Our staff is what makes us different. All of the staff members at Cross Winds Farm are exceptional people, providing clients professional and personal assistance.
Jennifer Claps-Heldt has been a part of the Cross Winds family since 1994. She has a wide range of competive experience, which includes Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage (1st Level). As well as being a seasoned instructor and trainer, Jenny (having dedicated her life to education) is also a 7th grade Math teacher. She currently travels with our “C” circuit show team and loves working with riders of all levels. She has unlimited patience with beginner riders, and a proficiency in training green horses. Jenny is an integral part of our team.
Melinda Michaels is a “seasoned” horsewoman, who has been around horses much of her life, bringing with her lots of hands-on experience that started at the early age of 7! Melinda is considerate, professional and versatile, having the ability to teach English as well as Western riding. Melinda specializes in teaching beginner riders the fundamentals of this incredible sport.
Kelly Watson is Cross Winds Farm owner. Having been around horses her whole life, Kelly has competed in everything from Team-Penning to Hunter/Jumpers. She is a participant in the Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (NIHJA), as well as being the originator of the “PTS” (a Place to Start) show circuit. Kelly is detail-oriented and dedicated to her clients, providing them with the tools and directions needed to achieve individual goals — always with a personal touch. Kelly is hands-on in the operation of Cross Winds Farm, and her attention to detail is superior. Everything from the quality of the hay and grain to the condition of the footing in the arena is of the utmost importance. Care of horses and clients is her top concern.