Our Trainers

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Rachael Ann Burgess

Head Trainer

Rachael is the owner and head trainer of Allegro Equestrian, in Derby Kansas. Rachael was born and raised in Los Angeles CA. She spent most of her equestrian career competing on the west coast.  Rachael  is dedicated to producing riders and horses that are competitive at local, national and international levels in both the hunter and jumper rings. She has been on the competitive show circuits in the US both a competitor and trainer for over 15 years. Along the way, Rachael has earned numerous certifications, awards and honors. Rachael’s lifelong commitment to training upcoming generations of riders and horses provides the tools, time, persistence, focus and discipline necessary for the Allegro Equestrian team to be reliable contenders wherever Allegro Equestrian travels. Rachael Brauer builds equestrian athletes through physical and mental skill development in order for each individual to achieve her/his goals as beginner through Grand Prix riders. Additionally, Rachael’s international networking with top professionals such as; Richard Spooner, David began, Joe Thorpe, Justin Resnick, Steve mcallister, Jenni Martin  brings top talent and expertise to all Allegro Equestrian riders through clinic and coaching opportunities. 


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Rachel Foss

Riding Instructor

Rachel Foss has been teaching at Allegro Equestrian since May 2021. Rachel grew up right here in Wichita, KS. She has experience in both western and English riding as she has been riding for 17 years and has competed at the local and national level for 10 years in hunt seat equitation and pleasure, hunter hack, and western pleasure. Rachel is excited about helping riders learn, grow, and develop as well as gain confidence in themselves while in the saddle and out of the saddle.

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Mercedes LeeAnn Walker

Riding Instructor

Mercedes is from Wichita, KS. She has been riding horses since a very young age. Mercedes has been with Allegro Equestrian since Sept 2020. Although Mercedes show experience isn’t as extensive as the other Trainers at Allegro Equestrian, Mercedes has a long history of teaching special needs students in a classroom setting. Mercedes is great at understanding and accepting students for who they are. This means not just helping them overcome their weaknesses but assisting them in finding and developing their talents too.

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