Our Staff

McKenzie Collins | Instructor

McKenzie Collins is an LA native, born and raised, who began riding at age 5. Her passion for horses started with the local school barn, eventually moving up to a competitive show barn. Through her junior years, she actively showed on the AA circuit in Equitation, Hunters, and Jumpers throughout Southern California. Following her college career, she continued to ride as well as work in various industries, including film, television, and marketing.

Atalya Boytner | Instructor

An LA native, Atalya Boytner began riding at Mill Creek when she was six years old. She left at eighteen to be a working student at an OTTB retraining and eventing sales barn in Maryland where she helped train and compete sale horses across the national levels. She captained the Bennington College IHSA Equestrian Team and graduated in 2018; her work with collegiate riding earned her the 2018 USHJA/IHSA Regional Sportsmanship Award. Since leaving school, she has worked with graduates of the Vienna Spanish School of Riding, top trainers of the Nuno Olivera method, and FEI eventing trainers such as Phyllis Dawson, Sharon White, and Andrea Pfeiffer. She returned to Mill Creek as an instructor, where she found tremendous joy and satisfaction teaching students of all levels. Three years later, the joy of teaching is supplemented by the joy of learning with her new eventing horse, Spartan Strength, whom she is competing at Training with hopes of going Preliminary in the coming year.

Judy French | Instructor

Judy French is a teacher, writer, bullying prevention advocate, and longtime equestrian who started riding at age 6.  In her riding life she has shown Quarter Horses (Western Pleasure, Equitation, Showmanship, Trail, Gymkhana) and Arabians (Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, In-Hand, and Dressage). She believes that horses are the best thing that could ever happen to a human being and strives to impart that enthusiasm to all her students.  In her life outside of the barn, she runs the Los Angeles office of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and promotes creating healthy communities through kindness, acceptance of difference, and inclusion.

Ashley Forchelli | Community Liaison

BCEC Board Member Ashley Forchelli is a Bell Canyon homeowner and constant presence at the barns.  She combines many years of successful entrepreneurship with a deep love of horses and is excited to lead the BCRA into a new era.  Along with her passion for riding, Ashley is an avid photographer and mother of two.

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Bell Canyon Equestrian Center | 29 Baymare Rd. Bell Canyon, CA 91307 | (818) 346-9879