Liza Hillman
Owner, Instructor

While Liza has almost 20 years of experiences with horses, her passion began before she could even ride. After begging for long enough, her mom eventually started her on beginning English lessons at 8 years old. In her first few years of riding she showed both English and Western, and it wasn't long before she had a horse of her own- Flame, a beautiful chestnut Arabian gelding. Liza and Flame showed for many years in Western Pleasure, Hunters, and Dressage, earning many Champions ribbons together, and even tried Gymkhana and barrel racing for a few years. Liza then began taking on more challenges; competing with her Thoroughbred in Jumpers, training in Dressage with more advanced horses, and eventually owning a young Arabian who she broke to ride, and trained herself. Her last focus with horses before full-time teaching was trick riding and stunt riding, which she trained in for almost two years and hopes to get back into eventually, having loved the mental and physical challenge that it offered. While Liza has explored many of the disciplines of riding, and plans on continuing to expand her horizons and bettering herself as a horse-person and teacher, she has found that her greatest achievement so far has been her ability to impart her passion and knowledge onto other aspiring riders. Nothing gives her more joy than seeing a happy horse with his/her happy person!

 As an owner...Liza took on Silver Stirrup almost by accident. When she started working as a head instructor and director of the program that would eventually become Silver Stirrup, she only considered it a part time job. She had no idea this would become a dream career for her. Once taking over the small program that was offered to her, Liza set forth with many ideas for what she wanted this program to become. She created a syllabus and structure unique to most riding programs that she developed from years of experience with many trainers from many fields of riding, along with goals to recreate the atmosphere that she felt shaped some of her greatest childhood memories growing up with horses. She's proud of what Silver Stirrup has become so far, and can't wait to see what it will continue to grow into with many more plans and work still ahead!

Caroline Tarnofsky

As a new 'transplant' to Orange County from Kentucky, Caroline comes with over 18 years of experience with horses. Spending her middle school and high school years competing in the lower levels of eventing, she took a short break in 2012 to begin college. Throughout college she was able to return to riding and continue to grow her knowledge by taking lessons and finding jobs exercise-riding fox hunting horses, leading her to become interested in this new field and go fox hunting on the weekends.  Later in college, Caroline was given the opportunity to work at a children's ranch camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she fell in love with teaching, and learned more about the Western disciplines. For three summers she taught lessons and led trail rides in Wyoming, all the while still furthering her knowledge under the guidance of her boss and mentor, a world-renowned horse trainer. Once she found herself in Southern California, she searched for opportunities with horses and soon found Silver Stirrup. Now that she's here, she's excited to be working as an instructor every day in her new home, and share her passion of horses with others!