Hours & Contact

Store hours

Monday through Friday: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday: 10AM – 4:30PM
Sunday: Noon – 4PM

Phone

Voice: (970) 484-4199
FAX: (970) 530-1506

Location

Happy Horse Tack and Saddle Shop
113 Peterson Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Our Staff

Jen Wright - Co-owner/ Independent Saddle Fitter

Born and raised in Michigan, Jen learned to ride in the sand dunes where falling off was fun! Eventually, her competitive spirit got the best of her and horse showing took over. Participating in everything from 4-H, Hunter Jumpers, and the Quarter Horse Circuit, Jen soon specialized in Showmanship and Jr. Hunter Under Saddle. After graduating from the University of Findlay’s Equine Program and training young horses in Texas, Jen moved to Colorado and soon began working at Happy Horse and competing in Horse Trials and Dressage Shows. Jen currently spends most of her time traveling around the state saddle fitting. Her current equestrian passion is her molly mule Hazel.

Kathy

Kathy DeWitt - Co-Owner

Having been born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Kathy started riding at a very early age.  Her family was into casual riding, and she started western horse showing at age 4.  At age 12, she switched over to hunter-jumper competitions throughout the Midwest and Virginia area until she was 19.  While at a prep school in Massachusetts, Kathy trained with Denny Emerson and had the opportunity to show in the ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals at Madison Square Gardens.  She moved to Colorado in 1998 and transferred to the eventing arena.  At present, she still has a horse, but only for occasional riding and he also makes a great lawn ornament.

Theresa Kelly - Store Manager

Theresa Maloof grew up in Iowa, in a family of eight. They had Arabians of the same lineage as she does now. She bred and raised these wonderful horses for many years, which led to exporting several to England. She also has two incredible boys ("not as easy to raise as the horses"). Theresa enjoys her time working with horsey people at the shop and being with her family, friends, and animals. Her most memorable and challenging ride was the 5-day, 275-mile Rocky Mountain Endurance Ride. She says, "What beautiful country we have to ride in......so get out and ride!"

JJ and Rosie

JJ Kane - Receiving

JJ is originally from Colorado Springs, but moved to Fort Collins in July of 2014. She feels incredibly lucky to now be working at The Happy Horse. She has been involved and riding horses since she was in the fourth grade, and she now has her "horse of a lifetime" Rosie. They consider themselves the perpetual beginner novice team.

Megan Lizarraga - Bookkeeper

Megan has been with the Happy Horse family since Jen and Kathy have been owners. Her “real” job is teaching 1st and 2nd graders, but she loves working at the Happy Horse, and loves the Happy Horse family even more. Currently Megan rides only for pleasure. She enjoys playing with her Palomino quarter horse who is smarter than her. Besides her 5 horses, she is kept busy by 2 teenage daughters, various other small animals, and Zumbaing regularly. Currently her long-term goals are to become bilingual in Spanish, become a Zumba expert, and of course to be able to do the perfect piaffe and passage!

Anna Lee - Sales Associate

Anna was born in Fort Collins and raised in The Happy Horse. Always having a passion for horses, she picked up the task of cleaning saddles in the shop at the age of 10 and she finally got her dream "pony" in 2011. The power duo has now started doing beginner level dressage. Anna has a shadow named Jet, one of our friendly tack store dogs. As a full time college student Anna is very busy, but she is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of horses with everyone at the store as well as pursue her career as a social worker.

Taylor Faccio - Saddle Assistant

Taylor grew up in Vermont and moved to Colorado in 2015, so she is the newest addition to the Happy Horse team!  She is an active event rider who grew up competing and riding all over the East Coast. Today, Taylor keeps herself busy by splitting her time between The Happy Horse and managing a local boarding facility which is home to her training business.  Taylor's current 4 legged creatures are a Morgan gelding who is climbing up the levels in eventing and a spotted puppy named Finn.  Taylor says "I learn something knew from my Happy Horse family every day and love them all very much!"

Kaitlyn Motschall - Sales Associate

Kaitlyn has lived in Colorado all her life and always enjoyed being around horses. So, when Kaitlyn was given the opportunity to work at Happy Horse in 2016 she was excited to work with the passion she loves most. She was never able to have her own horse until she moved to Fort Collins in 2014 and was able to help at a local barn. Finally Kaitlyn found her "dream horse" toward the end of 2016, and has been training her in order to hopefully compete in 2017. She is really looking forward to her future at Happy Horse, and is so thankful for all that it has taught her with horses and life.