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Meet Our Coaches

Crystal Birchmeier-Diehl

Crystal grew up in a horse family,  showing quarter horses in all-around events starting at the age of 6.  
Before starting Happy Hooves, she trained in the Arabian breeding industry, developed a foundation in classical dressage, and worked as the head instructor at  several local barns.

Crystal primarily teaches intermediate-advanced dressage lessons. Her love of kids brings a patient and fun aspect to instructing. 

Crystal is also the farm manager. 


Erin Frank

Erin has been riding at Happy Hooves since 2013. She has trained in dressage, jumping, cross country, western, and equine agility.


Though she does not own a horse of her own, Erin is helping train Magic in equine agility and working equitation, and Finn in dressage.


Erin is attending the University of Michigan as a Movement Science Major. 


Kaylin Dever

Kaylin began riding at Happy Hooves in 2015. With a focus mainly on dressage, she has also been trained in western and hunt seat. Throughout college, she competed on the Grand Valley State University Hunt Team.


Kaylin recently graduated from GVSU, majoring in biology, and spends the time she isn’t at the barn going on adventures with her dog, Thor


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Adam Diehl

Adam has been a lifelong horse enthusiast and began riding over 25 years ago, working at a local farm to pay for riding lessons. He has broad experience in the horse industry; in addition to his experience in riding, training and instruction, he has worked at breeding farms, training stables, and lectured at the college level in horse behavior.


He holds a Horse Management Certificate and Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Michigan State University. Over the years, he has competed in Eventing, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper arenas, and has trained with several well-known professionals in these areas. 

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Jasmine Davillier

My name is Jasmine. I am studying psychology and criminology at EMU. I have been riding and working with horses at Happy Hooves for 10 years. I love being with the horses and connecting with them on all levels.


I enjoy dressing them up, talking to them, or just walking around exploring with horses. I think it's really important to connect with the horses to get a better partnership/ride. I also have a dog named Carmel, a hamster named Cookie, and three ducks named Tokyo, Bubbs and Luna.



Leah Astrup

 I started my journey with horses as a young girl. Taking lessons at a local barn, leasing a horse for the summer, and owning my first horse at 13. I have always had an interest in holistic health care for myself and my animals.


I purchased my current horse 15 years ago, after a couple years she was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance, which started me on a journey of studying nutrition, and alternative healing modalities, eventually leading me to equine bodywork.

I achieved my certification as an Equine Touch practitioner in 2010, and quickly went on to study with Mary Debono in her application of the Feldenkrais Method for horses.


Combining these 2 modalities with my nutrition studies, I was also deeply influenced by the work of the Postural Rehab group, headed by Judith Shoemaker, DVM. In the last 7 years I have also had the privilege of working with Dr. Robert Bowker, DVM, one of the leading authorities on the equine hoof. The last couple years we have started to host hoof clinics here in Michigan, to help horse owners and anyone who would like to know more about how to develop a healthy and balanced hoof. I love to help educate and share the latest research with my clients, as well as provide you with simple bodywork techniques you can utilize to help support your horses between visits.

Yoshi Babcock

Yoshi Babcock came to the States as an exchange student from Japan in 1997 and continued her education to become a psychologist. She earned a master's degree in Humanistic Psychology and became a licensed psychologist in 2005. She has extensive experience with neuropsychological testing and conducting psychotherapy with clients of all ages dealing with anxiety, trauma, self-esteem issues, and cultural differences. Yoshi also has experience in working as a clinical research assistant at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Traditional Asian Medicine in Sendai, Japan.  


While working in Japan, she experienced the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In search of healing her trauma, she started riding horses and discovered the therapeutic aspect of horses. Her strong passion for connecting with horses led her to earn a certification from Equispirit Partnership as an Equine Guided Learning (EGL) coach and facilitator in 2017. She also trained under Natural Lifemanship for Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Yoshi aims to combine humanistic philosophy with modern neuropsychological findings and utilize alternative approaches, such as eastern medicine, EGL, and psychotherapy. 

Contact Us

Happy Hooves Equine LLC

9177 Gross Rd, Dexter MI 48130

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