OUR STAFF

Experience Counts!
Our trainers have decades of professional equestrian experience in a variety of disciplines.  

 
 Rockleigh Equestrian Centre Staff

 Lucia Rittenhouse-Montes, Head Trainer at Rockleigh Equestrian Centre

Lucia Rittenhouse-Montes
Barn Manager and Head Trainer

Lucia’s passion for horses began with her first lesson at age six, when she learned the intimate connection between horse and rider. By the age of 13, she was learning firsthand the discipline and dedication the horse industry requires by working as a barn hand and training ponies. As an FEI groom, rider and manager, Lucia worked along side such high profile professionals including Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup competitor Laura Kraut, Pan American and Olympic Games competitor Lauren Hough and Olympian Anne Kursinski.

As Barn Manager and Head Trainer for Rockleigh Equestrian Centre, Lucia oversees every aspect of our horses’ care. She develops an individualized program for each of our horses from feeding protocols to training and exercise regimens, ensuring they reach top competitive fitness. She oversees the training of all our riders, working with them to set goals and establishing a training schedule designed for success.

When not “on duty," Lucia enjoys showing her horse Logan and spending time with her daughter, Ofelia.


 Casey Huber, Rockleigh Equestrian Centre Trainer

Casey Huber
Business Manager

Casey began riding at a young age and developed her skills competing in saddleseat equitation. After spending several years as trainer and co-barn manager for R.E.C., Casey now focuses her expertise as REC's business manager.  She enjoyed teaching students of all levels while participating in the overall care of our horses. As REC's business manager, she is still a positive presence at the barn! 

During her time off, you’ll find Casey still at the barn with her horse - Backdraft, riding the cross country course or exploring the trails adjacent to the farm.


 Jenna Breitinger Rockleigh Equestrian Center Trainer

Konni Harrison
Client Relations Specialist and Assistant Barn Manager

Konni’s horsemanship skills span decades.  Starting her formal riding lessons at the age of 6, she rose through the ranks to finish her Junior years competing nationally at indoors.  Then, as expected, went on to the Jumper arena where she competed professionally.  She got her BS with an honors degree in business from UIC and promptly opened her own “A” circuit hunter/jumper facility, Pendleton Farm Inc. Opportunities led her to the upper echelon of the sport of kings in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.  Joining forces with such trainers as Carl Nafzger, Bill Mott and Dale Romans, she exercised race horses in the early mornings and focused on business investments in the afternoons. 

As REC’s Client Relations Specialist and Assistant Manager, Konni brings her unique combination of skill sets with enthusiasm! At the REC facility, you will find her in operations teaching horses and riders how to perform at their best. Outside the farm you might find her at a business function, speaking to groups or hosting events on behalf of the Rockleigh Equestrian Centre and its commitment to bring athletes, 4 legged and 2 legged, to their peak performance.


 Vanessa Ferrigno, Rockleigh Equestrian Centre Instructor

Alexis Pornovets
Trainer and Instructor

Alexis’ passion for horses began at a young age. Over the years, she has gained experience showing in the Hunter, Jumper, and Dressage arenas, as well as Eventing. She has worked along side of top trainer and rider Amanda Lyerly at WEF as a show groom and rider. Alexis was also selected to ride for professional equestrians and Olympians including Bruce Davidson, Boyd Martin, Philip Dutton and many others at Equine Affair and Horse World Expo. Alexis has over seven years of experience teaching riding lessons and working as a barn manager. 

Alexis is a breath of fresh air bringing to REC her detailed foundation techniques to horse and rider.  She is very passionate about training horses as well as working with her students to help them ride at their highest potential, while having fun every step of the way.

In her spare time you can find Alexis enjoying a cross-county school or competitively eventing her horse Cayden.


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