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 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!

Colleen Navarre

Trainer

Colleen is the owner of Foxtrot Farms. She has been riding and competing in hunter/jumpers for over twenty years. During the past three years, she has expanded her equine activities to include foxhunting with Metamora and Waterloo Hunt Clubs as well as competing in eventing, hunter trials and endurance riding. Colleen has taken many clinics with upper level trainers including four time Olympic gold medalist Robert Gage, Olympic trainer and Rolex competitor Waylon Roberts and CCI** eventing trainer Erin Strader. She has also traveled all the way to Ireland to take a full day cross country clinic with James Tonery of Cooper's Hill Equine. Locally, she continues to train under a Grand Prix dressage and jumping trainer. It is Colleen’s goal for you and your horse to understand and enjoy each other in and out of the saddle!

Emily Liebman

Trainer

Emily has been riding for over twenty years. She has had the privilege of riding many different disciplines as well as many different breeds of horses, ages, experience levels, and backgrounds. She took about ten years of Hunter/Jumper lessons and then began specializing in Western riding. She has attended two different horse training and riding schools, learning both natural horsemanship and the classical horsemanship methods, as well as horse health and nutrition. Emily has worked with many horses that have come from traumatic situations that needed to be rehabilitated. Using a combination of methods as well as her own past experiences she can help create the best possible outcome for both you and your horse.

Pam Morrison

Advisor

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 her family.  She provides Karner Blue Stables with extensive expertise in both horse care and business management. 

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!

John Wheeler

Maintenance Engineer and "Waterboy"

John knows nothing about horses.  He has ridden horses in Hawaii, Iceland, Glacier National Park and wherever else his wife tells him to get on a horse. He believes Icelandic horses are incredibly bouncy and anyone who thinks differently is ridiculous. He thinks the hunter division is boring and that everyone should just do jumpers because it is more fun to watch. You can find John at horse shows taking naps, talking to his wife's horse as he grazes him, or at ringside videoing his wife and daughter. You will see him at Karner Blue Stables in the evenings filling buckets and troughs or fixing the many things that the horses and riders break. John is very supportive of his wife's passion for horses, but likes to often remind her that horse people are crazy and so are redheads.

1020 Beaumont Rd
Highland Charter Twp, MI 48356

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