About Us

Ali Kermeen – Head Trainer

Early Biography

Ali Kermeen grew up riding at a top eventing barn in the east bay, In addition to eventing through the preliminary level, Ali was also very involved in Danville Junior horseman, serving as President for two terms. Ali also grew up passionate about dressage, earning her USDF bronze medal while in high school. Ali began training professionally in 2001 and subsequently graduated from UC Davis.
Professional Credentials

  • Certified Horsemen’s Association(CHA) Master Instructor Certification 2003 (English and Western)
  • United States Eventing Association (USEA) certified level 1 Instructor, through training level, 2005
  • United States Dressage Federation (USDF) “L” judge program graduate, with distinction, 2012
  • Coach of Santa Clara University’s dressage team since its inception in 2013

Riding and Training Awards

  • USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist
  • Trainer/Rider of Lafitte, Swedish Warmblood Association of North America 4 year old futurity winner
  • USDF All Breeds Championships
    • Trainer/Rider of Imperium, National Champion Selle Francais at first and second level
    • Trainer/Rider of Lafitte, National Champion Swedish Warmblood at Training level
    • Trainer of Futurity’s Noble Promise, National Champion Morgan with a Junior Rider, Training Level
  • East Bay Chapter CDS Third level Highpoint, Lafitte


Ali believes that riding should be fun for rider and horse. Training is tailored individually to each horse and rider, with a goal oriented approach that is right for them. Ali has worked with a large number of breeds and cross breeds in a variety of disciplines. She enjoys working with riders of different ages and values rider safety above all. Ali started HC Equestrian to be a place where riders can enjoy their horses and advance in a logical progression.

When not at the barn, Ali enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Danny, daughter Ruby, and their dog, Wendy.

Ali is proudly sponsored by Custom Saddlery