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.

Judy Herson

Judy grew up in New York and Washington, DC and has been riding since she was 8 years old. She competed on the East Coast circuit as a teen and rode a Chincoteague pony at The Washington National Finals. Judy continued competing in college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated from Oregon State University with a zoology and teaching degree.

Judy taught middle school science for 20 years before opening her own hunter/jumper barn, Big Dog Horse Stables, LLC in Oregon City. Judy has 25 years of running a successful kid-centered riding program. She brings years of experience working with horses and kids to French Hill — and a few cute ponies! Judy’s goal is for each rider to gain skills and confidence and feel part of a community. She believes that horses are a venue for helping building a work ethic, grit, compassion and kindness.

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. Additionally, they help instructors with turnout, blanketing, and horse laundry.  They are very hard workers and without our student assistants, we would not be able to have such a wonderful program.

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”.

Ginger GG Piper Fox
Peter Tempe Meeka Pokie


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