Becky has ridden and shown hunters and jumpers for more than 40 years. She competed successfully in the jumpers while training with Joe Fargis and Conrad Homfeld, the 1984 Olympic individual gold and silver medalists. She was champion or reserve at shows such as Devon, South Hampton, Lake Placid, Upperville, Washington International and in Florida. She bred, raised and trained the champion hunter Deed of Trust. "Spider" was successful in the working hunter division at Devon, Upperville, NCHJA, the Winter Equestrian Festival, Pennsylvania National, New York National and Washington International with Harold Chopping aboard while Becky rode him successfully herself in the Amateur Owner division. She valued her own education and sought out lessons and clinics from some of the best riders in the country. Her desire is to share that education and experience with riders of all ages who are eager to learn. She is a Level 1 Certified Trainer with the United States Hunter Jumper Association.
Kim has 30 years of experience riding and teaching and has worked with a large variety of horses and riders. She started her career as a working student under Barbara Thomas at Sedgefield Stables in 1980. Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, Kim worked full-time at Sedgefield as an assistant barn manager and instructor until Barbara retired in 2004. From Barbara and her family Kim benefited from a wealth of practical horse expertise and wisdom, and an ethic that always puts the welfare of the animal first. In 2004, she moved her lesson business and school horses to Fieldstone Farm. Kim starts students as young as five years of age, and has no upper age limit. Safe, reliable school horses who are excellent for helping riders build skill and confidence form the cornerstone of her training program. Kim emphasizes respect and empathy for the horse, and teaches correct basics of riding and handling horses whatever your goals-- showing in the hunter or jumper ring, dressage, or simply riding for pleasure. Private or group lessons are available as well as a limited leasing program.
Ell is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Animal Sciences Department with an emphasis in Equine Studies. She has competed successfully in hunters, jumpers, and eventing and was a member of Virginia Tech's IHSA show team for her entire collegiate career. As an undergradute, she studied abroad in Germany and earned the first level of a German rider's liscence. Ell also worked at Virginia Tech's Middleburg Agriculture and Research Extension (MARE) Center. While there, she worked with the director on breeding high-quality sporthorses, marketing young horses, and conducting reproduction and exercise studies. She has 3 years of experience in teaching beginners and is working to hone her skills in helping both horse and rider to learn confidently and safely.