St. Croix Training Center
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About the Team

Passion. Experience.

History

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
 

Trainers

 
 

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.

 
 

 
 

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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 daughter Greta, as well as her mini dachshund, Lilo.

 
 

 
 

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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. In the past couple years, she has gained show experience in saddle seat, western pleasure, show hack, and sidesaddle, as well. She has also been running our summer horse camps for the past 5 years. After recently completing her bachelor's degree in Global Business from the College of St. Benedict, she is excited to be 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.

 
 
 

 

 

Instructor/Intern

Abby Hughes

She is our most recent addition to our team. She is currently working on her Communications degree at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is gaining plenty of experience exercising horses and now is an instructor for us as well. She gives our lesson program a lot of flexibility by teaching on the weekends for us. She absolutely loves kids and loves teaching her knowledge of horses to them.