Denise Gless, Certified Instructor


























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Denise Gless, Certified Instructor

A California native who grew up on horseback, Denise Gless has a distinctive background. Her passion for horses started as a toddler, and at an early age it drove her to convince her parents to purchase her first horse, “Flapper”, a Quarter Horse residing in Norco.  She rode him bareback and took care of him until her family moved to Tehran, Iran in 1970.


Throughout her high school years in Iran, she trained with various European and American instructors and had the privilege to ride numerous horses in the Junior Show Jumping Division representing the Shah of Iran’s Royal Stables.


Following high school graduation, Denise returned to the United States to pursue an equine education attending Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. It was there that she earned her Certificate of Instruction in Horsemanship.  To complement her equine certification, Denise went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.


With her formal education completed, Denise came back home to California and since 1987 she has resided in Temecula’s wine country at Blue Mesa Farm.


For the past twenty years Denise has continued pursuing her passion with horses - saving ‘retired’ Thoroughbred racehorses, re-training and preparing them for the hunter-jumper or dressage show circuits - competing on her Thoroughbred mare, “Starlings Darling” - winning numerous high-point awards at local shows - Denise has been recognized by the California Dressage Society (CDS) as Reserve Grand Champion, Training Level Division.


In 2007, Denise designed and began teaching a curriculum for beginning equine enthusiasts entitled “Introduction to Horsemanship” and is now dedicated to sharing her equine knowledge and experience with others in a friendly and scenic setting at Blue Mesa Farm. 


Blue Mesa Farm’s ‘Mission Statement’


To promote and teach good horsemanship skills, encouraging students to be caring, loving and to treat each horse with dignity and respect.


Starting people off on the right “hoof”

Teaching horsemanship skills from the ground up