Dr. Gail Hoff-Carmona
Dr. Gail Hoff - Carmona, Owner and Director of Los Alamos Dressage Center, now operating out of Canada Larga Ranch in Ventura, California, is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, a USEF Senior "S" Dressage Judge, a Registered "R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge and an FEI Grand Prix level trainer, clinician, coach, and retired competitor.
Gail works with all levels of riders and horses, from beginner to Grand Prix. Her focus is on balance, harmony, and performance through systematic steps based on the classical training scale as applied to the biomechanics of each individual horse and the needs of each rider.
Outside of the horse world Gail is a Ph.D. immunologist who devoted much of her life to the research and development of several medical diagnostics such as the "Mono Test," a quick diagnostic test for infectious mononucleosis, and immunologic pregnancy tests for people as well as horses. Gail, as owner and director of Los Alamos Dressage Center, received two Proclamation citations from the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Whitman for civic work done to benefit both the community and equine research at the University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine. She is recorded in Who's Who, Who's Who of American Women, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who of Technology Today, American Biographical Institute, International Biographical Center and the National Registry of Who's Who.
Kristi Troyna has been teaching riding lessons full time for the past 10 years, but her experience teaching riding goes back more than 25 years. After 8 years experience in therapy riding, Kristi went on to a career in management, grant writing and project management, but came back to her first love of sharing horses with kids after her children were born. She now runs an active kids’ riding program and has started a United States Pony Club Riding Center at Canada Larga Ranch.
Her focus is on safety, and training the next generation of horse lovers to be not just riders, but horsemen and women. The approach is all-inclusive. Students learn the care and management of the horses, as well as correct equitation. The kids in her program have varying degrees of interest, from recreation to competition, and they spend time working in all disciplines of riding and groundwork. They work as a team to support each other in local events and shows.