The riding instructors…

..address all aspects of horse care, safety and responsibility as well as skills. I feel my grandson is in good hands at French Hill.

Linda Royer | Oregon City, OR

Riding Lessons


Leighanne Brocki

Since August of 2004, Leighanne has taught as the Full-Time Riding Instructor at French Hill. Having worked as a professional for several years on the East Coast and Texas, she decided the Pacific NW was her new home. Leighanne graduated from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center in 2001 with an emphasis on Education and Hunter/Jumper training. She has shown in the Three-Day Eventing, Dressage, and Jumper Divisions.

In 2014 Leighanne became a United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer. She took an extensive course through the USHJA which is a new system of training and certifying trainers by enabling them to get further education in the American Forward Riding System.

Leighanne loves teaching all ages and levels of riders and believes that the Riding Academy is a crucial step in the education of riders. Her greatest passion is seeing riders reach their goals and surpass their own expectations of how far they can go in their riding. Many riders go on to show and own their own horses and for Leighanne that is the best part… to see them competing and visit with them at the shows;

Brandy Simmons

Brandy was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She started riding at the age of 8 doing Hunter/Jumpers and going to local shows. Brandy then transitioned to 3 Day Eventing and successfully competed during her teen years.

Brandy graduated with an AA degree from Florida Southwestern State College. She then moved to San Francisco and worked several jobs while taking classes at City College of San Francisco. One of her jobs was teaching beginner riders at Miwok Livery Stables in Mill Valley.

Brandy says, “I am very excited to be part of the French Hill team.”

Student Assistants

Our student assistants are teens with extensive experience in both riding and horse care. Their job is to assist students in getting horses groomed, tacked up and untacked. They also help students mount their horses and clean their tack after lessons. Without our lovely student assistants we would not be able to have such a wonderful program, big thank you to all of them!

FHF Riding Academy Horses (Click On A Horse For Larger Image)

Our school horses are the best cared for school horses anywhere.  They are treated exactly the same as the show horses in the barn – receiving the same veterinary care, dental care and farrier care.  They get regular turnout year around, whatever they need as far as feed, supplements and maintenance are concerned, and they are schooled weekly by one of the instructors.

In the following horse info you’ll see the word “hands”.  Hands refer to their height.  One hand is 4 inches, and horses are measured with a special measuring stick in “hands”. Please note our horses have individual weight limits, but we have a strict weight limit of 160 lbs maximum, no exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

Belle Cally Cassie Fox
Ginger Juliette Maggie May
Misty Peter Tempe Tigger
Winny Piper GG Meeka


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