Meet the People

Riding Star Ranch
isn't your average horse stable....

We aren't just strangers that ride horses together,
Or random people that hang out just because we share the same interest...
We are so much more than that.
We are a family.

Executive Director
Dawn Schmertmann
(941) 626-6787
Contact Dawn for general information about everything and anything!
Board, leasing, horses for sale, Rider's Chip-In, Partner's in Fun, donations, or anything else that comes to mind!

     With over 30 years of diversified experience with horses, Dawn absolutely loves what she does. "Growing up with horses has been a blessing that I cherish everyday." She has participated in many different disciplines, from Hunter/Jumper to racing Trotters, and she loves them all.  One of her dreams is making it possible for others to experience the many joys that horses can bring to one person's life as the many mares, stallions, and geldings have brought to hers.

Volunteer Coordinator
Joy Sickafoose
(239) 839-3269
Contact Joy for general information or questions about volunteering.

Check back soon for Joy's bio!

Program Coordinator / Riding Instructor
Becky Bezuyen
Contact Becky with questions about any programs such as the Equestrian Team, Parent Camp, horse showing, etc. that are offered at the ranch.

     Becky has been riding and handling horses since 1998. She trained  extensively at Hunter/Jumper riding in upstate New York at several facilities including Willow Hill Farm and Mirabella Stables. After moving to Florida in 2003, Becky's mother purchased an Appendix Quarter Horse for her and for the next few years, she expanded her experience of horses through owning this mare. In 2008, Becky moved to Ocala to pursue a degree in Equine Science and Business Management. While there, she competed with the IHSA Riding Team for Central Florida College, as well as riding for Hunters Edge Equestrian Center under Courtney Larkin-Williams.
     Becky has been a part of the Riding Star Ranch family since October 2010 and is currently helping train some of the horses at the ranch, as well as promote the rapidly expanding Equestrian Team. She currently owns two horses, Jay Jay and Selena, who will be hopefully showing this season. Her hope is to see more young  people out at the ranch, expand their equine knowledge, and help them go to horse events as often as they can.

Property/Barn Manager
Michael Beal

Michael has been with Riding Star Ranch since August 2011 after coming to Florida after graduating from Professional Golfer's Career College in Hilton Head, SC. He is Dawn's son and welcomes the opportunity to help his mother with her dream of helping Riding Star Ranch grow. He is currently in charge of organizing and keeping the ranch in an ideal condition. He helps whenever and wherever he is needed most and we appreciate everything he does for us! Keep up the good work Mike!
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