Miramonte Equine

Quality dressage horses, lessons and training in the central Kentucky area

 

Meet Our Team

 

Emily Brollier Curtis

Owner / Head Trainer
(316) 680-9758

Born in Steamboat Springs, CO and raised in Wichita, KS, Emily started her riding career before she could walk, accompanying her parents on pack trips in the Rocky Mountains. Emily began showing at age 7 in the Hunter/Jumper ring, but soon felt drawn to the thrill of eventing. Through eventing, she developed a passion for dressage. In 2001, Emily began training with USA Dressage Idol winner, Philesha Chandler. 


In 2004, at the age of 14, Emily purchased 3 year old Miramonte, an unbroken warmblood mare, whom she started under saddle. Since then they have worked in tandem to realize many accomplishments including the USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. They have actively campaigned at FEI Grand Prix and have claimed titles such as KDA Grand Prix Champion and AWS/USDF Reserve National Champion at Grand Prix. 


In addition to Miramonte, Emily has carefully developed over 10 horses to the FEI levels, including the up and coming Dancer, a beautiful 18hh chestnut KWPN gelding and Emily's current Grand Prix mount. Emily is known for her ability to work with both young and difficult horses and especially has a talent for restarting Thoroughbreds off track and placing them into new careers. Emily is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Equine Management and Science and a minor in Agricultural Economics. Emily plans to continuously study and pursue the art of dressage and will do so out of her home base of Miramonte Equine located in the heart of the Bluegrass.

Jessica Turner

Assistant Trainer / Finance & Social Media Manager / Sponsor Promotion
(440) 487-2721

Jessica was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She began riding at the age of 6, dabbling in different western and english disciplines for years until she discovered her love of eventing. One of Jessica's happiest memories was qualifying and competing in the Area 8 Eventing Championships with her long term OTTB teammate, Red. Red was a war horse who ran 77 races over 6 years and once retired, he then taught Jessica at a young age how to handle a high strung horse and ride out bucking, bolting, spooking, rearing (basically any naughty behavior). Jessica believes Red is the reason for her long term success as a horse trainer because he taught her patience, persistence and good horsemanship early on, which are invaluable lessons in the equine industry and in life.

During college, Jessica found success in buying project horses to train and resell for profit. While doing this, she met Emily in Lexington and realized that training horses was her true passion. In 2016, Jessica took a risk and moved down to Lexington to further her horse training career with Miramonte Equine. Jessica has a BA in Business Management and Minor in HR from Akron University, in addition to a solid background in labor relations, recruiting and improvement processes. She thoroughly enjoys the business side and continues to use her skills with Miramonte Equine every day.

Jessica is currently in charge of billing, purchasing, contracts and sponsor promotion at Miramonte Equine in addition to managing the social media accounts and internship/working student programs. 

In Fall 2017, Jessica earned her USDF bronze medal. In 2018 she earned both 4th level scores towards her USDF silver medal with a 6yo pinto mare named Teika she started and brought through the levels herself. In 2019, Jessica plans to show Prix St. George to finish her silver medal. 

Meghan Riviello

Assistant Trainer / Sales & Marketing Manager / Internship Coordinator
(610) 357-6202

Meghan grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was introduced to horses through her grandmother who used to buy off the track thoroughbreds and retrain them into dressage horses. Starting to ride at the age of seven, she quickly fell in love with the sport.

At the age of ten, Meghan received her first horse and got a taste of training horses from the ground up. Her little western paint mare was retrained as an English riding horse and competed through beginner novice starter trials. With help from trainers, she continued to train multiple horses throughout high school, starting them off at the lowest levels of eventing up to novice level.


Meghan decided to come to Lexington to study at the University of Kentucky.  She spent her four years working at various barns throughout the Lexington area. Every spring semester she was a teaching assistant for Dr. Rossano at the horse handling and behavior lab. That is a class where students get hands on experience sales prepping the university's horses. Both horse and student are taught how to properly lunge and start ground training. The highlight of her education has been attending Charles Sturt University in Australia for a semester where she studied equine exercise physiology. Meghan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and Management and a minor is Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in May of 2018.


While she has spent her whole life eventing, she is excited to embark on this new chapter as a dressage rider. She earned her USDF Bronze Medal in November of 2017. In 2018 she achieved three out of four scores towards her USDF Silver Medal. Meghan's 2019 aspirations are to finish her silver medal and work towards earning her USDF Gold Medal.

Meredith Kenyon

Assistant Trainer / Scheduling Coordinator & Organizational Specialist
(402) 525-9036

BIO COMING SOON!
 
 

Additional Team Members

Teamwork makes the dream work! Get to know some of our most vital contributors!

Anne Buchanan

Horse Specialist

With over 50 years of equestrian pursuits, Anne has a varied range of experience to draw from:  In Michigan, she started in hunter jumpers, then competed Arabians in racing, halter, English pleasure and stock horse, winning many prestigious competitions from regional champions to Scottsdale and National Top 10s in the USA and Canada.  From here, she was drawn to Quarter horses and NRHA reining.  When Anne moved to Kentucky in 1987, she started riding and showing American Saddlebred  three- and five-gaited pleasure, and switched to dressage around 2001. 

Anne’s educational and professional backgrounds involve earning advanced degrees from The University of Michigan and University of Kentucky in Reproductive Physiology and Veterinary Science.  She has been a  breeding manager, stallion handler, worked in the racing industry for Team Valor International, has been an Executive Director for breed organizations, founded her own equine entertainment corporation and is the President of the American Friends of the Spanish Riding School non-profit.

Anne also enjoys participating in launching new organizations. She came to Kentucky to become part of the first team to work in the Gluck Equine Research Center,  was the first Field Director for the Kentucky Equine Education Project, was Director of Administration for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, helped develop the online booking of horse farm tours concept for the Lexington area and was involved in the early development of online horse show competitions.

Now retired from a career in secondary education, Anne combines the knowledge gained from the many fields in order to differentiate training needs for individual horses.  She specializes in ground work and long lining, and focuses on creating a straight, supple and relaxed horse with an elastic connection.

April McClain

working Student
2019

Bio coming soon

Evelyn Lancione

Working Student
2018-2019

Evelyn is a Cleveland, Ohio native with an exclusively dressage-based background. She got her love of horses from watching her older sister ride. AT the age of six she started riding at the local stable, taking on difficult project horses and making them more rideable. Her dedication to riding brought on her love for dressage. The opportunities that arose for her lead her to actively school and show at first level.


It became apparent that Evelyn was ready to take on her own horse so that she could further progress up the levels. In 2012 she became the owner of a Hanoverian gelding named Gardist.

Her experience as an assistant stable manager at her hometown barn made her discover her love for hands-on work with horses and her passion to ensure their health and happiness. 


Evelyn currently attends the University of Kentucky where she studies Equine Science and Management and Agricultural Economics. She plans the graduate in 2020. After graduation she hopes to manage a training facilities and continue to train dressage horses.

 In 2018 she completed 2/3 of her Bronze Medal. Evelyn and Gardist are currently schooling third level with the hopes of finishing her Bronze Medal in 2019. 


 

Previous Working Students

Team work makes the dream work!

Danielle Dixon

Working student
2018

Ireland Derby

Working Student
2018

Mary Leveridge

Working Student
2018

Emily Mercier

Working Student
Fall 2017

Cailey Burns

Working Student
2018 - 2019

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Sarah Sivinski

Working Student
2013-2016

Rachel Causey

Working Student
2015-2016

Kellie Driscoll

Working Student
2014-2017


Miri Schwarzmaier

Working Student
Summer 2016

Kelsey Lee

Working Student
2017