California Riding Magazine • April, 2012

PepperGlen Farm
Norco facility offers diverse training, great care and shows.

PepperGlen Farm is a premier training and boarding facility in Norco, located less than one mile from the new Silverlakes Show Facility. It is situated on six-plus acres with an emphasis on quality over quantity. The main stable boasts large, well-lit and ventilated box stalls, large individual tack lockers, hot and cold water washracks and all the correct and safe amenities that make PepperGlen a stand-out facility. Further, PGF hosts hunter/jumper shows sanctioned by the Inland Empire Hunter Jumper Association, and Dressage schooling shows.

Owner Lori Fairchild works individually with the trainers who operate out of PGF to ensure that their needs are met, whether with specialized cross-country jumps, footing improvement, amenities for clients and other needs.

Boarders can choose from three living arrangements for their horses: box stalls with paddocks, shed row stalls with paddocks and mare motel-style pipe corrals with a covered aisle. Two riding arenas and a regulation size dressage court are great for training, as is a cross-country area built out with banks, coffin jumps and small hills. Easy access to Norco's extensive network of hill and river trails is ideal for downtime. A lungeing ring and two grass pastures are additional options. Equine daycare, turn-out and blanketing are available, and Lori works with all owners to arrange veterinary, farrier, chiropractic and other wellness care for their horses.

PGF currently has two resident trainers, the hunter/jumper focused Kristie Kurtze of Kristie Kurtze Show Jumping and Carol E. von Buettner, whose broad program is oriented toward dressage.
Kristie began this show season at HITS Thermal, coming back with six wins, including one in a Level 3 jumper class with over 100 horses. All her riders competed successfully. She is looking forward to competing monthly at the A level, with local competitions in between for newer riders and young horses.

Kristie started as a junior rider at age 10, successfully riding for 15 years, winning many year-end championships on hunters, equitation and jumpers up to the 1.45M division. She served as assistant trainer for Grand Prix rider Mary Tyng's Quail Run in the 1980s. She next trained with her father Bennett Kurtze, now an A rated judge, in Hidden Valley.

Kristie stated her own business two years ago. She enjoys working with students who are competitive, but want to be part of a team effort, as it takes a team to succeed. She is privileged to have her father assist in coaching the young horses and clinic with the students. Along with her training and teaching, Kristie regularly has a number of quality consignment and sale horses in the barn. She has high expectations and has been able to meet them.

Carol E. von Buettner, is British Horse Society certified at both Stage II and III riding, teaching and management. Carol focuses on dressage, coaching her clients to many international and USDF medals. She is a record holder in the USA for producing FPS (Friesian) Premium Ster mares, foals, geldings and approved stallions from 1997 to 2000. She studied extensively with Mary Darcy, several time coach of the Irish Olympic team and German Master Riding Instructor Thomas J. Buettner. Carol also coaches in three-day-eventing and jumpers and has served as a clinician and instructor of US Pony Club members. Carol is a certified western dressage trainer and hopes to improve the movement of all horses through correct training.

Upcoming shows dates are as follows:

  • PepperGlenFarm Horse Show Series, sanctioned by the IEJA, April 22, June 3, September 9, October 14.
  • PepperGlen Farm Schooling Dressage Shows: April 15, Sept. 2, and November 4.
  • PGF Presents the The BLue Ribbon Horse Show Series, held at the Murrieta Equestrian Center, June 24, Sep. 23.

For more information, visit or call 951-817-1794.