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Head Trainer Caitlin Unterman

Bringing Excitement to The Sport

Caitlin hails from the north (the Big Apple to be exact), but found her roots were really in the countryside here in Virginia. Riding is in her blood, as the name of the company does denote (CULU is a combination of her initials, and her late father's, Lee Unterman). 


The riding careers of all of Caitlin's family are founded here in Virginia. Caitlin's late grandfather, William S. Trimmer, rode for Randolph Scott and Gale Storm. Caitlin's uncle, Sid Trimmer, rehabilitates race horses into new careers right down the road in Gordonsville, VA. The close family ties to the racehorse community, and show community here in Central VA, bring CULU to it's tagline...


Fueled by Family


A graduate of Randolph College, Caitlin holds 7 year-end championship awards in SWVHJA, VHSA, USEF, and USHJA show circuits. Specializing in hunter jumpers (with a keen eye for OTTB projects), Caitlin also shows expertise in barrel racing, Western pleasure, and English pleasure. 

Assistant Trainer Denise Coleman

Expertise at its Finest

Denise is a veteran equestrian instructor with many accolades under her belt. She has served as head groom of the Randolph Macon-Women's College Riding Stable, is licensed in four different riding disciplines, and has experience with therapy horses and riders. Denise is a valued member of the CULU Equestrian family, and when she is not at the barn, you can find her teaching High School Ecology, Earth Science, and Biology over at Jefferson Forest HS. 

EQUINE Manager- Irina Bridges

Meticulous care for performance horses

Originally from Charlottte, NC, Irina has been in the CULU family for a couple of years.  Irina is our full-time barn manager and boarding manager. She also is Caitlin's catch-rider and can usually be found in the arena when not at the barn. In her spare time, Irina is a certified EMT, volunteering with local rescue squads!