A bit about our team...
We aim to give you the safest and most enjoyable horse experience possible using our combined technical and mental training techniques we've learned from generations before us...
Runaway Ranch for us is about family, friends, and enjoying horses as a community. We have worked hard to develop proven training techniques to get you where you want to go. Our team meets weekly to discuss any challenges and lessons learned to work together to overcome our individual and group obstacles. Our goal is to continue to grow our program by listening to our client’s needs and overall experiences and use this to improve our curriculum. We are constantly improving our own knowledge through ongoing workshops, training publications, live seminars, teaching associations, and continuing education courses. We want to continue to deliver outstanding service to everyone while maintaining affordability. We love watching our students grow and are always setting the bar for having fun while learning and opening new opportunities. Give us a chance and see why we rank higher than any barn like us in our area.
Meet the Staff
With over 60years of combined experience, we're sure to help you reach your goals and have fun while doing it.
Krissy Lowe (Joy)
Krissy was born and raised on a Christian family horse farm in Winfield that is still successful and active today. After working with her, you'll soon realize that she's been riding and working with horses all her life. Growing up, she participated in many English events and especially enjoyed Pony Club, Dressage, Cross country and Stadium Jumping. While in High school, Krissy started competing in IHJA / NIHJAHunter Jumper Circuits. Pursuing her lifelong passion of becoming a horse trainer and following God's path, Krissy attended The University of Findlay for four years and Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Business and Equestrian Studies with and emphases in Western. Since graduating she went on to work for several different Western Trainers within the US, learning the ins and outs of the western training/show world. After settling back in Illinois and marrying Ryan, Krissy has found her forever home and has been growing her riding lesson program, sharing her knowledge, and helping people truly discover what is possible with a horse. She particularly enjoys teaching English and Western groups, semi private, and private lessons in many different disciplines. Krissy also specializes in helping people overcome their fears of riding by better communication with the horses and building a solid foundation.
Ryan started out riding and working horses back in the late 90's after buying his first horse at an automotive auction in Maple Park on a split decision. After quickly realizing that there is a lifetime of knowledge to be learned, he started diving deep into the horse world and has been learning, sharing, and enjoying the horse passion ever since. Today, he works with riders looking for a better bond with their horse through natural horsemanship, Trick training, advanced ground work, mounted shooting, and Western and English basics. His techniques are successful in gaining trust with the horses and teaching people how to establish a loving and respectful relationship on their horsemanship journey. Ryan is a jack of all trades type of person and is always thinking outside the box when it comes to communicating both verbally and training techniques to the horse and rider. Ryan has helped many riders here at the barn teach tricks to their horses include Bowing, Lay down, Sit up, Sit down, Yes/no, Spanish Walk, Lavade (Rearing), Curtsy Bow, and Smiling. During the process, these tricks train your horse to be calm, willing, and trusting of their owners while having some fun. Ryan is always saying "The trick is the bonus" as he believes that the horses learn so much more during the whole process than just the trick itself. Ryan also loves the sport of Mounted shooting, and has earned the nickname “Flyin Ryan” from his friends for speeding through the course on his main horse Titan. He loves working with riders and their mounts to learn the sport of CMSA including tack and equipment requirements, Gun handling, Course management, and teaching the horses to Gunfire.
Junior Program Lead
Cassie has been interacting with and riding horses her whole life while growing up living the equestrian dream. She began riding as early as 3 years old and began taking formal English and Western lessons at a local barn at age 5. Following her passion, Cassie joined her local 4H as well as attending any local shows she could find to better her riding skills. As she grew older, Cassie focused her equine interests towards the hunter jumper circuit and cowboy mounted shooting with her horses Windsor, Blaze, and various other equine companions, and competed at many events. Cassie has always been heavily involved with our barn activities including camps, fieldtrips, and birthday parties. She has always had a natural and compassionate connection with people and animals, and when combined with her ongoing thirst for more horse knowledge, she had begun transitioning from student to teacher in 2011. Cassie currently heads up the junior program here at Runaway while attending local college and has her own following of students. She recently spent a year attending Iowa State University where she was involved with their equestrian team and competed in many IHSA shows while pursuing her degree in business. She is also working on further certifications for riding instruction and plans to compete and volunteer with NIU’s equestrian team to fulfill her love for riding.