You can take the girl out of the country but you cant take the country out of the girl
As many of you may know I spent over a decade managing a farm and running my sport horse and rider training business out of Kirkwood, PA. I met amazing people, many of whom I hope to be lifelong friends. The farm and my team met quite a few horses in that time; some that developed into upper level event horses, others that became perfect AA or junior mounts and some that found their paths in other avenues. All the same, I enjoyed working with all of them and figuring out their individual needs. Some of these horses were under my care as a manager, boarding at the facility I ran, others came to the farm to be trained and sold, but many were with me for an extended period of time as competition mounts for myself or my students. Having that relationship with the horses brought me a great amount of joy (and quite the education!) At the end of 2020 the owners of the farm decided that it was the right time in their lives to sell the farm and focus on some other family endeavors. I’ll always be grateful for the Hulme family and their dedication to the farm and myself while it was under their ownership.
At that time I thought I would try something different and change the approach of my business. My husband, myself, the pups and my young horse moved to the Delaware shore. I found a barn to board The Gonz (Maximum Quality) and I started traveling to teach at various barns in various states. Looking back on that year, it gave me time to reflect on who I am and what makes me tick as a rider, trainer and just a a person!
What I found was that I truly thrive off of being an integral part of a team developing sport horses and riders. However, after having trained in Kirkwood, Pa with the access to Andrews Bridge hunt land and the community we were surrounded with- I was worried that I might never find a facility and an area that felt like “home” again. I love using natural terrain as a part of my training; whether that be on a hack through the woods or riding with a student side by side out in the open. I feel like the horses and us riders gain so much from adding this into the program.
LOW and behold it happened. IT IS HAPPENING!
In a few days time I will be moving to Virginia to join Phyllis Dawson and her team at Windchase Farm. So the girl is heading back to the country 🙂
Windchase farm is a dedicated sport horse breeding and training facility right in the heart of Area II Virginia eventing. The farm is situated on over 200 acres of amazing terrain, plenty of hacking, LOTS of cross country training, a dressage arena, an outdoor jump arena and an indoor. I can’t tell you how excited I am to once again be engulfed in my passion and amongst the likes of Olympian Phyllis Dawson and her team. This facility has all that I was hoping for and so much more – in addition to that you can’t beat the views!
I look forward to all the new horses, clients and friends I’ll be able to meet BUT also really hope to see many of my current friends and their horses too! Plenty of training (and fun) to be had in VA ….so I will see all of you there!