It really does take a village every day to keep the KHD operation running like a well-oiled machine. Here are a few of the team members that are critical to our success.
Laura Goodenkauf - Assistant Trainer
Laura Goodenkauf has been in the saddle since she was eight years old. She has ridden everything from Arabians, western, eventers, and even spent time in high school and college as an exercise rider galloping Thoroughbred racehorses on the track. However, dressage has always been her passion. Laura was introduced to the beautiful sport in middle school by FEI rider Jami Kment of Providence Farm in Nebraska and has been hooked ever since.
Laura has over ten years of professional training and teaching experience. She has worked with horses and riders of all levels, with all different backgrounds, including starting young horses and retraining Thoroughbred racehorses for dressage. She also has extensive experience teaching youth riders. Laura is a long-time supporter of the United States Pony Club as a member, instructor, and rating examiner in Nebraska, Indiana, and California.
When she’s not at the barn, Laura is an active freelance musician. She currently plays French horn in the La Mirada Symphony and the San Fernando Valley Symphony. She also performs regularly with Patriot Brass Los Angeles, a nationwide non-profit chamber music organization that provides support to U.S. veterans. She holds a masters degree from Indiana University’s presitigious Jacobs School of Music
Susan Bauer DVM - Veterinarian
Dr. Bauer is the primary veterinarian for KHD horses and clients and is an invaluable member of the team. She provides exceptional care for all of our star athletes.
Dr. Bauer graduated from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She worked with sport and standard bred racehorses for 2 years in New York and then moved to Los Angeles in 1989. She started her work in Southern California with Thoroughbred horses at the major tracks for 4 years before moving to a Thoroughbred breeding facility in Northern California. In 1993, she began working with a sport horse practice in Los Angeles and started her own practice in 2000. Today her practice is thriving and she is a well-respected member of the Southern California equine community. She continues to provide only the best care to her four and two-legged clients alike.
Ramone Rios - Groom/Stable Manager
Ramone Rios has been a member of the KHD Team since 2003. His years of experience are invaluable to the team and his kind touch and quiet demeanor enable him to work with even the most difficult horse. Never has Kristina met anyone who works as hard as Ramone does to keep the horses happy and healthy. Ramone himself owns and rides his owns horses and has two daughters that he enjoys spending time with on Sundays.
Ali Rios - Groom
Ali Rios found his love of horses after a chance meeting with his uncle Ramone Rios who introduced him to the world of stable management and horse care. Ali immediately fell in love with their intelligence, abilities, loving nature, and majestic presence. He has been a full-time groom for over two years now and his infectious charm and gentle good nature make him a favorite of the clients and horses alike. Ali has been an avid animal lover since as long as he can remember, but it wasn't until he rescued his dog Sadie from the shelter in 2001 that he truly became and animal enthusiast and activist. You can often times catch Ali keeping the KHD team running like a well-oiled machine at the shows, as well as cheering both the riders and horses from the sidelines.
When he's not at the barn, Ali utilizes his business management skills to own and successfully manage a comic book store. He is also a freelance writer, photographer, and reluctant graphic artist.