Meet your Board

Karen Piper - President

I started riding at the age of 7. My mother was Open Jumper Champion of the State of Washington at that time.  Her trainer a retired Calvary man taught me to ride.  At the age of 9 I was riding with the Woodbrook Hunt Club and rode as Whipper-In when I was 14.  I did a lot of eventing and hunter jumper shows.

My dressage scores were low so I could place in Eventing but not win.  In 1995 I was at Toyon Farms watching a Nigli clinic.  That is when I wanted to really learn to ride Classical Dressage. I started working with Rachel Saavedra on a young horse named Samurai.   I have had 10 young horses since then.  I purchased my Hanoverian gelding, Ernst August in 2011 and trained with Tanya Vik. I won the 4th level RAAC in 2013 on Ernst.  I earned my sliver medal in 2015.  He is 18 years old now and continues to improve.  We are working with Michelle Woollard and Kathy Everman and hoping to ride the I1 in the near future.

I have ridden with Chris Rivlin, Jane Schwartz, Andrew Murphy, Sue Curry, Lilo Fore, Heidi Gaian, Jennifer Williams and Michael Lieberg.

I have a miniature pony, London Fog, whom I drive around my farm in the Griffen Creek area. I am dedicated to the sport of Dressage and offer my school master to a select few to ride and learn on.


Savannah Whisler - Vice President

At a young age I began taking riding lessons and from that moment fell completely in love with horses. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I spent most of my younger years riding and showing dressage. When I moved away to attend college in Southern Oregon, I immediately found a place to continue riding dressage while going to school. I was lucky enough to work with some great trainer who helped fuel my passion for dressage. 

Since graduating from SOU with a business degree, I now work as the manager at a local tack store in Phoenix, Gid-De-Up Boutique. I also am working as the assistant trainer at Dancing Creek Farm under Michelle Woollard. I have competed up through Intermediate-1 and have earned my USDF Bronze and Silver Medals in 2016 and 2018. 

Currently I ride and compete on a Dutch Warmblood gelding that I have been training with for almost three years; Darlington owned by Michelle Woollard. Last year we competed at the USDF Regional 6 Competition in Donida Washington and were 6th in the region in the Open Division. I hope to continuing bringing Darlington up through the levels and look forward to another fun year of learning and competing! 


Melanie Plisskin - Secretary

My parents began indulging my love of horses at the age of 4. Little did they know when they signed their toddler up for weekly lessons that it would become a lifetime passion and be the reason they still jokingly say they have no money.  

At 7, we moved to England and my horsey habit got more serious. I was lucky enough to ride at the queens stable and spent hours galloping and exploring Windsor Great Park. This is also where I learned to jump.  Back in the USA, I continued jumping in the form of 3 day eventing until college when I decided cross country produced way to much adrenaline for me and I switched to hunters. I rode hunters locally and showed on the West Coast on many different mounts over the years. I also served in different administrative capacities for most of the last 10 years on the Southern Oregon Hunter/Jumper Association board.    

It was about 2 years ago that I made the move to stay closer to the ground and began learning dressage again. Michelle Woollard took my hunter, Cashmere and myself and turned us into respectable dressage show partners. We spent the last 2 seasons showing at Training and First level and had a blast. Unfortunately my sweet mare passed away this fall so I found myself a new partner. Rudy is the newest love of my life and he, along with Michelle, is teaching me what it’s like to ride an upper level dressage horse. I am looking forward to taking him out this year at First and maybe Second level (if I can learn to sit the bounce!). 


Ed Miller - Treasurer



Tesia Penner - Member at Large



Sarah Crampton - Member at Large

Sarah Crampton has been involved in the horse world since childhood. Starting with 4-H, showing Pony Hunters, galloping race horses for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, and attending the Fulmer School of Equitation for a year to obtain her British Horse Society Instructor's Certificate. While at Fulmer, she was fortunate to be under the guidance of Robert and Johanna Hall. Robert Hall was one of the only British citizens to study at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, and Johanna Hall competed at Grand Prix and became an Olympic judge. 

Years later, after showing, training, and instructing students for hunter/jumper shows, eventing and dressage, Sarah was the resident horse manager for many years at Ivanhoe Ranch in southern California where the owner raised quarter horses for cutting, racing, and all around pleasure horses. She currently has a young Friesian cross gelding that is beginning his dressage career, and enjoys trail riding with friends.


Member at Large

We currently have (1) member at large position still open!