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Ute Tarasoff 

Ute was born and raised in Baden-Wuettemberg, Germany, where she grew up on her father’s warmblood breeding farm. She is a licensed German Pferdewirtschaftsmeister, which is the highest certification attainable as a German equine professional.

With this license, she is recognized as a master trainer of both the horse and rider. She completed a total of 9 years of study and apprenticeships within different licensed horse farms and breeding stables, including a horse fitness center in Bavaria, to to study Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine to facilitate the rehab of injured horses and more importantly “retraining and repurposing” them for when their race careers had ended. To complete the master program she had an additional 2 years of study. German’s formal training program includes both apprenticeships and classroom studies..

These experiences, having trained horses from training level to the highest level of competition, training students of all ages and levels in a variety of disciplines and having embraced every opportunity to mold herself into a multi dimensional horse woman over the past 30 years Ute brings a level education, passion and perspective that is leaving it’s mark on the horse community of Wisconsin.

Highlights of Ute’s career include:

  • 1988 – achieved the German Fahrabzeichen ( driving license for 2 -4 Horses Carriage) in the stable of Friedrich Eppinger, a German Master of the 2 horse carriage.
  • 1998 – began work with disabled individuals and horses; Ute initiated the first autism riding program in Baden- Wuettemberg, Germany. 
  • 1999 – awarded the Animal Protection Prize from the Ministry of the Interior Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany for her work rescuing abused and neglected horses.
  • Prior to leaving Germany, Ute owned her own horse farm with 40+ lesson horses. The farm focused on many training programs for adults, children, and those with disabilities. 
  • 2008 – Assistant Trainer in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.


Dr. Megan Theisen 

Dr. Theisen is a double alumni of the University of Wisconsin – Madison earning her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2015 and graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.

Through various experiences while in school Dr. Theisen developed a keen interest in integrated medicine in order to provide another option for treatment and particularly pain control to her patients. Therefore, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2019 after completing the Mixed Animal Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Veterinary Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner via the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute.

In her free time Dr. Theisen enjoys riding in the Kettle Moraine, playing piano and spending time with family. She also has a 8 year old Russian blue mixed cat.






Alexis Quesada 

Alexis is currently majoring in Animal Science, specializing in Equine Science and Management at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, in training to work with troubled horses, equine dentistry, equine breeding, and overall equine care.
She assists in beginner riding lessons, as well as the overall management of the equine facility. She has a huge passion for animals and enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs, horse Belle and creating art.




Quality Care & Feeding

Our quality feeding program is individually designed to suit each horses’ level of work and/or needs, supplying them with the best level of nutrition. They are routinely vaccinated and de-wormed, given any needed supplements and/or medications and provided with excellent farrier care every six weeks.

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1671 County Road K
Hartford, WI 53027



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