Head Trainer - Jennifer Burk
Jennifer Burk began taking riding lessons while in preschool at the Willow Bend Polo Club in Dallas. After her family moved to Fort Worth, her mother was one of the founding members of the Fort Worth Pony Club (now Thundering Hooves in Weatherford.) Pony Club kept her occupied from first to third grade, when Jennifer began Eventing with Laura Miller. Jennifer was with Laura until seventh grade and then Evented with Andie Witchen through high school.
In 1995, Jennifer earned her BS in Equestrian Science from Lake Erie College where she competed through third level dressage and evented through preliminary level. Jennifer has experience in training and showing foxhunters, hunters and jumpers. Jennifer's main focus is eventing and dressage.
After college, Jennifer worked as a trainer at barns in Ohio, Colorado, and locally before branching out on her own to form Deer Creek Stables. Jennifer’s clients are consistently impressed with her unique way of teaching that inspires confidence and competence in her riders. Jennifer is also an ICP Level 1T certified instructor through the United States Eventing Association (USEA). Jennifer is a single mom with a son in high school and twin daughters in elementary school.
Currently, Jennifer rides with Elizabeth Madlener, a USEF "S" judge since 1980 and USDF "L" faculty member, as well as Stuart Black, a former member of the Canadian Equestrian Team , a competitor and winner of Rolex, Badminton and two Pan American Games. She has also ridden with Don Sachey and participated in clinics with Jimmy Wofford.
Assistant Trainer - Angie Heflin
Angie grew up around horses and ponies. She was the typical horse crazy kid. Reading every book written by Walter Farley and never missing episodes of Fury. Her riding experience consisted of playing around on her uncle's cutting horses on weekends. Although she didn't establish a formal discipline until she found Jennifer in 2001, she did have basic horsemanship and determination.
Angie evented for a bit but found her true love in dressage. She has ridden with Brad Cutshall, an FEI rider, trainer, and clinician, Don Sachey, Level IV Certified Instructor, USEA and former member of USET and she rides twice a year with Elizabeth Madlener, a USEF "S" and USDF "L" judge. Angie is currently showing 1st level.
Angie has a unique advantage with people new to horses. She can still remember the difficulty in acquiring the balance and coordination skills needed to ride in an english saddle! The challenge of gaining the correct skills to influence a horse and the difficult concept of dressage are always close in her mind making her an empathetic teacher. Angie also works with many green horses teaching the early skills such as lounging, ground manners, and basic dressage through First Level.
Angie is married with two children and two grand children. In the world outside of Deer Creek Stables she works as a hygienist.
Assistant Trainer - Keri Hamrick
Bio to come
Assistant Trainer - Rachel Herod
Rachel Herod is DCS assistant trainer who began riding as an eight year old with Jennifer twelve years ago. Rachel credits Jennifer with cultivating her love for Eventing. She rode briefly under Steve McGreggor of Castle Rock in Ft. Worth, TX before following Jennifer to Deer Creek, where she has been since it opened in 2004. Now at twenty years old, she balances being a full-time student at UTA and actively playing a part in the Deer Creek community. Rachel is an instructor, trainer, competitor and Lesson Coordinator. She is an excellent choice to school and new horses over stadium or cross country jumps.
Rachel competes through First Level Dressage, but her passion is eventing. She is currently competing at Training level eventing and frequently rides in clinics with USET member Don Sachey and Grand Prix level trainer, USEF "S" and USDF "L" judge Elizabeth Madlener. Rachel appreciates the technical aspect of riding different fences and is a very patient teacher. She loves working with students of all ages and abilities. She is a favorite choice for many of our young riders.
Assistant Trainer - Sarah Nores
Bio coming soon!