Instructors & Trainers

Jeanette Jacobi

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Jeanette Jacobi has been the Director of Instruction and Training at Moss Beach Ranch for more than a decade. As Director, Jeanette oversees all lessons, clinics, camps, and shows, and is responsible for the on-going health and well-being of our stable of nearly 30 lesson horses. 

Jeanette is a CHA certified instructor and specializes in English-style riding and jumping with students ranging in age (eight to adult) and skill level (beginner through advanced). She has nearly 20 years experience teaching and training and, prior to joining Moss Beach Ranch, has directed riding programs for ranches in Woodside and Los Altos. 

A graduate of UC Davis, Jeanette is an active member of the San Francisco Horsemen's Association. She is the founder of the Coastside Horse Show series, a multi-barn schooling show series for western and English riders and regularly organizes and leads camping/trail riding events each summer. Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Jeanette's "horse addiction" started when she was just six years old and has only gotten stronger as an adult. Her vision for the Moss Beach Ranch program is to keep kids involved in healthy, out-door activities while promoting talent and rewarding commitment. 

 

Renette Haugh Rambeau

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Renette has been an instructor at Moss Beach Ranch since 2001, teaching adults and children as young as five. CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) certified, Renette teaches Western and English with a focus on Horsemanship and English riding—including dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country. 

A long-time rider, Renette's passion for horses started at age 12, when she took her first lesson. She has been hooked ever since. In addition to teaching, Renette trains horses in the discipline of eventing. 

 

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Coleen Walsh

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Coleen Walsh is a Western Riding Instruction and Training specialist at Moss Beach Ranch. She teaches riders of all ages and levels of experience and combines health and fitness into all her riding programs.

Literally since she could sit up, Coleen has been riding all kinds of horses and competing in different events: dressage, jumping, pole bending, team penning, sorting, and barrel racing. She was a member of the Cow Palace Cowgirls Drill Team for two years, and then began coaching a team of her own. 

Coleen's life parallels her interests in being as active and engaged as possible in all that she does. In addition to her work at Moss Beach Ranch, Coleen owns and operates CW Studios, a fitness studio in Pacifica, where she teaches an average of ten exercise classes a week.

Coleen also has a significant interest in health, and is broadening her education so that she can continue to help others achieve their goals and live healthier lives. 

 

Dawn Grover

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Dawn says, "I feel so fortunate that I am able to combine my passion for horses and teaching in such a beautiful setting."

Possessed by a lifelong passion for horses Dawn began her teaching career over 20 years ago with the United States Pony; ten years ago she became the head instructor for the MVPC. Dawn has been the head instructor and director of the very popular Moss Beach Ranch Horse Camp for the last 5 years. Dawn also teaches private and group English lessons focusing on a basic balanced position and the overall care, maintenance and responsibility of horsemanship. She always seems to have a group of kids "helping out at the barn," as she strongly believes in mentoring and giving back to the community. 

When Dawn is not teaching she can be found training her Oldenburg gelding "Waverly" in the upper levels of dressage. Dawn has competed extensively in dressage and qualified horses and competed in CDS and USDF championships. She is an USDF bronze medalist.

 

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Ulrike Ruppelt

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Ulrike Ruppelt is a CHA certified riding instructor for English and Western and loves to train beginners or returning riders between 6 and 99 years old in the art and beauty of riding and coach them to higher levels.

Ulrike has taken riding lessons since the tender age of six. Her mother was an avid rider and thus most weekends were spent at riding stables, or at competitions. Her lessons took her to intermediate level. When she was 15, her mother acquired an Akhal Teke stallion who turned out to be a one man (girl) horse and was for years only ridden by Ulrike. He was a great Eventing horse, equally talented in dressage, jumping and crosscountry or for hunts in the fall.

This ignited a lifelong passion for this rare breed and today Ulrike is a proud owner of an Akhal Teke mare and active in the International Association for Akhal Teke horse breeding and riding.

 

Jessica Kipp

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Beginning her own riding journey at Moss Beach Ranch over 20 years ago, Jessica has come full circle and returned to the Ranch as a riding instructor and trainer.

With an early start in Western trail riding and 3-day eventing, Jessica has spent the last 14 years dedicated to dressage, showing in 3-star competitions throughout northern and central California. She's just two qualifying scores from earning her USDF Bronze medal.

In contrast, in 2014 Jessica competed in the Mongol Derby, a 620 mile race across Outer Mongolia on native Mongolian racehorses, which she trained for on the Ranch's miles of surrounding trails.

Jessica teaches riding lessons to ages 6 and up, beginner through advanced, English (and English converts!) She's also available for part-time training programs for horse and rider. All her instruction focuses on communicative and confident riding from correct basic principles, with an emphasis on integrated horsemanship.

Julia Epps

Julia first fell in love with horses at age two and to such an extent that her then four year old brother used to tell people “Julia was born for horses.” She began riding western pleasure at four years old and first attended Moss Beach Ranch’s summer horse camp at the age of five, ultimately taking year round weekly English pleasure and dressage lessons from her favorite MBR instructor. Over the years, she has competed in numerous dressage shows.

Julia is now a Certified Horsemanship Association riding instructor and trainer and enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Her focus lies primarily within the English disciplines but she also teaches western riding. Julia prides herself on teaching her students every aspect of being a true “horse person.” As such, in addition to learning how to ride, Julia’s students also learn horse safety, horse care, basic grooming and tacking skills and various techniques that come in handy when working with horses.

In addition to teaching at MBR, Julia also boards her beloved horse Quinn at the ranch and enjoys sharing him with her students.