Shawn Mott, Master Horseman and CEO
Shawn trained his first mustang when he was ten years old. Since then, he has truly lived the life of a cowboy. As an eagle scout, he was mentored by a 70-year-old half-Cherokee horseman, who shared his secrets in the ways of the horse. Together, they taught groups of boy scouts trail riding, rodeo and other horsemanship disciplines. As a young man, Shawn raised and raced his own horses. He then built Hillcrest Ranch in Sunol, started the Sunol park pack station, founded Sunset Riding Academy in Sunol and ran the Head to Tail feed store. Shawn has also contracted with Wente Winery, was one of the mounted police for Shoreline amphitheater, and worked with the Fame charter schools. Shawn continues to teach all levels of western riding at Chaparral Ranch in Woodside and Milpitas. He is a Touched by a Horse certified instructor. His expert horsemanship has been showcased on Bay Area Backroads and is still showing as a favorite. He has been featured on Evening Magazine as well as in several local newspapers.
Susan Pennell, Secretary/Treasurer and Operations
Susan is involved in all aspects of Chaparral Corporation. She works with the ranch and its horses on a daily basis - training, teaching lessons and assisting with guided trail rides. In addition, Susan brings an extensive entrepreneurial business and marketing background to the venture. She has owned several of her own businesses. After setting aside her passion for horses in her early 20’s to launch a career and raise children, Sue happily returned to riding, owning and training her own horses ten years ago and never looked back. The daughter of a Sioux horseman, Susan honors the way of the horse.
Alyssa Schacher, General Manager
Alyssa Schacher joined the Chaparral Team in 2013 and is our current General Manager. She is a multifaceted individual who helps with camps, teaching lessons, guiding trails and beach rides, tending to horses daily, and transporting to various locations. Her passion for animals, specifically horses, has been life long. As a previous veterinary technician, she maintains a hands on approach to the care and well being of all the Chaparral Ranch critters.
Ashley Molnar, Ranch Manager
Ashley is sixth generation in a family of cattle ranchers. Since before she could walk she was horseback and never turned back. As a young girl she was passionate about the English riding style and rode a POA in show jumping and dressage. Ashley's parents bought her her first horse, Lily, at the age of ten who helped her find her passion working cattle. From team penning and sorting to roping and branding cattle, they did it all. You can still find Lily at Folger Stable helping Ashley lead trails, teach lessons, and train the young horses. Ashley attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before taking a job at a software company. After six years in the corporate world, she found her way to Chaparral Ranch and is happy to share her knowledge and experience with riders of all ages, skills, and disciplines.