ABOUT US

Lydia Singer- President and Head Lunger

I was raised in Glide, Oregon riding my grandmother's Arabian horses, and any other horse that came my way. I trained and competed in Dressage, English, Western pleasure and trail with my local 4-H club. I was also involved in the USDF Jr. Young Riders program. Horses have always been my passion and drive in life. It followed me to Central Oregon when I moved here in 1999 to attend the COCC massage therapy program. I have had the opportunity to work as a wrangler at Rock Springs Guest Ranch, manage a small private horse ranch where I learned a lot about Polo, and work as a groom at Elevate Sport Horses. Over the years I was given the opportunity to work for and train with talented Dressage trainers such as Racheal Van den Burg, and Diane Van den Burg.

I am thrilled and delighted to be a part of the growing vaulting community here in Central Oregon and have 2 daughters who are passionate vaulters. Thanks to Ruthann’s training and mentoring I have found a new passion in training and lunging our club vaulting horses.  I am thankful that the beautiful sport of vaulting has found a home in our lives and look forward to seeing it grow in our community.

Holly Hansen - Board Chair, Tuesday Coach, Lunger

I grew up in Eugene, OR riding and showing Welsh ponies, around 16 I started training unbroke horses, showing hunter/jumpers and dressage. Through college, I taught riding lessons to both youth and adults, coached dressage for high school equestrian team, instructed at Eugene pony club (a local club that covered the basics of western riding and gaming events) and worked as an Equine vet tech for Epona Sport horse.

After graduating for college I worked in several supervisory positions at the Children's Farm Home (a psychiatric residential center for youth) including their therapeutic riding program. The 5 years before I had my 3 girls I managed a boarding barn, along with starting and growing a riding lesson program. I have always loved teaching and sharing my love for horses with others.

Now that my girls are a little older and have developed a strong love for vaulting I look forward to coaching, learning, and hosting Hope Mountain Vaulters at my home. I'm excited to get to know each vaulter, watch them grow as vaulters, and progress toward their goals. With the mentorship of Ruthann Steere, I have confidence that Hope Mountain Vaulters will continue to provide a safe, fun, exciting learning environment through weekly classes, monthly clinics, and competitions.   

Kristi Dueber - American Vaulting Association Judge and HMV Mentor/Trainer

We are fortunate to have Kristi Dueber as part of the HMV family. As an active vaulting judge and former competitive vaulter Kristi brings great experience to our club. In addition to managing her local business, Kristi is generously helping to mentor our lungers and coaches as well as providing evaluation and guidance to our vaulters. She is in the process of getting certified as an international judge too. You can visit Kristi's wonderful restuarant, Bad Wolf Bakery & Bistro in downtown Bend!

Kileen Miller- Monthly Guest Coach and Clinician for all classes

I grew up extremely passionate for any and all sports that involved performance and gymnastics. I competed in gymnastics for multiple years before becoming part of a performance team which combined gymnastics, aerial arts, and equestrian vaulting.

During my five years with Defy Gravity Performance, I was able to grow my ability to combine artistry and horsemanship. I have coached gymnastics and aerial arts for seven years and find that these sports provide a foundation for the body mechanics and artistry essential to vaulting.

For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of coaching equestrian vaulting for various teams and levels of kids. I have traveled all around the U.S. to work with world champion vaulters, coaches, and horses, and am currently a Silver level equestrian vaulter.

My favorite part of coaching vaulting is having the opportunity to build positive character and strong athletes.

Gillian Ockner - Secretary, Monday/Thursday Coach, Assistant Lunger

I have extensive dance training, I performed in classical jazz through grade school and college in addition to some hip hop and ballet too. I was a certified aerobics instructor for a number of years after college. I am currently taking yoga, pilates, strength, boxing and spin classes to keep strong and fit and to give me ideas for how to train our vaulters in this physically demanding sport.

I have also loved horses my whole life and trained in a variety of disciplines from western pleasure to dressage to jumping to working equitation. I worked as a wrangler in the Sierra Nevada mountains from high school to college and still love to be on the trail with my horses as much as possible. I even did vaulting as a kid at camp and feel lucky to return to the sport with my child. I am currently training my horses in dressage and working equitation. 

Carol Good - Treasurer

Known to the club as Grandma Carol, I have extensive experience in accounting and managing a financial institution. I enjoy book keeping and providing financial oversight for the club. It is a pleasure watching my granddaughter grow in vaulting too. 

Ilka Hosking - At-Large Board Member, Hope Mountain Vaulters Barn Manager

Ilka and her family have recently moved to their new home on Cline Falls Road and have generously offered to host Hope Mountain Vaulters in their indoor arena. Ilka's daughter Emma previously vaulted with Woodside Vaulters and joined Hope Mountain Vaulters when they relocated to Central Oregon. Their enthusiasm and experience with vaulting has been a great asset to the club. Ilka is at every practice and is growing her skills in coaching, lunging and more in support of the club. As barn manager, boarding our vaulting horses, she plays a big role in the health and well being of Hope Mountain Vaulters. 

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