About Us

Family-owned and operated, Wanaja Farm is located along a beautiful scenic route in Oldham County, Kentucky in the heart of historic countryside just minutes from Louisville. We are a state-of-the-art boarding and dressage training facility, and we welcome other disciplines, as well.  We offer riding lessons at all levels and for all ages.  

Jane Retamoza, Owner/Barn Manager

The farm is owned by Jane, an Oldham County native, and her husband Ernest Retamoza from Stockton, California.    Ernest is a former Thoroughbred jockey turned Thoroughbred trainer.  He is a hands-on trainer, specializing in the breaking and training of young horses, and rehabilitating horses with mental and physical problems. Jane is the daughter of W.H. "Bud" and Nancy Millard, well known in the local horse community as two founders and initial members of the Long Run Hunt Club of which they served as master and secretary, respectively, for many years.  

 

Janie was raised with horses, and was a 10-year member of the United States Pony Club(USPC), showing extensively as a junior/young rider.  She has fox hunted with the Camargo Hunt Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Iroquois Hunt Club in Lexington, Kentucky, the Long Run Hunt Club in Eastwood, Kentucky, as well as with the Galway Blazers, North Galway, Kilkenny, Scarteen, Clare, and Limerick hunt clubs in Ireland.  She was one of the first two employees of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, one of the premier Thoroughbred Farms in the world today.  She galloped race horses for Hall of Fame trainer, Jack Van Berg, where she met her husband, Ernest, who was assistant trainer at the time.

Jane's philosophy is 'the care of the horse comes first' and it shows from her hard work around the farm.  She oversees all horses diligently and communicates well with all boarders, providing recommendations and assistance if necessary.  She also provides lessons for beginner to intermediate-level riders.

Tori Retamoza, Assistant Barn Manager / Dressage Trainer

Horses run in her blood!  Like her father (Ernie) and mother (Janie), Tori has been around horses her entire life.

 

Her passion is for the sport of dressage.  Tori was on the Region 2 Young Rider Team, competing at the NAYRC in both 2011 and 2012, and the only Region 2 Young Rider to receive an invitation to the USEF Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ in 2012. She has won multiple championships, regionally and nationally, and has collected many year-end awards.  Tori received her USDF Bronze Medal, Silver Medal, and Silver Freestyle Bar at the 2011 USDF Convention in San Diego, California. Tori achieved her USDF Gold Medal in 2015. In addition to being active in the dressage show circuit, Tori also served as the KDA JR/YR Chairman from 2010-2012. Tori received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Spalding University in 2016.

RECENT NEWS!  Tori is the 2018 National Dressage Pony Cup First Level Open Champion and Butterfly Encounter (Tink), her mount, is the 2018 National Dressage Pony Cup Grade Pony Champion!

Tori enjoys teaching from beginning through FEI level dressage riders.  

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