About Dunham Woods

Meet the Team

Our trainers and instructors at Dunham Woods Farms are experts at installing good basics in their riders as well as producing winning results at the shows. We feel that a strong foundation in Horsemanship is essential to the growth of any horseman. We specialize in the Hunter and Jumper disciplines of English Hunt Seat with a strong focus on equitation. Our ability to help our students reach some of the most prestigious events in the state is unparalleled in Northern Illinois.

Our professional staff is dedicated to providing the best riding lesson instruction available. From your first riding lesson, to your first horse show, to your first year-end finals, we can provide you with all the horse and rider training and skill refinement you need to meet your riding goals. Come join #TeamDWF!

Michele Muenzenmay, owner of Dunham Woods Farms, Inc. has been active in the business for over 45 years. Starting off as a hobby during the summer months, Michele loved working with new riders and young horses.
The hobby soon became a passion and in 1975, Michele and her late husband Bill Muenzenmay formed Dunham Woods Farms, Inc.

Since then, DWF has produced many top level show horses and riders. With numerous wins at the most prestigious of Horse Shows such as Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania National, Trader’s Point and others, Michele and her team are still turning out Champions and loving every step of the way.

Michele loves working with young horses and riders, developing them into future champions.

Elizabeth Todd

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 Chrissy Krutz

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Kristen Varchetto began riding with Dunham Woods in 1997 through the Bartlett Park District Horsemanship Program. She enjoyed it so much she continued taking lessons with DWF and soon became a working student.

Kristen worked her way up learning everything about horse care and instruction inside and out and soon became an instructor herself in 2003. Since then she continues to learn all she can about the industry. Kristen has showed locally at USEF “A” and “C” rated shows and was in the ribbons every time. She enjoys trail riding and taking new horses out to relax and recharge in the forest preserve. In addition to managing equipment and supplies, Kristen also heads our volunteer Working Student Program. (See her if you’re interested!)

Kristen says “I love teaching. The best is when you see a student have that ‘A-HA!’ moment. It’s extremely rewarding when a student smiles after tackling a major hurdle.”

Laura Kay Bernardoni began her riding career at the age of 7, specializing in the hunter/jumper discipline. At age 15 she chose to expand her knowledge over to the realm of eventing. She has competed through the Preliminary level of eventing and is preparing for intermediates. She spent 2 months in South Carolina under the tutelage of Jennifer Doherty, a heavy hitter in the eventing world.

Laura has been teaching for over 6 years, working with walk/trot to advanced jumping level riders and has a knack for developing young horses into solid and capable jumpers. Laura brings a unique perspective to the DWF team and is laser focused on being the best equestrian she can.

Laura’s favorite part of teaching is seeing riders create a valuable bond with their horses through trust and determination.
Her words to live by: “Take a deep breath, eyes forward, shoulders waiting and leg on- keep it fun!”

Dunham Woods Farms also trains and employs several junior instructors that focus on lead line lessons, facilitating birthday and scout visits and seasonal camps. We strongly believe in promoting talent from within to join our instruction team. All instructors participate in clinics and train with owners Michele and Rose several times a week to keep in top riding condition and to continue building their knowledge base both in and out of the saddle.

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Dunham Woods Farms, Inc.

9N755 Nesler Road

Elgin, Illinois 60124

T:  847-628-6339

E:  dunhamwoodsfarm@gmail.com

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