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Join us in Welcoming Wayne Miller to the Team!

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Equine Center Manager
Wayne Miller

Triple 8 Equine Center welcomes its new Equine Center Manager, Wayne Miller.  Wayne grew up and has lived most of his life in northern Colorado.  His passion and love of horses has resulted in a successful teaching career in the education of equine sciences and equine management at the collegiate level as well as with 4-H and FFA members throughout Colorado.  

Wayne graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Agricultural Business.  This was when he began his career educating others on equine science and equine management.  His teaching career allowed him to instruct others on equine health, light horse management, equine management, equine reproduction, and equine evaluation courses. Furthermore, he assisted in teaching beginners through advanced colt breaking courses and stable operation courses. 

 

Eventually, Wayne found his way back to his alma mater, CSU, as the ETRC Facilities Manager/Event Coordinator/Animal Welfare.  Duties included overseeing all daily operations/activities for all equine events at the ETRC; develop, implement and maintain standard operating procedures for the ETRC program; and maintain and sustain high standards of cleanliness in all equine facilities.  

 

This role also put Wayne in charge of training, supervising, and managing student workers who were responsible for feeding horses and cleaning/organizing the facility.  Wayne also scheduled and supervised CSU sponsored events such as equine club competitions, horse shows and horse competitions as well as CSU Rodeo Team Advisor.

 

For nearly 20 years, Wayne worked with and guided college students’ equine management courses.  His knowledge and skills were a great asset to helping students with job placement post-graduation.  His expertise allowed him to coach students on ranch horse versatility teams, horse training programs, and horse judging teams!  

 

Wayne’s been active in 4-H activities his entire life.  His strong compassion for the 4-H program has led him to take part and work closely with several 4-H programs over the years, service as fair board member, horse committee member and even serve as member of the State of Colorado Horse Committee.  He’s also utilized his college coaching credentials to coach several county 4-H and FFA horse judging teams and county fair horse shows throughout WY, CO and NE.  He has served on the National Western Stock Show Horse Committee for three years.

 

Triple 8 Equine Center is excited to have Wayne Miller join the staff and even more excited to see how he can expand and build upon the great quality services the equine center offers!

Ashley Kanzenbach

Keeli Parker

Olivia Schremmer

Emma Pearson

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Wyatt Schmidtberger

Ashley Kanzenbach joins Triple 8 Equine Center's as one of its new riding instructors!

Growing up on a dairy farm in western Oklahoma, Ashley's love for riding sparked at a young age! Horses were a daily part of her family's lives both on the farm and for play. Ashley was an active member of 4-H growing up, and that was where she started her formal equine education. She showed in events such as Halter, Trail and Showmanship. Rodeo became her passion during her teen years, competing in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping. She competed throughout her high school career.

Ashley found her true passion in the pastures and prairies surrounding her family's 300 acres of red dirt. Her family participated in many annual trail rides across western Oklahoma and Texas with some of the most knowledgeable horsemen and women in the industry.

Outside of riding lessons, Ashley serves as a resource math para for Hays High School and is an assistant cheerleading coach for Fort Hays State University.

Triple 8 Equine Center is excited to have Ashley Kanzenbach join the staff!
 Triple 8 Equine Center welcomes Keeli Parker as one of its new riding instructors! 

Keeli is from Larned, KS, where she still resides! Her passion for horses began at a very young age! At the age of seven, she joined 4-H and was involved in horse projects. This allowed her to compete in horse quiz bowls and horse judging clinics. She’s even completed level 1 and level 2 riding tests! 

Outside of 4-H, Keeli began showing competitively at other associations in and around Kansas, including Halter, Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Western Please, Horsemanship Trail, Reining, Barrels, Poles, Key Hole and Flags! She’s shown as a youth all the way up to amateur status. 

Keeli has been giving riding lessons for 15 years to local kids and 4-H members. She also judges horse shows at county fairs. For the last three years, she’s been running barrels and poles, as well as being on the Santa Fe Trail Rodeo Queen Committee! 

Outside of riding instructions, Keeli owns and operates a successful dog grooming business! 

Triple 8 Equine Center is excited to have Keeli Parker join the staff! 
 Meet Olivia Schremmer – one of Triple 8 Equine Center’s new riding instructors! 

Olivia moved to Gorham, KS at the age of three! From a young age Olivia showed a strong interest in horses, expressing to her family that she wanted a black horse named “Dollar”! From that moment on, her world revolved around horses! 

Rodeo plays a significant part of Olivia’s life! She’s competed in and has won various events including KWHA, High School Rodeo, KPRA’s, and PRCA rodeos. Her dedication and horsemanship has earned her high recognition, praise and respect within the rodeo community. 

Olivia has been giving riding lessons since she was 15 years old. She began her lesson career at Olivia’s Rocking S Riding Lessons in Walker, KS in order to pay for her barrel horse. She loves sharing her passion with those more interested in the equine industry, and credits much of her knowledge and skill to her late grandfather who served as her role model and mentor! 

Outside of riding instructions, Olivia is pursuing her biology degree from Fort Hays State University! 

Triple 8 Equine Center is excited to have Olivia Schremmer join the staff! 
Hi, I’m Emma Pearson and I’m from Broken Bow Nebraska. I’m currently a freshman at Fort Hays State University majoring in elementary education. I grew up in the Western industry competing in several different events such as; barrel racing, pole bending, and cutting. Being that I have a background in several different events, I felt that it allowed me to be diverse in a variety of equine events. Growing up I had a large focus on horsemanship allowing for me to have a solid foundation and fundamentals.

Throughout junior high and high school rodeo, I qualified for several different major events such as; The National High School Finals, The Junior World Finals, and The Junior Patriot Finals. I have also been able to work for several renowned trainers, as well as, participate in several advanced clinics. This has helped me to progress in my horsemanship journey, as well as, my competitive journey. 

 

Being that I have experience giving lessons; I look forward to giving lessons at Triple Eight Equine. I started giving lessons about two years ago to some children and adults. I very much enjoy giving lessons because it blends my two passions of riding and education. I have found that there isn’t anything I enjoy more than seeing a horse and rider combo progress in their skills.

Triple 8 Equine Center is excited to have Emma Pearson join the staff!

Meet Wyatt Schmidtberger - One of Triple 8 Equine Center's Part-Time Employees. 

Wyatt is a junior at Victoria High School and one of Wade & Jody Schmidtberger's triplets.

Wyatt started riding with his dad at a very young age and still continues to today. Along with that he trains horses, and is also a bull rider.

Wyatt has been working part-time at Triple 8 Equine for a little over a year now. You may see Wyatt riding horses, hauling hay, cleaning stalls, mowing or just helping clients and their horses. There is no job too big or too small for Wyatt.

We are proud to have Wyatt as a part of the Triple Eight Team.
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