Meet Our People

Experienced Trainers

Trainer & Owner | Clifden Farm

Aislinn Bujewski

Aislinn Bujewski – trainer of Clifden Farm – is a true Irish horse trainer. She began riding at an early age and was privileged to train with Iris Kellett and John Hall at The Kellett Riding School in Kildare Ireland where she studied and was certified as a British Horse Society Instructor.

Aislinn worked in Europe before moving to the Chicagoland area in 1992, since then she has taken riders from beginner to the show ring. She is passionate about the sport and strives to help her students communicate clearly with their horses. Aislinn believes in listening to both the horse and rider and helping them work better as a team. She believes there are many right ways to do things and is always looking to improve as a trainer.

Assistant Trainer | Clifden Farm

Colleen Konopka

Colleen first started formal riding lessons at the age of eight. She fell in love with learning about horses and quickly moved up as she began horse showing as a junior and amateur on the “A” and “AA” circuits. Colleen also competed on the IHSA circuit for Ohio University’s Equestrian Team with wins on both the regional and zone levels. Colleen acquired training in Dressage and Western Horsemanship in order to round out her education from multiple disciplines.

Colleen has ridden in and audited clinics with many talented and well known riders including: Chris Kappler, Kevin Babbington, Michael Page, Scott Hoffsetter. She continues to attend clinics; and jumps at any opportunity to further her education.

Owner | Forward Stride Stables

Kim Wasson

Kim is the owner of Forward Stride Stables and also a rider. Kim enjoys riding her horses Remo and Imac and often joins the ladies group for lessons. Prior to owning the stables Kim had a successful career as a clinical pharmacist but horses have always been her passion.