Trainers


Margie Paur

Margie Paur

Trainer/Instructor & Owner

Margie is the Hillside Polo instructor and she teaches Equine Management courses at Waukesha County Technical College. Her approach to training involves the rider treating the horse as an athlete and includes a focus on the special care needed for horses. Margie uses natural horsemanship techniques and gives natural horsemanship lessons on a case by case basis.

In addition to co-owning and managing Hillside Farm and teaching polo and college courses, she also serves on several non-profit boards including the Milwaukee County Zoological Society, the Luthern Social Service Foundation board, the Women’s Fund Board, the Milwaukee Polo Club Board, and at Waukesha County Technial College. She’s a life-long horsewoman who as a youth was trained in Saddleset and Western riding disciplines. As a young adult she trained in Hunter/Jumpers, later training in Polo and Dressage. Margie also takes in problem horses and fixes them in a gentle, firm, and kind way. No short cuts. It takes longer, but this method works best, the horse is happier for it, and the horse can then accel at what it can done best. Margie strongly believes in non-violent horse handling methods that create a safe learning environment for horse and rider.

Sally Gonzalez

Sally Gonzalez

Trainer/Instructor

Sally has over 15 years of experience with horses ranging from barn management to guiding trail rides to hunter/jumper to dressage and western pleasure. She has trained with different experts in dressage and jumping and was a working student at a training and sales barn for off-track Thoroughbreds and Connemara ponies.

She wasn’t able to own her own horse when she was growing up, so she took lessons, leased and rode everything she could get her hands on, which was mostly the crazy and green horses no one else wanted to ride! Riding a vast array of horses gave her great insight into the minds of different breeds and temperaments. She uses dressage basics applied to all disciplines to improve the communication between the horse and rider. She focuses on using a well balanced position and correctly timed independent aids to give the horse a soft, quiet ride and to make it easy for the rider to work with the horse instead of against it.

Sally has worked with foals to older horses, started horses under saddle, worked with problem horses, and loves teaching horses new things, whether it be bathing or clipping, jumping or a leg-yield. She also loves helping riders with everything from riding theory, getting over a fear of cantering or even how to groom their horse.

Marlie Birr

Marlie Birr

Trainer/Instructor

Marlie is a current H member of United States Pony Clubs. She started riding when her mom was pregnant and got her first pony at the age of two. She started competing in competitive distance rides with her Arab gelding in 1998 and joined Pony Club in 2000.

She has been teaching ever since–anything and everything from unmounted lessons to cross country schooling and coaching at competitions. She has trained several of her own horses to jump as well as starting a few young horses. In 2007 she competed at USPC dressage championships as well as taught conditioning at the National Barn Fair.

For three years she has been participating in the Visiting Instructor program in USPC allowing her to teach at camps in Kansas, Ohio, and Oregon. Marlie is a confident rider who enjoys teaching riders of all levels and ages. Marlie has also worked with elementary students through an after school tutoring program in Houghton, MI where she was attending school. Marlie has grown up with horses at her family farm in Manistique, MI and challenges herself to learn more all the time. She thinks there is always something new to be learned and encourages a similar attitude in her students.

What I would like to specialize in: “I’m most experienced with Pony Club but through that have eventing knowledge and experience as well. Pony Club would be my primary with eventing and “eventing dressage” as secondaries.”