About my team and I
Elevation through Equine Education
My name is Amber Wagoner-Toyne and I’ve been training horses and mules professionally since 2000. I began riding at the age of 8 and was lucky to travel all over the United States and ride with some great horsemen and women. My training philosophy is based on Natural Horsemanship. I am and will always be a student of the horse. I love working with mules because they humble me and remind me how much more there is to learn! I believe in developing a partnership between horse/mule and rider. Get the most out of your relationship with your horse or mule by calling me today.
Living the dream
AS Pack Station and Stable Operation Feather River College 2000
20+ years of training, giving lessons, and showing horses here and there.
ABOUT Amber’s Equine Career
· Started riding at age 8, giving lessons at 15, training horses at 15 (for Free), Paid Trainer at age 21.
· Instructional Assistant at Feather River College from 2000-2005 – Managing 3 Instructors, 3 work study students, 100 head of Horses, Budget Management, Curriculum Management and much more!
· Manager of Reid Horse and Cattle Co. 2000-2003 (due to FRC growth I had to work only for college) Manage 2 Riding stables, 1 Pack Station, 16 employees, 100 head of Horses and Mules, Bookkeeping, Guide trail rides, Instruct Kids Camps, and much more!
· 2005-Current – Owner of Wagoner Training – Starting colts and Mules, Giving Lessons, Hosting Clinics, and Breeding & Training her own horses. Committee Member of Beaverhead County 4-H Horse Committee from 2014-2019.
COLTS & KIDS - Amber has dreamed of this opportunity to provide Equine Education to youth as an after school program since she was a part of Camp Smith Stables in Aiea, HI from 91’-94’. Amber embraced the program on all aspects of what it provided.
“We learned about horses, rode like crazy, learned how to work by doing chores and guiding guest trail rides, and my grades only improved because of the help I received from the staff during homework time. I have always dreamed of being able to start a similar program where ever I planted my roots. What I am hoping to get out starting this program is for my students to become better than me.”
Amber W. Wagoner
Wagoner - Toyne
Dakota has been riding since before she could walk. While Amber was working with Beaverhead County 4-H she saw this girls extreme talents and offered her a job to help sell some Horses & Mules at the Salmon Select Sale in 2018. Since then Dakota has started and trained many Horses and Mules with Amber. Dakota is planning to go on to become a veterinarian like her father.
"Dakota has work ethic that you don't find in most girls her age. She is a true student of the horse with more talent than she even realizes. I am extremley lucky to have her work along side me. She helps me learn how to be a better teacher" Amber Wagoner-Toyne
Marisa will be taking on her own clients starting Aug. 2022!
My name is Marisa Lustig. I grew up on my family farm where we always had cows and horses. I learned to ride when I was young and learned great work ethic from years of helping my dad and grandfather on the farm. I followed my love for horses to the University of Montana Western. I graduated Spring of 2020 and since then I have worked with horses at various ranches in MT.
I met Amber a year ago and was excited to learn she was looking for an additional member to her team. I look forward to working for Amber and furthering my knowledge of training horses and mules.
Ellen is a native of Dillon , MT, where she grew up riding on her family’s small acreage before training with Amber Wagoner ( of Wagoner Training) in high school. Ellen moved to California in 2012 to pursue an Associates Degree in Ag Science & Equine Studies from Feather River College in Quincy, CA. After graduating from Feather River College , she spent a show season riding with a reined cowhorse trainer in Auburn , CA before returning to school in Chico, CA to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business. She moved to Idaho after graduation to pursue full time work with 2-Million Dollar NRCHA rider Jake Telford. She spent two years riding with him, then a further three years with reined cowhorse trainer Ricky Nicolazzi of Tucson, AZ. Between part time positions while in school and full time work, Ellen has been riding for trainers in three different states for almost 10 years. She is excited to continue her training career as the newest member of Wagoner Training in Melrose, MT.
Destiny Mink - Assistant Trainer "In Training"
Destiny came to me to do her internship for her Horsemanship degree at UMWestern and she is here to stay.
Her work Ethic, Passion, and willingness to learn and try new things has been an asset to our team!
She is currently completing her Equine Education degree and doing internship hours doing riding lessons under my supervision and has been doing awesome!