Denize Borges, Owner and Trainer
Denize started her riding career at age 10 in a summer camp in Carmel Valley, where she was born and raised. After much success in all athletic endeavors throughout grade school, middle school, and high school, Denize thrived on the challenge of learning to ride a horse. 'It is the hardest sport I have ever attempted to master.'
As a junior, Denize competed heavily in the hunters, jumpers,
and equitation. She showed extensively throughout California, Arizona, and Canada. From 1983 through 1986 she qualified for all the medals and won many championships in the Junior Hunters and Junior Jumpers. She was often given horses to ride as her reputation for catch riding was well known. Denize was a fierce and successful competitor in the medal finals throughout her junior years with many wins.
The day after graduating from Carmel High School she went to work for renowned jumper rider and trainer Duncan McFarlane in Novato, CA. Denize continued as assistant trainer at Windfall Farms, Inc. when the McFarlane's married.
In 1988, at age 19, Denize went out on her own to operate Crystal Image Farms in the Oakland hills. After leasing a number of facilities in the East Bay, Denize moved to her present location in 1999 and bought the farm where Crystal Image Farms is now located.
Denize has been a long-standing member of the following organizations: USEF, USHJA, NORCAL, PCHA, ASPCA, CPHA and SAHJA. She has been a NorCal board member for nine years and the President of the organization for the past five years. She enjoys judging horse shows and has also consulted for other facilities in the bay area. Denize feels she shines in the industry because of her extensive knowledge of all aspects of running a thriving, successful operation. She feels she and her staff at Crystal Image Farms are teaching far more than just riding skills, they are teaching life skills.