Meet the trainers of Woodstock Ranch
Woodstock Ranch is home to Nell Tekampe Performance Horses. Nell Tekampe is a World Champion rider, trainer, and coach. Nell has been training horses professionally for over 20 years. She has experience training and showing in a variety of disciplines including western pleasure, hunter under saddle, pleasure driving, trail, showmanship and equitation, western riding, and western dressage. She has trained and coached over 50 world, reserve world, and congress champions and the number one youths in the nation. Nell has shown a variety of breeds. She specializes in stock horses, particularly paints, but enjoys working with all types and breeds.
Nell heads up the western show team, western dressage team, and Woodstock Ranchers drill team. She enjoys teaching lessons to every level of rider from beginner to advanced and believes that riding horses is a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime because the more you learn, the more there is to learn.
As a trainer, Nell has had an opportunity to work with hundreds of horses from starting colts to finished horses. The variety or horses, and the amount of experience she has gained over the years is key to her ability to evaluate the horses mindset and natural ability. She is a horseman who can troubleshoot problems the horse or rider may have. She believes that consistency is key in training and although she uses standard methods, no two people or horses are exactly the same. Horses (nor people) can be stuffed into the same mold and expected to learn the same way or at the same rate. When you take the time to understand the horse’s personality, history, and ability then you can tailor your program to the needs of that individual horse and produce a mentally sound and physically healthy horse. That horse can go on to win a world championship or keep his owner safe riding down the trail for years to come. When you put the time and effort in, you get quality and longevity out.
Woodstock Ranch is always open so feel welcome to stop in and take a look around, watch a lesson, or watch the trainers working the horses and observe first hand what Woodstock Ranch has to offer.
Kimber Pritt has has been riding and showing horses for 17 years. She got her start riding hunter/jumpers at a farm in Schaumburg. She then transitioned to Dressage where she bought her first horse Tinkerbell. Kimber also has experience showing western pleasure and hunter under saddle.
Kimber has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Western Illinois University. While attending WIU, she was a competing member of the WIU Equestrian Club Show Team where she was elected Vice-President as well as WIU’s IHSA representative. Kimber competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Circuit in both hunt seat as well as western pleasure. Horses have always been a passion for Kimber and she looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with other horse enthusiasts. Kimber trains, teaches, and coaches with Nell Tekampe and also heads up the Competitive Trail team at the ranch.
Woodstock Ranch’s Dressage Team is run by Jill Heisler. Jill is a seasoned trainer in both Dressage and Jumping. She has shown competitively in both Dressage and Eventing in recognized events across the country. She has also won National titles at the IAHLA Nationals in Dallas Texas. She has been training horses for 15 years, but fell in love with the sport and the animal at a very young age. Jill’s goals include her Silver and Gold USDF medals. Whether you are a beginner rider and looking to start working up the dressage ladder or an advanced rider looking for the knowledge and support to get you and your horse to the next level Jill can help you to reach those goals. Her stylized training and competitive edge will help you to get the most out of yourself and your horse.