Our Team

Get to know our staff!


Marissa Mendoza

Director of Operations, Head Instructor & Trainer

Jackie Wyer

Program Director
Although technically a fish biologist, Jackie has had her hands in the HoofbeatZ franchise since 2012 when it was active in Dubai and Qatar. She received her Bachelor's in Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology at Colorado State University and was a government contract for NOAA for a year out of Norfolk, VA working on commercial fishing vessels at sea. Eileen Verdieck, her aunt, along with her mother Maureen Wyer had introduced her to horses at a young age, since it was a family passion. She has taken multiple roles in developing HoofbeatZ USA, from office management to lead marketing director, and assistant instructor.

Merrick Miller

Instructor & Training Assistant
Horse crazy from a young age, Merrick began taking riding lessons at 6 years old and has never looked back. Whether it was cutting out photos from horse magazines to put on her bedroom wall, or demanding that her parents drive the long way home so they could pass the horse barns, Merrick’s world revolved around horses. While Merrick is a lover of all horses, her heart has been tied to the Arabian breed since she began showing them at 12 years old. Over the course of her competitive career, Merrick has shown purebred and half-Arabians in Native Costume, Liberty, Country Pleasure, and her favorite, Hunter Pleasure. In 2017 Merrick received her Associates Degree in Equine Science from Scottsdale Community College. Merrick believes that the key to success in the horse world is having a solid, educated foundation. Whether it’s introducing beginners to the magic of riding, or it’s fine-tuning more advanced equestrians, Merrick enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with Hoofbeatz clients. When she’s not at HoofbeatZ, Merrick can be found either trail riding her purebred gelding, Dino, with her dog Penny in tow, or preparing for a show with her half-Arabian mare, Victoria.

Anthony Swedlund

Instructor & Groom
With 48 consecutive years in the equine industry, Tony has managed several large horse training and breeding facilities. Tony also has over a decade as an independent trainer spanning Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arizona. As an instructor, Tony has taught Youth and Amateur Halter, Western Pleasure, English, Horsemaship and Trail. He has worked extensively with Quarter horses and Paints, and is multi-Paint and multi-Pinto World Champion. Tony has also been an open show and 4-H judge for 20 years, IM and IV qualified, and foaled 540 mares and foals!