Cavallo Creek Farm
Owner of Cavallo Creek Farm,
Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeder
Italian Riding School and Vacation Liaison,
Importer of Dutch Warmblood Sporthorses
She started out riding ponies by the age of 7, then grew into riding young horses as a pre and early teen on her grandfathers Quarter Horse ranch in Arroyo Grande, California. In her mid teens she rode in 4-H, then later started riding hunters in Southern California. It didn’t take long before she needed the savage thrill of adrenalin, so she set out to the jumper ring. She rode sales horses for a few years while working occasionally as a vet assistant at Santa Anita Racetrack. Acknowledging the trend of the Warmblood horses being imported from Europe and winning in the shows, Denise set her sights on foreign soil and before long had packed up and moved across the Atlantic.
She rode for several years in Italy competing on various horses before she settled it at a grand prix show jumping barn outside Verona, Italy. It was while in Verona she maintained riding approximately 8 horses a day and caring for millions of dollars worth of equine flesh. After nearly 7 years in Italy, Denise became known not as an “American”, but more as a "European".
From Holland to Italy, she built a network of knowing the best show-jumping professionals and breeders in the business, from Holland to Italy. With her years of experience, she finally was ready to build her own operation, hence the building of the well constructed “Cavallo Creek Farm”, which she built to house her imported Dutch Warmbloods in addition to a few other outside show horses. Denise has always been very active in her community by donating time and is personally responsible for raising or donating over $100,000 in funds to various charities such as The Montgomery County Food Bank, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Boys and Girls Club just to name a few.
Although the Texas farm is still vibrant with life and full of sweet whinnies, it is currently being operated as a private breeding and training facility. In 2013, when the decision was made to expand their horizons, Denise had decided to acquire a assistance in the operation of the farm while she and her family have relocated back to her roots in the beautiful San Luis Obispo area of California. There she resides with focus on her fabulous breeding program of Rhodesian Ridgebacks, planning trips to Italy for guests and riding students, is involved in a multitude of events and charities while with her dedicated husband, takes the time to provide a solid educational foundation for their children collectively through homeschooling and through the amazing guidance of the amazing SLO Classical Academy .