Melinda has held a passion for animals throughout her entire life. Her dedication to their health and well-being has resulted in a career path that continuously changes lives. She found a love for 3 Day Eventing and from that stemmed a relationship with her equine that will forever change her as a rider. Castletown aka Townes, is a big bay Thoroughbred. Melinda listens to his needs and is diligent about his care. She is dedicated to move forward as a team, making barn nights together very frequent for these two.
Not only is Melinda a beautiful rider, she owns a mobile small animal veterinary service in the Spokane area! Melinda has received her Doctorate for Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. We have watched Melinda work with canines and felines in the area with comfort and an understanding of their needs. We have listened to clients of hers, hearing nothing but positive feedback. One client expressed immense gratitude for the care her dog received during his final moments. The job of an animal vet is challenging on many levels. We are grateful for all that Melinda has to offer our community through her work as a small animal veterinarian and her positive attitude at the shows and clinics. Thank you, Melinda, we are proud to have you in our community!
JUNE THROWBACK 2023
We have officially been featuring Rider of the Month for an entire YEAR! This month we have decided to go back through and appreciate all that have been selected in this year.
I Sarah was the first to be nominated in April 2022 for her enthusiasm and optimism. Chloe was nominated for her consistent smile and continuous growth based out of nothing but good intentions for the horse. Serena was selected for her ability to conquer any obstacle placed in front of her and her horses. Abi was nominated due to her poise and quick intuition with horses of any age group. Rosie was selected because of her extremely high quality care and attention she pays to each equine in her practice. Natasha was chosen for her professionalism and patience with the greenies in the show ring. Tyanne was nominated for her ability to openly communicate with her equine partner in an honest manner. Stalon was chosen due to his impact in the industry through equine education and overall kindness. Jenna was nominated for her drive to create a fun and stable environment. Londynne was nominated for her passion and willingness to grow through tough situations through open communication with her equine partner. Eddie for his dedication and humility in the industry. Maura, for her positive training and two way street communication with her equine friends. We nominated Janelle because of her positive attitude and constant smile; no matter what the circumstance. Grace has been nominated because of the impact she's made in the Eastern Washington dressage community.
Grace Safranski is based out of Mystical Rose Ranch in Liberty Lake where she manages boarding and training. She grew up riding any pony or horse she could get her hands on, and while showing in 4-H for many years with her Arabian/Halflinger pony, discovered and fell in love with Dressage. Starting off as a working student under dressage trainers, she grew into an assistant trainer position with Equilibrium Equestrian, and then eventually growing her own client base. She has worked diligently under the instruction of Jessica Wisdom and Kenton Wright to understand the art of riding and training dressage while creating versatile equine athletes. She is also a performing member of the Black Pearl Friesian Dance Troupe, and has trained and performed on many of the different Friesians in the Troupe.
She welcomes a variety of breeds and ages of horses, treating each of them as an athlete, closely monitoring them and being their dedicated trainer. She believes in a thoughtful training approach, using patience and fairness with her training tactics to obtain the desired outcome.
Grace is dedicated to her clients and their horses--willing to go the extra mile or take the extra time to get results. She enjoys teaching a range of students of all different levels, helping riders and horse’s partnerships develop.
Grace has been nominated because of the impact she's made in the Eastern Washington dressage community. Thank you for sharing your gift with horses, we appreciate you!
Janelle has been riding horses for many lifetimes- or so it may seem with the constant smile on her face. The saddle is a place of comfort and miles shared with loved ones. This is well known to Janelle as she cherishes every ride with healthy expectations and boundaries for her horses and herself. We have had the ability to watch Janelle in parts of her riding career as well as her presence in the local hunter jumper shows. In her riding, we see a diligent and hardworking horsewoman who is sturdy in boundaries but listens to the concerns of her horses.
At shows, we watched her at Spokane Regional Hunter Jumpers Debut Show in April, where Janelle single handedly wrangled time and competitors as a volunteer. This helped the show run smoothly and effectively with a bright smile and encouraging energy. Many comments were made over Janelle's ability to nurture the individual needs of each competitor as they entered the ring.
Due in early July, Janelle is expecting her first child. We could not be happier for her on this new adventure in motherhood and we cannot wait to see you in the ring or ringside with your mini!
We nominated Janelle because of her positive attitude and constant smile; no matter what the circumstance. Thank you for your positive stability in the industry, Janelle, we appreciate you!
Maura is a seasoned horse woman with over 20 years in the saddle. She has a passion for the english game; having her focus lie in jumpers and dressage. Though english is her main attire, she has dabbled in the world of western riding, making her style well rounded and versatile. Maura got her first horse when she was 23 and eager. She has since added to the heard with a Connemara filly with great promise in the jump ring. Maura has consistently used positive reinforcement and sturdy guidelines to cater to the needs of her horses. One proud moment was teaching her mare Naoma to load comfortably and confidently after a history of trailer trauma. Not long after, Maura engaged in starting her young horse McE. She is extremely proud of the progress and development her and McE both received while learning together. At this point, their goals are big but not far off! Maura dreams of taking McE up in the 1.00 M Jumpers someday. Watching the way she listens and communicates to her horses, we believe she will make it to her dreams! Maura states, “the most significant thing I've learned is that horses will forgive you for just about anything, but they shouldn't have to. If you make a mistake, let it be an honest mistake.”
We nominated Maura for her positive training and two way street communication with her equine friends. Great job Maura! We are proud of you!
Eddie is a native Texan, from the big city of Houston. He did not grow up with horses but he had great role models from watching old western movies and visiting one of the largest livestock shows and rodeos nearby. He says living in Houston was big city life except for rodeo time. To kick off the rodeo thousands of horses, their riders and wagons would travel on historic cattle trails into the city camping along the way. During the two weeks before the rodeo depending on the road you were on and timing you could be sharing the road with one of the trail riding groups. As he grew up the closest he got to being a cowboy was being active in the Boy Scouts going camping and backpacking all over Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. He earned his Eagle Scout ranking and enjoyed sleeping on the ground, being surrounded by nature and beautiful vistas. He attended the University of Dayton as an Art Education major concentrating in photography. He may have been majoring in art but he did everything he could to continue enjoying the outdoors and finding horses. During his time in college, he would travel to a local university to photograph their horse shows. He was able to make some great contacts at the university that got him directly involved in the horse community by teaching horse care at a summer camp, leading trail rides, and learning how to drive a wagon team. After college he worked as a farm caretaker and purchased my first horse. He worked full time in various positions in the medical industry, but has continued to grow and enjoy his horsemanship journey. Eddie started showing in the Ranch classes and fell in love. He rode with a long list of Top horsemen and women to help shape him and his horse as a versatile team. Since he lived in Columbus, OH he showed at the Quarter horse congress numerous years and each year he scored better and showed improvement. He also enjoys ranch sorting, really any cow work, obstacle challenges, trail riding, and will try anything if he can ride in a western saddle and jeans. Since moving to Greenacres, WA with his wife, and fur babies he continues to find wonderful community of equestrians. He shares, “my wife and I enjoy helping animals and humans through PEMF sessions (stache vitalty). I have also joined the S.C.O.P.E. Mounted Patrol working with the Spokane Sheriff dept to patrol county parks and report what we see back to authorities. We have also started a riding club called the Greenacres riding club through the Old Peoples riding club organization to bring us together to improve our horsemanship and continue learning. The riding club, Stache Vitality, and Stache Ranch sponsored a Horseman Gathering one day a month Dec-March at the Spokane County fairgrounds . This was a wonderful way to ride with old friends, and meet new ones. The price was $10 per horse and that allowed you access to the arena from 9a-5pm. The last date in 2023 is March 4, but we look forward to offering this next winter season as well.” Eddie is a great resource if you are looking to get started in Ranch Riding. If you are also interested in the local Ranch Horse classes check out “Spokane Ranch Horse connection” group on Facebook for more information on shows, clinics, and local trainers. Currently Eddie has started offering lessons, clinics, and training at Stache Ranch. He is excited to share what he has learned from his journey with horses. He shares, “I did not always have the best rides, or even feared going on a trail ride because I did not know what to expect from my horse or how embarrassed I would be. If this is you, I understand you, and can help."
Londynne has been riding for just over a year now. She has been focusing on the English discipline with the trusty and loving Enzo. With him, Londynne has been able to move forward in her skills with ease and confidence. Though she focuses on dressage and jumping, her involvement in WAHSET has exposed her to the adventures of the western disciplines as well.
“The growth and determination this young lady has shown is like no other. She is every trainers dream student. She listens and then try’s so hard to do what’s being asked and if she has questions she doesn’t hesitate to ask. She takes the time to go home and study what she has been taught and comes back the following week stronger and picks up right where she left off. Londynne as a freshman has chosen to join WAHSET and has taken the bull by the horns she takes every opportunity she can to learn and be a better horse man. she is not scared to try new things in the short year she has been riding she has done everything from Dressage, jumping, cattle sorting and is learning her barrel and pole patterns.” Says Brandy, who has had the blessing of watching Londynne grow.
Londynnes overall goal for the season is to become an all around better horseman and learning to communicate more effectively and be more open to receiving communication from Enzo. What a great goal Londynne! We here at Bountiful Roots Wellness are proud of you!
Jenna is a senior at Ridgefield High School in Clark County and is on the school’s equestrian team. She enjoys a variety of disciplines and has one western pleasure show horse and a gaming horse that does barrels, poles, drill, and cows. She is also the president of the galloping glory 4h club. She competes at the local open shows and a few paint shows with her horse. For fun, she taught my performance horse liberty and tackless riding, he can ride outside without a bridle, lunge with no lead, and knows stay and come. Her gaming horse competes in an 8 person drill team and enjoys learning new things. Jenna’s mom is the advisor for the high school team and they are active members of the saddle club.
It is an honor to choose you Jenna! Congratulations from Bountiful Roots Wellness and PNW Equine Network.
Stalon owns and operates RD Ranch Versatility Horses with his wife Teresa. Starting his career in the equine industry at a young age, he grew up learning the ropes of being a cowboy from his father, whom he looks up to a great deal. Together they rode and trained horses. Stalon learned a great deal from his childhood and eventually opened his own business in Nine Mile Falls, Wa. He focuses on being patient and confident with your equine friends. Stating “We are a team and I want my horses to think through problems instead of reacting to them. A lot of times in training, less is more.”
These words obviously resonate with his clients as one states, “Stalon loves sharing his extensive knowledge with as many people as he possibly can.” It has even been said that Stalon takes extra time in clinics, lessons, and even farrier work to go the extra mile in order to create a more successful horse and rider combo.
It is an honor to choose you Stalon! Congratulations from Bountiful Roots Wellness and PNW Equine Network.
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Tyanne has been indulging herself in equine sports since she was a young girl. Traveling to Hunter Jumper shows with her trusty steed Beamer and Frankie, they always knew how to brighten the days of those around them. Tyanne had many horses too love through her lifetime so far. She built relationships based on trust and respect with her equine partners, which in turn offered success in her showing career. Her current mount, Gretchen, is a mare trained in Dressage and Jumping; she LOVES her jump days. They have been building their relationship for 7 years now. You can see the love they have for one another through their playful nature. Great job, Tyanne! We are proud of the way you care for Gretchen with open and honest communication.
Our awards are meant to highlight a riders positive impact on the environment. Here are a few kind words we received about Natasha🤍
Natasha is a sweet soul who happens to be a fabulous rider as well. She produces top notch presentation at shows and her home base. She is also is very kind to her horses. - Kelsey McCarty
Natasha is an incredibly professional rider. She is a leader at shows not only for her beautiful riding abilities, but for her positive and encouraging attitude. Natasha offers the classic look while consistently focusing on self care for herself and equine friends. Natasha carries immense patience, when working with greenies to upper level steeds. -Stacie Howard
Wow! With all these kind words, how could we not nominate Natasha for Rider of the Month in September! Congratulations Natasha! We here at Bountiful Roots Wellness are so incredibly proud of your impact in the industry!
With the horse of a lifetime, Ferdi, Rosie indulges in dressage, show jumping, and cross country; and she does it in such style! Rosie is a beautiful rider, balanced with grace and understanding for her partner in the game. We have watched Rosie put in the time to better herself and her best friend through positive practices, bodywork, and continuous training. We have watched Rosie start a business from a personal passion which is leading her down a road to help horses in need.
Rosie owns and operates SURGE Equine where she specializes in PEMF Therapy. As we see a rise in new machines we are reminded that, “The machine is only as good as the practitioner behind it.” This statement runs true as we watch Rosie display as an example. She pays attention and cares for her clients. She is active in growing her knowledge and understanding. When using this specific therapy, she is the practitioner we call on 🤍
We love to celebrate a love of knowledge and growth, great job Rosie! We are proud to have you in the industry.
Abi is a bright young rider with an eye and feel that many of us wish we had. She has the ability to jump from one horse to another with poise and grace. Her calm demeanor comforts her equine partners as they accomplish their goals together. Abi has been competing in 3 day Eventing for the past few years and quickly moved her way up the ribbons with her hard work. Her dedication drives her practice as you can catch her at the barn at least 6 days a week! If you get a chance to watch this young rider compete, take it! We here at Bountiful Roots are so proud of you, Abi! Keep up the great work!
Serena Carlson has made her mark in the equine industry throughout the years by expressing her passions and vibrant character. She has dipped her toes into numerous disciplines from hunter jumpers to dressage to cowing around. Doing all of this with confidence and willingness to learn. While at the same time maintaining a healthy work play balance for herself and her horses. When we think of Serena, we think of her bold and witty personality paired with humility and great knowledge. Not only does her passions include horses, her job does too! Working with a well known vet, she has been given tools to succeed in multiple directions with her personal horses. She is a great example of how far you can go with proper self care, motivation, and a positive mindset. Great job Serena, we are proud of you!
Bountiful Roots is thrilled to announce our 2nd Rider of the Month, Chloe Dunsmoor! For the Month of May, we watched the young riders in the Spokane area. We watched the positive impact this specific young rider had on her horses and fellow friends. We watched Chloe take on a new horse with an eagerness to better herself and her young equine friend; while accepting imperfection as a learning curve. We watched Chloe enthusiastically cheer on every rider at the shows and clinics; not just her friends. And finally, we watched Chloe put in the time to grow in a positive direction.
Bountiful Roots Wellness would like to extend recognition for positive growth and development in tough situations. Great job, Chloe! We are so proud of you!
Sarah Lawrence is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and professional three day event rider and trainer that has extensive experience starting horses for dressage, eventing, and racing for private farms and trainers. She is European trained in classical dressage and her foundation in the jumping derives from the theory of dressage over fences. She operates a small sales barn, teaches lessons and is the PR Event Coordinator for Mario and Dacia Imperato. Sarah has been an equine specific vet tech since 2015 at a large referral hospital and specializes in emergencies, surgery, and sports med.