CHA Certified in Western style riding, Riding Instructor – Horse Trainer, Heidi Partlow can be reached by email at or cell at (510) 575-2644.

Certified Horsemanship Instructor, Heidi Partlow has been riding and learning of horses for 47 years after she got her first pony. 

Growing up in Parker, Texas, Heidi would spend countless hours with her horses, breeding, training and showing most of her life. She now has a fluid concept of riding, training and instructing. 

Her favorite trainers that have inspired her through the years are John Lyons, Clinton Anderson and Chris Cox. 

Heidi is currently teaching all ages and learning styles from Basics to Advanced Horsemanship skills at Cavallo Riding Center. 

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"Horseback riding is therapeutic and can be a beneficial pastime to spend for the whole family."

- ​Heidi Partlow

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Cavallo Riding Center Instructors and Trainers

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​​CHA Certified in English and Western style riding, Horsemanship Coach – Riding Instructor – Horse Trainer, Virpi Portier can be reached by email at or cell at (650) 281-4089.

Born and raised in Finland, Virpi grew up with horses riding and driving her father’s harness racing horses, participating in every horse camp in the close vicinity of her home town and training with local English riding instructors.

Following the move to United States Virpi spent all her free time caring, doctoring, training and exercise riding various horses as well as giving riding lessons and guiding riding tours.

Virpi started growing an interest in Natural Horsemanship and began her studies on horse behavior and horse psychology spending countless of hours observing horse/horse and horse/human relationships, and horse/herd dynamics. She was one of the early members of Bay Area Savvy Players, a group of like minded horsemen and women learning from some of the country’s top horsemanship old timers in a form of clinics, camps, group and private lessons. Already decades of experience under her belt, this intelligent way of learning to look things from horses’s point of view revolutionized Virpi's way of training horses and teaching riders, and she is determined to continue her studies and spreading the knowledge to help make the world a happy and harmonious haven for horses and humans together.

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"Horses don't care how much you know until they know how much you care"

- Virpi Portier

Cavallo Riding Center