Caeli Cavanagh - Head Trainer
Caeli has worked for and with many accomplished trainers and competitors both in Iceland and abroad since 2004, including Carrie Lyons Brandt, Kristjan Kristjansson, Laura Benson, Guðmar Petursson, Sölvi Sigurðarsson, Siggi Sigurðarson, Mette Mannseth, and Jana Meyer. Caeli ́s soft riding and training has earned her many Feather Prize distinctions, as well as high marks in Holar University ́s Horsemanship and Instruction program, where she graduated with the highest score in her class, and graduating first class with distinction.
Additionally, as a tour member of the Knights of Iceland, Caeli has performed in shows around the country. During their North American Apassionata tour she developed a love of liberty training, which she has since incorporated into her training practice.
Also an accomplished academic, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology during which time she co-authored two research papers on visual perception and thoroughly studied Organizational and Abnormal Psychology.
Caeli seeks to integrate her love of horse training and psychology in order that horse and rider can attain peak performance in both mental and physical balance.
Alexandra Venable - Trainer
Alex has been working with Icelandic Horses since 2000 and since then has worked for big names in the US and around the world starting at age 18. These accomplished trainers and instructors include Carrie Brandt and Terral Hill, Gudmar Petursson, and Laura Benson in the US and champion trainers and breeders Eyrun Yr, Jessie Hujbers, and Omar Ingi Omarsson. Alex has also had a successful competition record achieving the highest national ranking in both 2015 and 2016 in T4 (loose rein tolt competition). Her unique work in bridleless riding has earned her special recognition and a special relationship with her horses.
Linda & Dick Templeton
The Templetons are owners and proprietors of Red Feather Icelandics
Drawn to the Pacific Northwest by its beauty, Dick and Linda Templeton accidentally discovered Icelandic Horses. Their first year in the area, the Pan American International Endurance Ride took place in the Mt. Adams area. They headed up to the horse camp to see the riders. When they looked through the pastures at all the magnificent horses, they were drawn to a corral with several small horses. The sun was slanting through the clouds in rays, reflecting off flowing manes and tails blowing in the breeze...and both the love affair and the adventure began.