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 Kaitlyn Dirkschneider




Kaitlyn is Cortaro Equestrians lead instructor. 

Kaitlyn  has vast experience riding, training, and showing horses.  Her experience covers a wide range of disciplines to include Western Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Reining, Trail, Gymkhana, Roping, English Flat Classes, Jumping, and Cross Country Jumping.  

Kaitlyn has had many accomplishments in the world of showing.  She was extremely successful in her 4H career, earning many state champion buckles on her self trained horses in English, Western, Jumping, and Roping.  She continued to improve and her career has been highlighted by reserve champion in the last Arizona Mustang makeover and earning the National Champion in Versatility Ranch Horse.  

Kaitlyn holds an Equestrian Science degree from the University of Arizona, as well as "C2" certifications in both English and Western through the United States Pony Club.  Her horse ownership and care along with Pony Club Horse Management teachings give her an exceptional base of equine knowledge.  Her accomplishments have been achieved through training of her own horses and she is ready to pass that experience along to a new generation of riders.

Kaitlyn has a unique skill with youth that allows  them the freedom to explore and learn, yet she expects and receives their respect.  

Manuela Propfe

Although Manuela has shown up to the Prix St. George Level in dressage, her main interest is Eventing, and she has been competing at the Advanced level since 1995, including Rolex! She specializes in teaching combined training – dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country.  Manuela comes to Cortaro Equestrian to share her instruction for those at the higher levels.  

Lesson Horses:

Zeke:  What can I say about Zeke.  Zeke is where it all started.  Zeke was Kaitlyn's first horse to train and show successfully.  Zeke is unflappable.  He has provided confidence and taken many riders from their start to upper levels throughout the years.  At 23, he is still going!  Not quite a strong as in years past, but still a huge part of our program.  Zeke excels in English and Western flat classes.   










Emmy Lou:


Sage:  Sage is one of our younger horses at 8 years old  Kaitlyn started Sage at 2.  Sage has a mellow personality and performs well.  Sage excels in English, Western, and Ranch classes including Reining. 


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