Show Stable Trainers

Portrait of Jim Hagman

Elvenstar Founder, Head Coach, Instructor

Action Image of Kay Altheuser

Regional Show Director, Trainer, Coach

Our Philosophy

Good horsemanship requires compassion, respect, patience, a sense of responsibility, a desire to learn and a positive attitude – attributes which are important in any walk of life.

James Hagman

Elvenstar Founder | Head Coach | Instructor

Trainer Jim Hagman

James Hagman is the Founder, Head Coach and Instructor of Elvenstar. As founder, he not only laid the foundation, but also presented and developed each aspect of the business.

His systematic teaching emphasizes the art of communication between the horse and the rider. He has a passion to his teaching style that is very positive and enthusiastic. Building confidence and poise is a top priority. Jim’s training and coaching excellence has played a role in a long list of successful riders including top placings and wins at the most successful competitions in North America.

With an extensive and varied horsemanship background from Western to dressage, Jim has been trained and mentored by some of the world’s elite traditional and professional horseman. Additionally he works with many of the most world class trainers in North America, Europe and Latin America.

He has been featured in many national magazines including Practical Horseman and the Chronicle of the Horse amongst others. He is also a part time coach at Stanford University.

    • Hunter Division
    • Grand Champion – Junior Hunter
      Washington Intl Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Olivia Esse & Illusion
    • WCHR Emerging Professional Championship
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Marla Amormino
    • Champion (2 times) – Junior Hunter Classic
      Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA
      Katie Gardner & Amadeus, Olivia Esse & Country Grammar
    • Champion – Junior Hunter Classic
      National Horse Show, New York, NY
      Elsa Horrigan & Rainland Prince

    • Equitation Division
    • Reserve National Champion -Eiser/ Pessoa AHSA Hunter Seat Equitation Finals
      Harrisburg, PA
      Katie Gardner
    • Top 12 (6 times) – ASPCA Maclay National Championship
      New York City, NY
      Katie Gardner 4x, Elsa Horrigan, Morgan Taylor
    • Top 10 (3 times) WIHS Equitation Classic
      Washington D.C.
      Katie Gardner, Elsa Horrigan
    • Champion & Reserve Champion – National Children’s Medal Final
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, MD
      Shelby Wakeman, Whitney Coleman
    • Champion – Equitation 15 yr old division
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Katie Gardner
    • Reserve National Champion
      Stanford Equestrian Team
    • National Champion – IHSA Cacchione Cup
      Sarah Willeman

    • Jumper Division
    • Team Silver Medal / Individual Bronze Medal – USEF National Junior Jumper Championship
      Harrisburg PA
      Katie Gardner
    • Team Silver Medal and Individual Bronze Medal – NAJYRC Championships
      Katie Gardner
    • Champion – 16-year-old Equitation
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Morgan Geller
    • Champion – North American Flat Equitation Championships
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Morgan Geller
    • Reserve Champion – North American Junior Equitation Championship
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington D.C.
      Morgan Geller
    • USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Finals
      Harrisburg, PA
      Morgan Geller 8th place in 2011
      Rachel Thurman 11th place in 2009
    • Qualified for Emerging Athlete Program – National Level
      Henley Adkins

LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE
National
    • Hunter Division
    • Grand Champion – Junior Hunter
      Washington Intl Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Olivia Esse & Illusion
    • WCHR Emerging Professional Championship
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Marla Amormino
    • Champion (2 times) – Junior Hunter Classic
      Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA
      Katie Gardner & Amadeus, Olivia Esse & Country Grammar
    • Champion – Junior Hunter Classic
      National Horse Show, New York, NY
      Elsa Horrigan & Rainland Prince

    • Equitation Division
    • Reserve National Champion -Eiser/ Pessoa AHSA Hunter Seat Equitation Finals
      Harrisburg, PA
      Katie Gardner
    • Top 12 (6 times) – ASPCA Maclay National Championship
      New York City, NY
      Katie Gardner 4x, Elsa Horrigan, Morgan Taylor
    • Top 10 (3 times) WIHS Equitation Classic
      Washington D.C.
      Katie Gardner, Elsa Horrigan
    • Champion & Reserve Champion – National Children’s Medal Final
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, MD
      Shelby Wakeman, Whitney Coleman
    • Champion – Equitation 15 yr old division
      Capital Challenge Horse Show, Washington, D.C.
      Katie Gardner
    • Reserve National Champion
      Stanford Equestrian Team
    • National Champion – IHSA Cacchione Cup
      Sarah Willeman
    • Champion – LAHJA Senior Medal Final
      Elsa Horrigan, Cami Pease

    • Jumper Division
    • Team Silver Medal / Individual Bronze Medal – USEF National Junior Jumper Championship
      Harrisburg PA
      Katie Gardner
    • Team Silver Medal and Individual Bronze Medal – NAJYRC Championships
      Katie Gardner

West Coast
    • Champion -United States Equestrian Team (USET) Talent Search West
      Katie Gardner
    • Champion – USEF Zone 10 Adult Equitation Medal
      Jessica Griggs
    • Champion (2 times) -United States Equestrian Federation Zones 8, 9 and 10
      Katie Gardner, Elsa Horrigan
    • Champion-ASPCA Maclay Region 7 and Region 8
      Vanessa Holsberry, Torri Emmel
    • Champion (2 times) -LAHJA Jr. Medal Final
      Rebecca Wolfson, Elsa Horrigan
    • Champion – LAHJA Horsemanship Medal Final (2 times)
      Malina Munshi. Henley Adkins
    • Champion – LAHJA Senior Medal Final
      Elsa Horrigan
    • Champion – WCE Barbara Worth Medal Final
      Katie Gardner
    • Champion – Onondarka Medal Finals (3 times) and Reserve Champion (2 times)
      Britney Beltcher, Kasey Ament, Katie Garnder, Whitney Coleman, Shelby Wakeman
    • Champion – Rosewood Medal Final (7 times total, 5 years in a row)
      Rebecca Wolfson, Britney Beltcher, Katie Garnder, Kasey Ament, Elsa Horrigan, Ali Ohringer, Olivia Esse
    • Champion – SFVHSA 12 and Under Medal Final
      Malina Munshi, Megan Jendro, Kira Zelman
    • Champion – CPHA Childrens-Adult Medal
      Malina Munshi
    • Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) qualified riders
      Malina Munshi (2x), Chelsea James, Henley Adkins (2x)

    • Board of Directors
    • California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA)
    • Los Angeles Horse Show Association (LAHSA)
    • Pacific Coast Horse Association – Equitation Committee (PCHA)

    • Board of Directors – Past
    • San Fernando Valley Horse Show Association (SFVHSA)
    • Tri-Valley Horse Show Association (TVHSA)
    • City of Thousand Oaks Equestrian Advisory Panel
    • United States Equestrian Federation National Equitation Committee (USEF)
    • Consultant, Stanford University – Collegiate Equestrian Program and Facility Design

Oval Exercise Over Jumps
Published on Jan 7, 2015

Join Jim Hagman and his rider Katie Gardner aboard the beautiful young hunter, Crush, as they demonstrate one of Jim’s favorite exercises. This oval exercise has multiple benefits, helping the rider to sharpen lateral and diagonal aids, fine tune stride adjustment while brightening the horse’s jump and landing the lead.

View the full length version of this video topic on EquestrianCoach.com

Teaching the Automatic Release Over Jumps – Part 1
Published on Dec 3, 2014

The automatic release is an essential skill in every good rider’s toolbox. The use of it promotes a soft elastic connection with the mouth that follows the horse’s neck (bascule) over a jump. Additionally, the automatic release or following arms, illustrates the independence of the rider’s seat and legs. In this topic Jim Hagman, founder and head coach of Elvenstar (one of the West Coast’s most successful show stables), presents his formula for introducing and perfecting this, the most advanced release. Joining Jim as demonstrator is his superstar student, Sydney Hutchins, whose mastery of the automatic release was evident recently during her two giant wins – the 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West and the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regionals West!

Teaching the Automatic Release Over Jumps – Part 2
Published on Dec 19, 2014

Teaching the Automatic Release Over Jumps – Part 3
Published on Dec 24, 2014

CONTACT JAMES HAGMAN

Main: (805) 529-2800
Fax: (805) 857-5519
 jameshagman@elvenstar.com

Kay Altheuser

Regional Show Director | Trainer | Coach

In 2000 Kay joined Jim Hagman and the Elvenstar team. As Head of Elvenstar’s Regional Program, Kay has helped to coach students to victories in the USEF Medal and Maclay finals, Zone 10 Medal Finals, LAHJA and SFHJA Medal Finals, Jr Hunter Finals, and numerous championships from local to national levels. Kay has taken several Elvenstar riders through the the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program since its inception in 2008, coached numerous students to wins in the LAHJA Horsemastership competition, and is very involved with the equestrian community.

Currently she is President of the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association (LAHJA) and serves on the USHJA Zone 10 Committee.

Kay is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer and holds a national “R” license for judging hunters and equitation with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Background

A native of southern California, at the age of 15 Kay began as a working student for Liz and Lew Helms at the Los Angeles Children’s Riding Center. Through Lew Helm’s contacts, her outside influences included Jimmy Williams, Clyde Kennedy, and Gene Lewis. Within a few years she was teaching lessons, riding, competing successfully on the “A” circuit, and for the ensuing ten years was head instructor at Ahead With Horses, a riding program for the disabled.

Kay studied Animal Science and Journalism at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, where she was the captain of the intercollegiate equestrian team as well as manager of the intercollegiate horse shows held on campus.

She spent two decades working for many of the top trainers in California including Jane Shaw, Mike Neilsen, Victor Hugo-Vidal, and Mark Mullen, as well as ten years with Rudy Leone at Leone Equestrian in Sacramento. As a part of the Sacramento equestrian community, Kay served as Vice President with the Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association (SAHJA) for several years and is also a SAHJA approved judge. Through this extensive experience, over the years Kay learned the intricacies of successful breeding, training and competition programs.

Contact Kay Altheuser

Main: (805) 529-2800
Mobile: (805) 857-5456
kay@elvenstar.com