The Yonahlossee Team

All of our instructors come from a hunter/jumper background. That is the focus of our instruction. We currently have 5 instructors on staff. 

Nikki Barnes is our Directing Manager and head instructor.

Arden Pierce instructs our Academy School students as well as working with the owners granddaughters, Alaina and Larisa, with their Hunter and Jumper disciplines.



Nikki began riding horses at eight years old. Nikki grew up showing Hunter/Jumpers and competing in statewide classes. Nikki attributes her training and love for horses with how she acquired a strong work ethic and passion for teaching young people about horses. Nikki is a wife and mother of two. Her daughter Lakelyn also shares her love and passion for horses.


Diego started riding when he was 7 years old in Mexico. In 2000, he moved to the United States and joined Yonahlossee Stables until 2003. He worked with many different barns, but came back to Yonahlossee in 2019 where he is now the Maintenance Manager. One of his biggest achievements is his seven-time championship in QH racing. Diego is a jack-of-all-trades, caring for the horses every day needs, as well as assisting in training.


Arden started riding when she was seven years old. Now, at nineteen and a student at ASU, she has a background in saddle seat and has extensively shown in the Hunter/jumpers for the past eight years. She has numerous end-of-year champion awards under her belt and thrives in the competition ring. Arden also has several years of experience training horses that need rehabilitating or working with young horses who are learning their job. She enjoys sharing her passion for horses through teaching young riders the ropes and the meaning of true horsemanship.