About Us


Local Knowledge

We know the climate, the best equine vets, and the best suppliers.  

Nationally Recognized

Nicole was a featured clinician at the Midwest Horse Fair 2019.

Complete Service

Your horse will always be in a positive learning environment.

Nicole’s Story

Our head trainer, Nicole, knew from an early age that she wanted work with horses.

Welcome to NB Horse Training, where learning and progress become fun and easy by promoting a positive, goal orientated environment for both horse and human. My Name is Nicole Brickner, and I have been a trainer in the Fox Valley for 13 years. I have been working with, training, and showing horses from an early age, I first got involved with horses at age 11 and the rest, as they say, is history. I had known from the beginning of high school after working with my own, and many other horses, I wanted to go into horse training.

I went directly to UW River Falls after high school graduation and earned my Bachelor’s in Animal Science with an equine emphasis and a business option, graduating in 2001. I have been running NB Horse Training ever since. I also have the privilege of being the riding coach for the Neenah Equestrian team, Go Rockets!



We are lucky to work with some great people. By spreading the knowledge of good horsemanship we have been able to help our clients have positive experiences with their horses.   

“Nicole has enabled my horse to realize its full potential and increased my skill as rider. We have become top contenders at most every show we attend.”

Cathy Trippe

“Thanks to Nicole’s excellent training skills, I have accomplished SO much with my horse! Nicole has a vast knowledge of horses, and she has a natural ability to adapt her teaching methods and demeanor to riders of any level and any age.”

Cathy Twomey

Nicole Brickner

I have been working with, training, and showing horses from an early age. I first got involved in horses at age 11 and the rest, as they say, is history. I have a passion for wanting to enhance animals lives by our presence in their world. I try to achieve this through mutual respect, trust, consistency, and compassion.

I furthered my experience by attending UW River Falls and graduating with high honors, earning my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an equine emphasis and a business option. Taking courses that increased my overall knowledge of the horse, how to work with horses and people in a positive approach, valuable experience in starting horses and under saddle to finishing them for the show pen. I was a member of and competed on the UWRF IHSA western and huntseat team. I completed an internship the summer between my sophomore and junior year with Larry Kasten, who at the time was head of the equine department at UWRF, at Kasten Reining Horses where I continued to learn how to properly and successfully start horses under saddle and gained further experience working with green and finished reining horses.

I have been training horses and giving riding instruction professionally since I graduated from UWRF in 2001. I specialize in:

  • Starting horses under saddle, without using harsh methods or harsh equipment
  • Evaluating, diagnosing, and correcting behavioral problems, with a very high success rate (please see my testimonials page)
  • Finishing horses for the recreational rider or for the show pen, class A and 4-H/open shows
  • I am also highly experienced and successful in training for trail riding, showmanship, huntseat pleasure and equitation, western pleasure and horsemanship, trail class, hunter hack, and much more.

I have coached many horse/combos to state championships, high point awards, year-end awards, and to becoming an overall successful team that is just as relaxed and quiet on the trail as in the show pen. I have also coached the Neenah Equestrian team for the past 5 years, qualifying for state every year, and this year bringing home the division C championship at state!

Give me a call and we can talk about how I can apply my skills, experience, and knowledge to help you, your child, and/or your horse!

Nicole Brickner

Nicole Brickner

Head Trainer