Our Staff

Dakota Hokanson | BCRA Curriculum Coordinator | dakota@bellcanyonequestriancenter.com

Dakota gets snuggles and kisses from Flokie
Dakota gets snuggles and kisses from Flokie

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Dakota and Flokie (aka Moose) take a jump
Dakota and Flokie (aka Moose) take a jump

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Dakota started her journey in the Western world with Reiners and Arabians competing in various Western and English pleasure classes, and showmanship and equitation around her birth place of Salt Lake City, Utah. By age 10, she moved on to the world of Hunters and Jumpers, where she went on to compete statewide, from Arizona, to Colorado, to Nevada, in the Jumper arena. By 13, her family had moved to California, where she joined the local Pony Club, challenging the ranks all the way to C2; she then moved on to working with young Off Track Thoroughbreds as a working student, again competing Dressage, Eventing and Jumpers. She has since then gone from working student, to assistant trainer, to freelance trainer throughout southern California, continuing to ride and train her current OTTB project horse. Dakota oversees the riding school program, teaching and sharing her knowledge while growing the curriculum, the school, and its family of riders and horses.

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.

McKenzie Collins
McKenzie Collins

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McKenzie Jumping
McKenzie Jumping

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Olivia Coleman | Instructor

Olivia Coleman
Olivia Coleman

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Olivia Jumping Ribbons
Olivia Jumping Ribbons

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Olivia Coleman is an LA native who has been riding horses since she was six years old. She has competed in dressage and Hunter/Jumpers and is currently combining her skills in all disciplines to enter the world of eventing on her OTTB, Ribbons, that she trained herself. Olivia is currently a college student majoring in criminology but always finds herself happiest on a horse. She has 3 years of camp experience and will be working with our ponies and kids!

Corey Stein | Instructor

Corey began riding at age 5, spending every day possible at the barn. After growing up riding hunt seat, they adopted their first horse, Pepper, a blind Appaloosa, at 14. Pepper was a huge part of Corey’s equestrian and spiritual journey. Corey spent many years showing Pepper and their other horse, Dexter, at local shows in both english flat and western dressage, as well as the USHJA Gold Coast circuit. Corey now enjoys sharing the love of the sport with others by teaching beginners how to ride. In addition to horses, they are also a children’s art teacher with a degree in Psychology from California State University, East Bay. Corey specializes in helping riders achieve confidence both in and out of the saddle as well as helping students learn about horsemanship, groundwork, and overall equine health.

Corey Stein
Corey Stein

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Corey in a joyful dressage moment
Corey in a joyful dressage moment

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Allison Dewey | Instructor

Allison Dewey
Allison Dewey

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Allison Dewey started riding at 13 years old and is majoring in Equine Science to continue learning about riding and horsemanship. She has competed in local gymkhanas but loves any time spent around horses, including trail rides and arena work. She has been working with kids since she was in high school and is excited to share her passion with horses with others. She is the newest member of the BCRA staff and currently works with our youngest riders and our ponies.

Lisa Riccomini | BCEC President (Volunteer)

BCEC Board President Lisa Riccomini is a country girl from central California who brings a passion not just for horses, but for innovation and community outreach, to the BCRA development team.  Whether it's fundraising, program designing, student outreach, scouting horses, or even just mucking stalls, Lisa stays involved with the BCRA on a daily basis.  Her other full-time jobs?  Co-presiding over the BCA Board, being a mom to another spunky equestrienne, and helping CSUN students reach their highest academic potential.

Lisa Riccomini
Lisa Riccomini

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Lisa and Mia - picture by Bull Magazine
Lisa and Mia - picture by Bull Magazine

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Ashley Forchelli | BCEC Vice President (Volunteer)

Ashley Forchelli
Ashley Forchelli

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Ashley jumping Cubby
Ashley jumping Cubby

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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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