St. Croix Training Center

About the Team

Passion. Experience.


Gail Simpson is the founder, business owner, and one of the trainers at SCTC. She founded SCTC 30 years ago and has been at this same facility the entire time. That's relatively unheard of in the horse industry. Those who know Gail appreciate her no-nonsense approach to the horse business. She is assisted by her co-trainers, Monica Mohn and Cassie Yurick. Monica has been with Gail for close to ten years now and Cassie was trained by Gail from when she was a youth rider. All three trainers contribute the right qualities to make this place run smoothly. 


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If you’re happy, I’m happy.
— Gail



Founder & Trainer

Gail Simpson

Gail Simpson, first and foremost, enjoys what she does. She’s trained horses pretty much her entire life. She’s enjoyed numerous Top 10s at the National level while creating many National Champion Amateur Riders, both adult and youth competitors. She works with people to identify and then fulfill their goals with horses - whether riding well for the pure pleasure of it or aspirations of national titles. As Gail would say, “If you’re happy, I’m happy.” She’s also a Certified Arabian Horse Judge. Gail’s training focus is in hunt seat, western pleasure, and saddle seat.

Gail lives in Lakeland, Minnesota with husband Robb ("Big Dog") and English bull dogs, Emma and Hugo. She is the proud mother of two grown sons, Cory and Casey and mother-in-law to Lindsay (Casey’s wife) and grandsons Crosby and Cullen.




Monica Mohn

Monica is a great asset at the show level for our riders. She enjoys working with riders of any age. She's definitely comfortable on the back of a horse having competed in both high school and college rodeo. She enjoys reining, western pleasure and hunt seat having won numerous Top Tens at the State Level. She's committed to youth and has been in 4-H for more than 12 years. Monica attended University of Wisconsin-River Falls for Animal Science Equine Management.

Monica lives in Baldwin, WI with her husband, Jacob and daughters Greta and Charlotte, as well as her mini dachshund, Lilo.




Cassie Yurick

Cassie started taking lessons with Gail when she was 8 years old and owned two horses throughout the years, in which she competed in hunter pleasure and equitation at local, regional, and national Arabian horse shows. She has gained show experience in saddle seat, western pleasure, show hack, and sidesaddle, as well. She has also been directing our summer horse camps. After completing college, she became a full-time trainer with SCTC. She has a passion for training young horses and teaching her horse knowledge to kids and adults of all ages and experience levels.




Abby Hughes

Abby joined our team in 2016. She grew up in the Arabian horse industry and owned two horses which she competed in 4-H, as well as the Class A circuit. She is originally from Janesville, WI and is currently finishing up her Communications degree at University of Wisconsin-River Falls this spring 2019. She loves teaching her knowledge of horses to all of her students, and is very excited to come on full time after graduation!