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;

Chena Litzen

Chena has ridden horses for most of her life. She was born and raised in Nikiski, Alaska and grew up competing in both 4-H and Pony Club events at the state and national level. After high school, she moved to Oregon to attend Canyonview Equestrian College, where she trained in hunt seat, dressage, and eventing. While at Canyonview, she also received her CHA riding instructor certification. During her senior year of college, she was an intern at French Hill Riding Academy, and upon graduation moved into a full-time position.

Chena chose a career in riding instruction because she loves how riding can both challenge and inspire a student at the same time. Her goal is to help each rider reach their potential and grow in their ability and confidence

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”.

Winny Cally Piper Fox
Ginger Juliette GG May
Peter Tempe Meeka


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