Our Staff

Olivia "Liv" Coleman | BCRA Head Trainer & Program Director | liv@bellcanyonequestriancenter.com

Liv Coleman snuggles BCRA horse Thunder (seen here undercover as a dragon)
Liv Coleman snuggles BCRA horse Thunder (seen here undercover as a dragon)

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Liv gets a cuddle from BCRA horse Tuesday
Liv gets a cuddle from BCRA horse Tuesday

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Liv jumps Ribbons
Liv jumps Ribbons

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Liv Coleman snuggles BCRA horse Thunder (seen here undercover as a dragon)
Liv Coleman snuggles BCRA horse Thunder (seen here undercover as a dragon)

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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.  Liv oversees the riding school program, teaching and sharing her knowledge while growing the curriculum, the school, and its family of riders and horses.  She has 3 years of camp experience and loves working with our ponies and kids!

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 with BCRA Campers
McKenzie with BCRA Campers

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McKenzie Jumping
McKenzie Jumping

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McKenzie with BCRA Campers
McKenzie with BCRA Campers

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Corey Stein | Instructor

Corey Stein
Corey Stein

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

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Corey Stein
Corey Stein

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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.

Katrina Stines | BCRA Instructor

Katrina is both an avid rider and a budding journalist, having studied at Loyola Marymount University.

Katrina Stines
Katrina Stines

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Katrina and her horse Paradox K practice a fancy gait at Chad Mahaffey Stables
Katrina and her horse Paradox K practice a fancy gait at Chad Mahaffey Stables

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Katrina Stines
Katrina Stines

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Dakota Hokanson | Program Advisor

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

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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.

Grace Schifrin | Special Projects

Grace Schifrin is an LA native who began riding at the age of 5. She grew up riding dressage, classically trained, with a little jumping thrown in the mix as well. Through high school, Grace competed through IEL as well as continuing up the ranks at rated shows up to third level. She loves children and has worked around 6 years as a camp counselor and arts and crafts director. Grace is currently a Psychology major at California Lutheran University, but spends most of her free time around horses and kids.  Grace specializes in our youngest riders, working with camps, pony rides, and the Sapling program.

Grace Schifrin
Grace Schifrin

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Grace Schirin and BCRA school horse
Grace Schirin and BCRA school horse

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Grace Schifrin
Grace Schifrin

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Lisa Riccomini | BCEC President (Volunteer)

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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Lisa Riccomini
Lisa Riccomini

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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.

Ashley Forchelli | BCEC Vice President (Volunteer)

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.

Ashley Forchelli
Ashley Forchelli

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Ashley jumping Cubby
Ashley jumping Cubby

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Ashley Forchelli
Ashley Forchelli

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