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High Desert Equestrian Center ( HDEC) is located on the edge of BLM land on a 40-acre parcel. We are a horse-centered barn where we endeavor to balance horses' needs with their human partners. Horse lovers of all disciplines can enjoy and expand their capabilities with multiple indoor and outdoor arenas including:

  • Jumping
  • Dressage
  • Western Riding

We welcome all levels and types of riding and want our barn to be a place of joy, fun, and learning for the horse and rider. The 15-stall insulated barn is privately located in the center of the property. We have many varied options for horses including stalls with runs and large pens with shelters both of which have access to large grass turnout. We also have a beautiful 5-acre pasture for horses with a substantial loafing shed.

  • Large Working Equitation Ring
  • Insulated Indoor Arena.
  • Regulation Size Dressage Arena 20x60
  • Large Outdoor Oval Jumping arena
  • Perimeter riding track with varied cross country jumps.
  • Two Large Round Pens

Full-Service Stall 

  • Hay (alfalfa and/or grass) twice/day with slow-feed options available.
  • Graining (owner provides)
  • Stall cleaning twice/day.
  • Daily grass large paddock turn-out.
  • Blanketing
  • Generous Bedding

Basic-Service Stall

  • Hay (alfalfaand/orgrass twice/day)
  • Stall cleaning twice/day
  • Graining (owner provides)

Large Pens with Shelters (30x90)

  • Hay twice daily (alfalfa and/or grass)
  • Pen Cleaning 1 time/day.
  • Graining (owner provides)

Limited Pasture

  • large dry lot with generous loafing shed attached to pasture.
  • Summer night turn out
  • Winter 24/7 turn-out.

Haul-In Facility Use

Horse Hauling Service Available.

Meet Our Team


David & Annie Mueller

Welcome to High Desert Equestrian Center (HDEC). At HDEC, we work to create an organic, supportive, safe, and joyous place for horses and the people who love them. Since last summer, when we bought the barn, we have worked tirelessly to improve the barn experience for the horses and the people who love them.

My father gave me a pony when I was a young girl, and it didn’t just change my life; that pony became my world, my freedom, and my sole responsibility. It was an exploration of Alpine Meadows, trails, Pony Club, afternoons spent cleaning tack, and river crossings, and it was the beginning of a journey that has never ended, one that we could pass on to our children.

I’ve seen the best barns and not-so-great barns. At HDEC, we strive to put the horses first. In my experience, the best barns are where the horse’s needs take priority.

At HDEC we are trying to develop a fun, supportive, safe, joyous place for horses and those who love them.

Holly Jones - Trainer

Hello, my name is Holly Jones! I am a lifetime equestrian and international three day event rider.

I enjoy teaching the classical training scale through positive reinforcement, which I have learned and built on from a lifetime of fantastic mentors. I greatly believe that riding should be fun and rewarding for both horse and rider, while maintaining an elevated level of safety. Horses, as well as riders are the athletes that keep this sport moving. My goal is to develop both horse and rider to be a confident and satisfied team!

Riley Stefaniak - Trainer

Hi there, I’m Riley Stefaniak. I am a working student at Colorado Mesa University studying Energy and Land Management. I am thrilled to continue my education while teaching lessons and training horses here at High Desert Equestrian Center.

A little bit about my background; I grew up in Highlands Ranch, CO, very close to the Colorado Horse Park! I began riding when I was eight years old and participated in the United States Pony Club earning up to my C2 certification. My goal is to teach the next generation of young riders how to truly care for and ride their horses. I offer a Horse Management Class that currently has 13 kiddos, and we are open to expanding.

Matina Aliseo - Trainer

Matina Aliseo’s love of horses started way before she was even a thought in this world as her poppy was a part of the State Island’s pony express and would deliver The Advance around town to his neighbors and would later go on to become a jockey. Her mom and aunt also grew up teaching themselves to ride when their father bought them a horse and pony for their back yard.

Matina grew up on the coast of New Jersey splitting her time between her local beach town jobs and the barn. At a young age she joined her local 4H Club and was eager to learn as much as she could about these animals that fascinated her so much. While riding was fun she couldn’t help but find her self wanting more time at the barn. As time went on she discovered the world of eventing and through that Pony Club.

Sora - Trainer

My name is Sora, and I am the owner of Kickin’ Dust Horsemanship. Since before I could walk, I have been working with horses. Growing up, I took riding lessons, leased horses, and helped train horses. In 2017, I adopted my first horse, Freya. Freya was a very green mustang, adopted from Canyon City. It was a bumpy start, but these past 5 years, we have taken on the world together. Freya and I have competed in numerous rodeos and competitive trail rides, joined a drill team, attended Cheyenne Frontier Days, hosted summer camps, and more. Owning Freya has taught me so much, and I love passing my knowledge on to others.

In 2020, I made the move to Grand Junction from Fort Collins to attend Colorado Mesa University. I began as a nursing major, in the hopes to work with people. The path ended up not being for me, so I fell backwards on my backup plan and made the switch to elementary education. I love being able to work with kids especially and have yet to second guess my decision.
Come May of 2021, I wanted to take my next step and combine my love for teaching with my love for horses. I made a post on a local Grand Junction Facebook group offering my services only thinking I’d get a few responses. This post ended up taking off and here we are with Kickin’ Dust Horsemanship.

I offer riding lessons to all levels and all ages with a variety of different options. If you are interested at all, please give me a call/text at 970-214-0686 and give Kickin’ Dust Horsemanship Facebook a view.