Professional services


Appel Sporthorses offers consultations regarding all aspects of the horse industry.  Whether you would like simple questions answered or an in depth study done, we can provide you with the information you need.   Wonder what kind of riding would best suit you?  Wondering if the horse you just bought is too much for you?  Wondering if you should change barns?  Wondering what kind of horse property you should buy? These are the types of questions we can answer for you.    

Appel Sporthorses offers horse appraisals to its clients.  Molly Appel is a accredited member of the American Society of Equine Appraisers and can give you a detailed appraisal of your horse for a reasonable fee.   (American Society of Equine Appraisers, Appraiser # 04340)  People may find themselves in need of an appraisal in many situations including a horse sale, filing of tax return, divorce, probate proceeding or to obtain insurance coverage.  
Appel Sporthorses specializes in the appraisal of Hunters, Jumpers and Dressage horses, but all types of horses and disciplines are welcome.  


Appel Sporthorses recognizes how hard it can be to make true progress with horses.  Riders often feel stuck in a perpetual cycle of 2 steps forward, 1 step back.  At Appel Sporthorses we develop training packages that address all aspects of a horse and rider's well being and which focus on true progress, not just band-aids.  We believe that the riding and training of horses can only be successfully achieved by the thoughtful and careful application of the classical principles of dressage.  By following the training system of the German Riding School and other great classical riders, Appel Sporthorses takes horse and rider through a predictable and repeatable training regime that leaves horses happy and sound.  Contact us today to discuss a customized training package for you!



The staff at Appel Sporthorses includes Molly Appel Morse and Ian Morse. 


Molly and Ian have the wide breath of experience that is necessary to deal with the challenges the horse world can throw at you.  When you are left scratching your head and wondering what to do, give us a call.  We can help you make decisions regarding the purchase of horses, appropriate training programs and the purchase of horse properties.  We can even help with decisions like what shows to go to this year.  You spend too much money and time on your horses to worry about whether or not you are making the right decision.  Consultation with experts such as Appel Sporthorses can give you the peace of mind that you have done your homework. All consultations are confidential and reasonably priced.    

Molly grew up on a small farm in Los Angeles County where her parents raised Arabians, Welsh Ponies, Shetland Ponies, Miniature horses and African pygmy goats.  From an early age she learned how to take care of horses and livestock.  Molly competed from the age of 6 to 17 in Hunters and Equitation on the west coast under the instruction of trainers at Rainbow Canyon Ranch (Azusa, CA), including Mary Gatti, John Bragg, Patrick Spanton and Kim Tasker.  Molly competed extensively at one day shows, AHSA (now known as USEF), LAHSA and SFVHA shows as a child.  She also competed at many A shows riding leased horses.  She competed in the Children's Hunters, Junior Hunters, Equitation divisions and also in many medal classes.  At the age of 15 while riding several sales horse, she was 1990 LAHSA B Highpoint Champion for ages 15-17.  

After enjoying years of riding, Molly wanted to become a horse trainer but understood the challenges and great resources trainers need in order to succeed.  Molly went to law school at Southwestern University School of Law and graduated cum laude.  Molly then worked as a criminal prosecutor, in dependency court and as a criminal defense attorney.  She later obtained her real estate broker's license.  She also worked to become a certified equine appraiser.  

Molly has successfully imported horses from abroad and shown as an adult. She has managed the successful pregnanies, foalng and training of several horses.  Molly's life long dream of having her own horse operation was realized in January of 2007 with the purchase of A & M Ranch. 

Molly has served on the board of Director's for the Santa Barbara County Riding Club (SBCRC) and the Earl Warren Showgrounds Foundation.  She has volunteered for the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association (SYVEA) helping organize the SYVEA Hunter/Jumper shows.  She has been a member of the United States Equestrian Association,  The United States Dressage Federation, The American Hannoverian Society, The American Connemara Pony Society, KWPN-NA, SBCRC, SYVEA and the American Society of Equine Appraisers.   

Ian Morse is from Canada and has a wide breath of experience.  He is an attorney and was a contractor for many years.  He is currently in charge of maintenance and construction on the ranch.  His experience in the construction industry has already proved invaluable in the development of the ranch.