Meet the Show Stables Trainers

James Hagman

Founder, Head Coach and Instructor (All Programs)
 
James Hagman - show stables training in Moorpark, CA
 
A native resident of Ventura County, James U. Hagman built Elvenstar from the ground up. As founder he not only literally laid the foundation, Jim also initiated and developed each aspect of the business. From choosing fencing to teaching students to creating a lesson program and competitive show stable, Jim's vision of Elvenstar is a reality.

For more than a quarter of a century, Jim's training and coaching excellence has played a role in a long list a successful riders including top placings and wins at the most successful competitions in North America, from Spruce Meadows in Calgary Alberta, Canada to the prestigious ASPCA Maclay National Medal Finals in New York, champion hunters at the competitive indoor shows including Washington International Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Shows and the United States Equestrian Federation National Pony Hunter and Equitation Finals along with numerous wins and championships in the top West Coast USEF Talent Search Finals and WCE Finals.
 
As an excellent communicator, Jim's systematic teaching emphasizes the art of communication between the horse and the rider. His teaching style is positive and enthusiastic, with an emphasis on building confidence and tact. With an extensive and varied horsemanship background from Western to dressage, Jim has been taught and mentored by some of the world's elite traditional and professional horseman. He has a working relationship with many of the elite coaches and trainers in North America as well as in Europe and Latin America.

Jim has been featured in many national magazines including Practical Horseman and the Chronicle of the Horse amongst others. He is also a part time coach at Stanford University.

Main: 805-529-2800
Fax: (805) 857-5519
Email: jameshagman@elvenstar.com

National Achievements

Hunter Division
 
  • Grand Champion – Junior Hunter, Washington Intl Horse Show, Washington, D.C. Olivia Esse & Illusion
  • WCHR Emerging Professional Championship, Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C. Marla Amormino
 
  • Champion (2 times) – Junior Hunter Classic, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA
  • Katie Gardner & Amadeus, Olivia Esse & Country Grammar• Champion – Junior Hunter Classic, National Horse Show, New York, NY Elsa Horrigan & Rainland Prince
 
Equitation Division
 
  • Reserve National Champion -Eiser/ Pessoa AHSA Hunter Seat Equitation Finals, Harrisburg, PA Katie Gardner
  • Top 12 (6 times) – ASPCA Maclay National Championship, New York City, NY Katie Gardner 4x, Elsa Horrigan,Morgan Taylor
  • Top 10 (3 times) WIHS Equitation Classic, Washington D.C. Katie Gardner, Elsa Horrigan
 
  • Champion & Reserve Champion – National Children's Medal Final, Capital Challenge Horse Show, MD Shelby Wakeman, Whitney Coleman
  • Champion – Equitation 15 yr old division – Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C Katie Gardner
  • Reserve National Champion Stanford Equestrian Team
  • National Champion - IHSA Cacchione Cup Sarah Willeman
 
Jumper Division
 
  • Team Silver Medal / Individual Bronze Medal – USEF National Junior Jumper Championship, Harrisburg PA Katie Gardner
  • Team Silver Medal and Individual Bronze MedalNAJYRC Championship Katie Gardner
  • Champion, 16-year-old Equitation, Morgan Geller, Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
  • Champion, North American Flat Equitation Championships, Morgan Geller, Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
 
  • Reserve Champion, North American Junior Equitation Championship, Morgan Geller, Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington D.C.
  • USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Finals, Harrisburg, PA, Morgan Geller 8th place in 2011, Rachel Thurman 11th place in 2009
  • Qualified for Emerging Athlete Program, National level, Henley Adkins
 

Industry Involvement

 
Board of Directors:
California Professional Horsemen's Association (CPHA)
Los Angeles Horse Show Association (LAHSA)
Pacific Coast Horse Association – Equitation Committee (PCHA)
San Fernando Valley Horse Show Association (SFVHSA)
 
Board of Directors – Past:
Tri-Valley Horse Show Association (TVHSA)
City of Thousand Oaks Equestrian Advisory Panel
United States Equestrian Federation National Equitation Committee (USEF)
Consultant, Stanford University – Collegiate Equestrian Program and Facility Design
 

Katie Gardner

In the saddle since age six, Katie had a very successful junior career at Elvenstar concluding with the Young Rider competition. Soon after graduating with a degree in psychology from USC, Katie decided to follow her passion and become a professional rider and trainer. She has come full circle, returning to the place where she learned to be a horseman and top competitor, Elvenstar.

Kay Altheuser

Regional Show Director, Trainer, Coach
In 2000 Kay Altheuser joined Jim Hagman and the Elvenstar team. As Head of Elvenstar's Regional Program for the past eleven years, Kay has helped to coach students to victories in the USEF Medal and Maclay finals, Zone 10 Medal Finals, LAHJA and SFHJA Medal Finals, Jr Hunter Finals, and numerous championships from local to national levels. Kay has taken several Elvenstar riders through the the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program since its inception in 2008, coached numerous students to wins in the LAHJA Horsemastership competition, and is very involved with the equestrian community.
Currently she is President of the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association (LAHJA) and serves on the USHJA Zone 10 Committee.

Kay is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer and holds a national “R” license for judging hunters and equitation with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

Background

 
A native of southern California, at the age of 15 Kay began as a working student for Liz and Lew Helms at the Los Angeles Children's Riding Center. Through Lew Helm's contacts, her outside influences included Jimmy Williams, Clyde Kennedy, and Gene Lewis. Within a few years she was teaching lessons, riding, competing successfully on the “A” circuit, and for the ensuing ten years was head instructor at Ahead With Horses, a riding program for the disabled.

Kay studied Animal Science and Journalism at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, where she was the captain of the intercollegiate equestrian team as well as manager of the intercollegiate horse shows held on campus. .
 
Kay Altheuser - show stables training in Moorpark, CA
 
She spent two decades working for many of the top trainers in California including Jane Shaw, Mike Neilsen, Victor Hugo-Vidal, and Mark Mullen, as well as ten years with Rudy Leone at Leone Equestrian in Sacramento. As a part of the Sacramento equestrian community, Kay served as Vice President with the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association (SAHJA) for several years and is also a SAHJA approved judge. Through this extensive experience, over the years Kay learned the intricacies of successful breeding, training and competition programs.

Contact:
Main: 805-529-2800 ext. 17
Mobile: (805) 857-5456
kay@elvenstar.com
 

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