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 (NBHT), where learning and progress become fun and easy by promoting a positive, goal-orientated environment for horse and human. My name is Nicole Brickner, and I have been a trainer and lesson instructor for over 25 years. I have been working with, training and showing horses from a young age and knew early on that my life and career would revolve around helping horses.

I attended UW River Falls and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science, with an Equine Emphasis and Business Option in 2001. I formed NB Horse Training, LLC after graduation and have been living the equine life ever since!!

I also have an equine behavioral problem book out on Amazon if you want to look it up. It has received wonderful reviews and I have received very positive feedback from hundreds of horse owner’s since its release.



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 finishing horses 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 gain 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:

  • 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.

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