WE Coach: Laura Stutesman of Rising Hope Stables

Laura Stutesman of Rising Hope Stables

Laura Stutesman

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Ashland, OR


  • Lessons on-farm
  • Clinics on and off farm
  • Training Board and Board
  • Horse Sales

Polly Limond

San Diego, CA

Connect with Polly via Social Media or her website: pldressage.com


  • Lessons on and off farm
  • Clinics on and off farm
  • Training Board

Laura teaches all ages, levels, and disciplines at Rising Hope Stables, in Ashland, Oregon. She utilizes her diverse equine background and 20 years of experience to specialize in practical riding that works with each horse and riders skills and desires. She has successfully competed both with her own and clients horses in jumping, dressage, reining, sorting, team penning, working rancher, working equitation, breed shows, trail, and equitation/pleasure. She considers her true success as the development of level headed, happy, and capable horses for her clients in and outside of shows, and helping riders to develop a love and understanding of truly balanced riding.

Some of her WE accomplishments include students placing regionally in the top 5 for Novice A, B and Intermediate A; Laura has won high point multiple years, and most recently the 2022 Regional Championship in Novice B. What Laura loves most about working equitation is the true horsemanship it requires and that all types of horses and disciplines are welcomed. She is thrilled to help cultivate harmony between the horse and rider as they develop their skills in WE.

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in Western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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