Meet Our Staff
Jennifer Wheeler (Owner)
Jennifer was given the opportunity to ride a horse at summer camp when she was 7 years old. She fell in love and never stopped. When she wasn't taking a lesson, competing on the local circuit or mucking stalls to cut boarding costs, she was riding trails and galloping through the fields of Maryland hunt country. As a teen she competed in the Junior Hunter, equitation and medal classes at AA-rated shows on the east coast. After moving to Michigan she continued showing, but her passion moved her to the jumper ring. Like many horse owners she never stopped dreaming of having her own farm. Now that her daughter is riding competitively as well, she wants to provide her the same fun atmosphere she experienced as a child. Thus, Karner Blue Stables was born!
Lauri Ann Barkley (Manager)
Lauri has owned and ridden horses since the age of 5. She was active in 4H as a child and competed regularly on the AQHA circuit. You can still find her in the ring at the local open shows throughout the summer. Her passion for horses led her to work for some of the largest horse breeding farms in the US. She has also worked for several veterinary clinics. Her veterinary experience ranges from large race tracks to private practices for both small and large animals. In addition, she has managed horse stables with over 40 horses. Lauri brings to Karner Blue Stables a wealth of experience in horse health care, barn management and proper horsemanship. Both you and your horse can benefit from her knowledge!
Casey Davies-Lloyd (Trainer)
Casey is the owner of Shiloh Performance Horses. She grew up trail riding with her horse-crazy parents all over Michigan. At the age of 9 she went to her first 4H show with her father's horse. After winning a second place despite not knowing how to "jog," she was hooked! She continued participating in 4H, attending every clinic she could. She traveled to the Arabian Nationals, Kentucky Horse Park and Quarterama in Canada. Eventually, her mother purchased an APHA mare and she began competing in the Michigan Pinto Shows. Casey got involved in the Miss Pinto Program and in 2003 was crowned Miss Michigan. After 10 days of competition at the Pinto World Show in Tulsa, OK she was also crowned Miss Pinto of America! Casey attended Central Michigan University and majored in advertising and marketing. A short time in sales was all it took to make her realize that her main passion was with horses. In 2008, Shiloh Performance horses was born! Casey is passionate about her growing family, her beautiful horses and her growing lesson and training program. As our head trainer, she brings energy and fun into the ring and out on the trails!
Pam Morrison (Advisor & Trainer)
Pam is the owner of Loon River Equestrian and Equine Bookkeeping Solutions. She has been riding and showing horses for the majority of her life. For the past 15+ years she has been teaching hunter/jumper lessons, managing stables, training horses and judging at shows. Recently, she decided to downsize her lesson and training program in order to build her bookkeeping business and focus on training her young horse, Ronnie, who she bred and raised herself. She provides Karner Blue Stables with extensive expertise in both horse care and business management. Her lesson and training program for hunter/jumper riders focuses on the small details that make big differences in your horse's performance and your ride in the show ring.
Peyton Wheeler (Social Media Director)
Peyton started riding at the age of 5 years old (unless you count the modified jumper classes she did in Ocala, FL eight months before she was born). She began competing on her pony, Patches, at the age of 9 and has been filling her room with ribbons ever since! She now teams up with the adorable Curtis when she goes in the show ring. She has mastered the art of grooming her pony and can spend hours making him shine. Peyton is the inspiration for Karner Blue Stables. She works hard at the barn and diligently practices in the ring several times a week. However, she finds that the ring can become boring and enjoys riding bareback and trail-riding. Come join her and Curtis in some pony adventures!