California Riding Magazine • January, 2010

Legacy Farms
Facility improvements, top trainers and new shows contribute to a positive 2010 outlook.

New improvements this past year have enticed Southern California trainer Lisa Schreifels to relocate to the newly improved Legacy Farms in north San Diego County.

Schreifels was based at Legacy Farms a few years ago and has returned. She focuses on dressage, jumpers and eventing and is a graduate A Pony Clubber and has evented through the Intermediate level. She enjoys teaching and recently helped Corina Pavilionis and her horse Cuvee take home the champion ribbon at the 2009 Southern CDS Jr. Championships for Training Level age 15-17. 

Legacy Farms owner Denise Cintas, a long time hunter/jumper trainer, has hired Chris Verkleeren as her assistant. Verkleeren rode at Legacy Farms as a junior and is now riding and showing the horses in Cintas’ training program. 

Inge Hundertmark-Taylor, a Reitwart certified German instructor, has been teaching dressage in the United States since 1996. She has been a long standing trainer at Legacy Farms and maintains a casual riding atmosphere that complements the facility.

Another asset of Legacy Farms is the riding school program. The lesson horses and instructors are both excellent and offer a great stepping stone for riders getting started and those not ready to step up to horse ownership.

This year Legacy Farms will host some of Holly Bean’s Pacific Coast Horse Shows starting in May. These shows are rated by the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association.

“At Legacy Farms, we offer a complete and comprehensive training program for both horse and rider in hunters, jumpers and dressage,” Cintas explains. “Our goal is to work with each individual and their horse to create a successful working partnership. Our approach ensures that students achieve a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of equestrianism. Whether your goal is to improve your skills for pleasure riding or to compete at the top level, the training team at Legacy Farms has the in-depth knowledge and experience to assist each rider in achieving his or her ambitions. With the benefit of wonderful horses in our riding school and by using tried and tested teaching methods, we can help riders of all ages and standards achieve their goals and ambitions. 

“The trainers here are committed to improving horse and rider through education and training,” Cintas continues. “From the very first lesson, when horse and rider are professionally assessed, we focus on training the rider to achieve a balanced and secure position in the tack. Once this has been established our innovative approach to teaching helps riders make rapid progress both on the flat and over fences. The team at Legacy Farms supports the development of riders in a professional yet friendly environment. Structured and progressive lessons are designed to ensure that all riders make rapid progress towards their chosen goals. Safety is a priority at the farm, as is a respect for the physical capabilities of both horse and rider.”

The well being of the horses is paramount for everybody on the Legacy team. “We maintain our approach by ensuring that our staff, horses, facility and training adhere to a high standard of quality,” Cintas concludes.

To contact Denise Cintas, call 760-744-2282 or e-mail Lisa Schreifels can be reached at 760-822-5472 or For more information on the Pacific Coast Horse Shows call Holly Bean 619-402-4669. For more information on Legacy Farms visit