St. Croix Training Center's goal is to provide a rewarding experience for everyone that walks into the barn. Our approach is straight forward and fosters a fun, casual environment where horses and riders at every level are comfortable while having the opportunity to meet individual goals.
Gail Simpson - Founder & Trainer
Gail Simpson, first and foremost, enjoys what she does. She’s trained horses pretty much her entire life. She founded St. Croix Training Center 25 years ago and has been in the same facility the entire time. That’s relatively unheard of in the horse industry. Those who know and work with Gail appreciate her no-nonsense approach to the horse business. She’s enjoyed numerous Top 10s at the National level while creating many National Champion Amateur Riders, both adult and youth competitors. She works with people to identify and then fulfill their goals with horses - whether riding well for the pure pleasure of it or aspirations of national titles. As Gail would say, “If you’re happy, I’m happy.” She’s also a Certified Arabian Horse Judge. Gail’s training focus is in hunt, western pleasure, and saddle seat.
Gail lives in Lakeland, Minnesota with husband Robb ("Big Dog") and English bull dogs, Emma and Hugo. She is the proud mother of two grown sons, Cory and Casey and mother-in-law to Lindsay (Casey’s wife) and grandson Crosby.
Monica Allard Mohn - Trainer
Monica is a great asset at the show level for our riders. She enjoys working with riders of any age. She's definitely comfortable on the back of a horse having competed in both high school and college rodeo. She enjoys reining, western pleasure and hunt seat having won numerous Top Tens at the State Level. She's committed to youth and has been in 4-H for more than 12 years. Monica attended University of Wisconsin, River Falls for Animal Science Equine Management.
Melanie began riding at the age of five on her quarter horses. She has been training horses, teaching lessons and showing horses professionally for 25 years and is experienced in western, hunt and saddle seat riding. Melanie enjoys teaching riders of all ages and abilities.
Melanie and husband John live in Stillwater, Minnesota; have two married children and three grandchildren.