Secor farms in White Plains, NY to eventing. As an instructor, she has had several students qualify and compete in the North American Continental Young Rider's Championship and coached the Area X team in 1987, although her motivation is the commitment from her students, regardless of their competitive goals or level of riding ability. She maintains a clinic schedule throughout the western USA.

Wendy has the United States Equestrian Federation "r" license as an Eventing judge and has had the USEF "R" Technical Delegate's license for over twenty years.

She is currently a co-organizer of the Flintridge Horse Trials and has organized the Las Vegas Horse Trials and the Silk Purse Ranch Horse Trials. She has been active on the organizing committees of the Goose Downs Farm Horse Trials, The Event at the Downs, Brusally Ranch Horse Trials, Coconino County Horse Trials, Flying Fox Farm Horse Trials, the Quebec Championships and the Eastern Townships Horse Trials.

Wendy was a founding director of the Las Vegas Equestrian Events, Inc., The Injured Riders Fund (now the Equestrian Medical Safety Association) and the Eastern Townships Children's Horse Events. She is a past member of the Board of Governors of the United States Eventing Association and the Southern Nevada Hunter Jumper Association and currently publishes Focus on Sport Horses, a sales brochure and website:

Wendy created The Event Derby® series of competitions.

Wendy's lesson and training rates:

Lessons (no additional schooling fee payable to Cottonwood Ranch):

Private approx. one hour:  $75
             approx. one-half hour:  $50
Semi-private (2 students) - approx. one hour:  $50
Group (3-5 students) - approx. one hour:  $45


Training Programs can be customized to suit the specific needs and desires of individual horses and riders. Call Wendy for more information.


Horses in full training:  $500/month
Otherwise, $20/day or:  600/month

Also see the Cottonwood Ranch schooling and board rate schedule.

Wendy can be reached at:, (805) 344-1190, or P.O. Box 653, Los Alamos, CA 93440.

How to reach us:
Cottonwood Ranch by email at
Cottonwood Ranch, 9042 Highway 101, P.O. Box 127, Los Alamos, CA 93440