Meet the Trainer

meet the trainersCheri Morton has run Pine Lake Pastures since 2005. She discovered her gift in working with horses back in college when she learn to ride. Having a degree in Business helped Cheri develop a business plan that would not only allow her to work in her gifted field but also help students and horses along the way.

Cheri has studied under great trainers in both Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. She has a gift in reading horses, and has been able to break and train horses that other people have turned away. Cheri believes you can never stop learning about horses, and that is why she continues her education both riding and through certifications. She is currently working on being certified as a P.A.T. H. Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

Cheri’s students will tell you she is not always an easy instructor, but she is encouraging! She will push you to do your best!

Cheri’s students are always in the ribbons at shows. This last year she was told that all her students have an ‘incredible’ leg by one judge. At the St Croix County Fair in 2012, 4 out of 8 Grand Champions (in Gymkhana) were students of Cheri. Her students also won Grand Champion Dressage in 2011, and 2012, and Grand Champion English Pleasure 2011, Grand Champion Pleasure 2012, and Reserve  Champion Hunter Jumer in 2012.

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Nikke Hafemeyer is Assistant Trainer at Pine Lake Pastures. In addition to administrative tasks, Nikke substitute teaches for the other trainers when they are unavailable. Like many of our students, Nikke was a horse-crazy kid who finally talked her parents into riding lessons at the age of 8. She began riding western pleasure but switched to hunter/jumper in her early teens. She worked at local barns with Standardbred and Thoroughbred racers. She then left the horse world for awhile to work and become a mom.  Nikke came to Pine Lake Pastures in 2008 as a volunteer for the therapeutic riding program and to take lessons. She worked her way up to volunteer coordinator which eventually landed her the Assistant Trainer position at Pine Lake Pastures.  Returning to lessons as an adult was far more challenging than as a child, but she quickly remembered her old skills. With a natural ability for both riding and teaching, Cheri recognized Nikke’s talent right away and began apprenticing her as an instructor at the farm.  Nikke specializes in helping riders who have fear and confidence issues or that may require a slower introduction to horses. Nikke especially enjoys working with new riders and teaching kids to jump for the first time.