Poplar Place

Stables & Eventing

Our Team

Chris Bearden- Owner/ Head Trainer

ChrisChris Bearden has over forty years of experience training students of all levels and abilities. He has competed up through the CCI** level in eventing, has shown up through 4th level in Dressage, as well as shown Hunters and Jumpers. Chris won the USET screening trials in 1981 and attended the USET training sessions with Jack Le Goff in ’82, ’83, & ’84. He is a past Area Chairman for Area VI, twice. Chris is also a graduate ‘A’ member or the United States Pony Club.

Trish MacDonald- Stable Manager – Assistant Trainer & Instructor

Trish McDonaldTrish MacDonald, our Stable Manager for close to 30 years, is also a licensed Animal Health Technician who lives on site, and works closely with our veterinarian, Dr. Melissa Kielty of the Pioneer Equine Veterinary Service. Trish also assists with riding instruction.

Logan Bearden – Assistant Trainer & Instructor

LoganLogan Bearden is an active member of the Briones Valley Pony Club, which meets at Poplar Place Stables twice a month. Logan can be seen helping out around the barn, teaching younger riders, and training the two horses she competes. She carries on the family’s pony club tradition. As a C3 rated Pony Clubber, Logan competes at the intermediate and training levels in the sport of eventing.

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Hannah Carlson

_DEQ8029.JPG.opt411x277o0,0s411x277Hanna Carlson grew up riding and showing in the Bay Area as well as Northern and Southern California.  Hannah spent much of her early riding career competing in the disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumpers before deciding to turn her riding into her professional career in the Hunter/jumper circuit.  Over the years, Hannah has accrued a long list of achievements, not only as a competitive rider, but also as a nationally rated member of the United States Pony Club.  Hannah has experience working with horses and riders of all ages and levels.  She believes in teaching all of her students with positive reinforcement, and works hard to build her students’ confidence.  Hannah also strongly values hard work, discipline, and enthusiasm in her students, but believes that riding should be fun, as well as educational.  Hannah is currently accepting horses and riders of all levels for full or half training, sales, or individual lessons/rides.


*Dressage trainers are brought in for clinics several times a year.