Our Staff

Introducing Lisa Laplace

Lisa is recognized by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) as a Professional Horsemen. With over three decades of experience, Lisa has developed a time honored method of coaching and training. Safety, Smiles, laughter and learning go hand in hand to develop confident and accomplished riders. Starting with a "Functional Seat" riders can move into any discipline they choose. Lisa has coached riders from very basic goals to a national level show team! Whatever goals the student sets, Lisa can make it happen!




Our very special Red Austrialian Cattle Dog Mascot!

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Gogo has been the Rafter L Mascot since his birth!

He loves children, playing ball, and tricks for treats, and horse showing. His dream is to be a video star!

Meet our four-legged part of the teaching team!
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Art Smart aka "Arty"

Sponsored by Sue and Ernest Mendez

Arty has amazing experience in the show pen that he brings to the lesson pen. His teaching creditials include: Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Hunt Seat Equitation. He has earned Open, Youth and Amateur, Novice Youth and Amateur Points. He is an asset to both the lesson program as well as our entry level show program.
Wishes also has amazing experience in the show pen that she brings to the lesson pen. Her teaching creditials include: Western Pleasure, Trail, Showmanship, Horsemanship. She has earned many APHA points. She loves the little ones and is evryones first ride at Rafter L.

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In Loving Memory

Thanks for your patience with me and my students. You touched the lives of so many. Both children and adult learned confidence, compassion, and love. It was an honor to work with you. You were truly ambassadors of good will.

~Thank You

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Gees Magee



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"A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks besides you."
- Unkown