This course includes a weekly diagram for the duration of four weeks as well as one coaching call.
We offer a wide range of equine services. Our main focus is the education of the next generation of riders. With that being said, we offer lessons for all ages and are committed to ensure a solid foundation for the rider.
We offer limited spots for horses in training at Kaukamo farm in Northern WI. Our program offers basic ground training and work under saddle. Our mission is to provide each horse with a comfortable environment where they can gain confidence in themselves as well as a rider to ensure a positive experience.
If the facility allows, we offer off site training for your equine partner. We will work solely with your horse or both horse and rider to fit your needs. Again, our main goal is to provide a complete understanding of the basics so we can then move on further with your horses training and make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.
We travel to surrounding areas in WI and MN. If you provide the horse we are wiling to travel to your facility on a weekly basis for lessons. Several lesson packages are available.
From time to time we have a few sale horses available. Please feel free to contact us to see if we have a horse that would fit your needs. If you are looking to sell a horse we can offer assistance in that area as well.
Continuing education is very important to us at HJHorsmanship. Check in to see what clinics we will be attending as well as clinics we plan to host ourselves.
Helen grew up in Duluth, MN. She started her journey with horses at the age of five. After several years of weekly lessons and many days helping out at the farm, she acquired her first equine partner. He was a little halflinger pony named Tuck. Later she added her warmblood mare Comet. She competed at many local dressage and eventing competitions, and attended many nearby clinics hoping to gain as much information as possible.
At the age of 18 Helen moved to Chicago, IL as a working student at KYB dressage. There she received daily lessons on Comet as well as other horses. Helen was able to get experience working horses of all ages and at all levels (from Training to Prix St Georges) under saddle as well as on the ground. She was exposed to many different types of training.
After several years in Illinois Helen moved to Lexington, KY where she took a position as an equine vet tech. There she was able to gain much knowledge on the medical side of the equine industry. In addition to teching Helen has been assisting her husband Court in running a Thoroughbred boarding/training operation. She has been lucky enough to gain exposure on the management side of things as well. Helen and Court are now very excited to offer services in Northern WI/MN.
Over the years Helen has been able to work with several trainers such as Kim Barteau, Bo Jena, Kathy Morelli, Ulf Wadeborn, Albrecht Heidemman, Dan James and several others. She plans to always continue her education as she believes you never stop learning. Her main focus is on Dressage, but her goal is to create a solid foundation for horse and rider. She believes that basics are the most important part of a training curriculum. True horsemanship is what matters.
Helen hopes she can encourage the younger generation to be involved in the equine world because of everything it has taught her. The HJHorsemanship program hopes to be largely involved with the education of young riders. Helen wants to ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable experience with their equine partners.
HJHorsemanship offers training help for everyone English or Western. In the end our main goal should always be a program that works best for you and your horse.
Growing up in Maryland, Court began to develop a fondness for the Thoroughbred industry. He attended the University of Kentucky where he graduated with a degree in Equine Science. After graduating, Court worked at Three Chimneys Farm as a stallion handler for such notable horses as Dynaformer, Exchange Rate, and Wild Again. Later, Court worked as a veterinarian technician and practice manager at Equine Health Care, P.S.C. From there, he moved on to become a broodmare manger at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms where he gained invaluable experience from some of the top veterinarians and farriers. After six years at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Court took the chance to start his own farm. Southside Farm provided such services as breeding, foaling, sales prep, as well as breaking and training. After starting a family and wanting to slow down, Court and Helen made the move to northern Wisconsin to create Kaukamo Farm.
Hi there! My name is Steph Granke and I am thrilled to be interning with HJ Horsemanship! I grew up on the North Shore between Duluth and Two Harbors and have been riding horses for as long as I can remember. I am blessed to have grandparents that shared their passion of riding and driving horses with me. I bought my first horse at the age of 10, a wild one-year old Arabian. A total recipe for disaster! But Peanut and I grew and learned A LOT together, we showed in all the 4-H disciplines and even made a couple trips to compete at state. During my college years I spent my summers working as a wrangler on a 36,000-acre ranch in Colorado. It was a dream come true to work with horses all day everyday, I helped break colts, trim hooves, and even work cattle. Upon graduating college I moved back to Duluth to teach art. I now have a four-year-old BLM Mustang mare, Ruby that I hope to compete in endurance. And an 18-year-old QH gelding, Spur that I enjoy doing mounted shooting with. I am excited to continue the never ending quest of learning and building my horsemanship skills!
I’m Maggie! Having the working student position at Kaukamo barn is amazing, and I get to learn new things about horses, all while working with horses! I was always around horses, even as a baby, and have been riding horses for as long as I can remember. Just a couple years ago, I fell in love with the sport of rodeo and the adrenaline it gives off. I now barrel race, breakaway rope, and pole bend in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association. I am also in the Pro-Elite World Challenge, which is a barrel racing association. I have a 8 year old QH gelding, Voodoo, as my main man for barrel racing and pole bending. I couldn't ask for a better partner in those two events! I also have a 15 year old QH gelding, JR, as my cow horse! He may look chunky, but man can that horse reach after a cow!
Boarding: We offer a very limited number of spots for boarding. Our care always has the horses best interest in mind. Feel free to contact us to reserve a spot at our facility.
Foaling options (Contact us for more information)
We offer stall board which includes a private turnout paddock. We occasionally have pasture board available on a very limited basis.
We have several lesson horses available onsite. We do offer lease programs as well.
Our newly constructed 80 X 130 ft arena
With 15 years of experience foaling over 600 mares our farm offers a stress free foaling option for owners. We have mares arrive close to foaling and observe them night and day until the big day arrives. Contact us today to reserve dates.
Picture: Vesper and Marina- mother daughter andalusians that are residents on the farm.
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