Kristin Hlavac-O'Brien

Kristin and Ozzy


​​​​​Hello Granite Mountain Riders!  My name is Kristin Hlavac-O’Brien.  I’ve been a member of GMR since April of this year.  I heard about GMR from my friends Cathy Heath and Lynne Koller.

I have one 13.2 hh pony named Ozzy.  I’m a riding instructor and trainer so I had bought Ozzy when he was 5 years old for $1,000 from a sale barn hoping he would make a great lesson pony.  However, Ozzy had other plans and dumped all the kids.  I decided I would show him in some dressage shows and put him up for sale.  To my surprise, he was winning and loving it!  So here we are 20 years later.  He’s my little buddy with quite the personality.  From Long Island show pony to Arizona trail pony.  Except for his uncertainty about cattle, he’s really enjoying his trail exploration.

My husband Patrick and I moved to Prescott in March.  We lived in a town called Brookhaven Hamlet on Long Island, New York.  We drove across the country with our Jeep and a U-haul during the worldwide pandemic with our boxer, Samantha, and our two cats Pierre and Nolah Shay.  It was quite the four-day adventure to say the least!  We fell in love with Prescott from vacationing here.  We bought our house back in November and Patrick and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this wonderful Arizona community.

I’m looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you and your horses.  Cannot wait to take Ozzy on a GMR adventure!


Kristin and Samantha