The Windy Hill Family

Windy Hill Equestrians is a premier Bay Area Hunter/ Jumper facility with an all inclusive horse and rider training program. We are proud to say that we have a friendly environment. It really is a family!

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Laura Gerst

Trainer & Owner

Laura comes with extensive experience in hunters, jumpers and equitation. Over the years she has worked with Linda Hough, Carleton and Cindy Brooks, and her father Larry Mayfield. In 1999, Laura decided to launch her own business, so she formed Windy Hill Equestrians Inc., a full time A-Circuit training barn. She also does buying and selling of horses for clients through Paul and Emil Hendix, with whom she has a long standing relationship. Laura has managed a Bay Area horse stable for over 15 years.

Pictured: Laura Gerst and Quito’s Son in the Oaks Grand Prix

Dakoda Mower

Head Trainer

Dakoda Mower started riding in Utah at the age of 3. He enjoyed a successful junior career in the equitation. When he was ready to take his riding to the next level, he moved to central California to ride with Kristin Hardin. There, he honed his skills in the jumper ring before embarking on a professional career. Dakoda has worked for Windy Hill since the fall of 2016. He and EEA Timberland were winners of the USHJA Hunter Derby in Woodside in 2017. Dakoda loves to compete, teach, and buy and sell, but most importantly, he is an all-around horseman.

Pictured: Dakoda Mower and Acco Leth at Del Mar

Laura Morishige

Riding School Director

Laura has been a part of Windy Hill since 2007. She started the riding careers of many of the high level riders you see in the training program now. Laura’s emphasis on proper position and basics gives riders a solid base and position. Having two children of her own, Laura connects well with children.

Emily Robertson


Horse obsessed since the age of 4, Emily is an active C3/H-B member of the United States Pony Club. She has worked with professionals in the Hunter/Jumper, Eventing and Dressage rings including Valerie Owen, Rachel Williamson and Judy Klus.

Madi David


Madi turned professional in 2018. She brought many young horses along during her junior years under the guidance of Robert and Tammy Blanchette. Madi is a very polished rider. Her calm demeanor suits the horses and the students alike and allows them to really shine!

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