MEET OUR TEAM
SAMMY JO GALICA
OWNER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Sammy Jo has been riding since she was a kid, and began her career right here at LHS! When she was only thirteen years old, she became a World Champion rider by a unanimous vote of the judges. She has since gone on to train many champions at the national level, and has expertise in developing young horses. Sammy Jo also loves to teach riding lessons, and has trained riders that have won at the National Academy Finals. Sammy Jo is an active member of the Board of Directors for the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin. She also serves as the advisor for our Top Trotters Youth Club, and leads monthly horse-related activities for all of the young riders at the barn. Sammy Jo's fun personality makes her a favorite with the kids!
Andrew grew up in rural Wisconsin and had lots of opportunities to be around horses and do some occasional riding. His daughter first caught the horse bug at age 5 and his son at age 7. With one more child getting to that age, he and is wife Stacy are wondering if all three kids will eventually be riding. His children's love of horseback riding brought Andrew closer and closer to the horse world and eventually he decided it was time to combine his business skills and love of entrepreneurship with the family's passion for horses. Teaming up with Sammy Jo to start this riding academy has been a dream come true for the Hitt family. Andrew brings his experience as a parent, rider, and a stable client to Rose Tree Farms to ensure that you have a positive, educational, and exciting experience. His goal is simple: bring his family's love of horses and the horse show experience to more families.