The Vintage Lane Team
Assistant Trainer, Barn Manager--Lara Symmons
Vintage Lane welcomed Lara to our program in 2016 and she has been an invaluable addition to our team ever since. A Northern California native, Lara has a previous background in dressage and excels in coaching riders from their first lesson to developing our show riders.. She has a great eye for detail and in giving riders of every level a great lesson every time. She also manages our busy stables with a "can do" attitude and a smile.
Ilana Halpern grew up riding in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. After graduating from Princeton University in 2011, Ilana moved to Northern California where she found a home at Hunterville Stables working for Patty Ball. Now an up-and-coming superstar in the professional hunter ring with top derby placings, Ilana opened Awakening Sporthorses in 2017, a business she owns and operates in Martinez, CA, while finding time to join the Vintage Lane riders at home and on the road. We couldn't be more delighted to have her on the team!
Our Horse Care Team
Bernardo Mendoza-Head Groom
Bernardo is the best groom we could ask for and has been at VL since 2012. He is always busy thinking of things to do to keep our barn beautiful and our horses happy. Bernardo also travels with us to shows and manages all aspects of our horses' show care.
Special recognition to assistant grooms Cristian Jimenez and Alejandro Guzman for their amazing work and welcome to VL!
Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian, DVM / Starwood Equine-Veterinarian
Dr. Kelly earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kelly specializes in lameness and diagnostic imaging as well as preventative medicine for equine athletes. She is an integral part of our barn and makes sure our horses are feeling and performing their best.
Vintage Lane is pleased to welcome Chuck Slagle and Steve Lorenzo this year, as part of our joint Equine Farrier Team. Both come to us with years of high performance horse experience and a wonderful way with our horses. We are proud to have them join us and our horses are going better than ever!
Personal bios coming soon!