“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.”
- Sharon Ralls Lemon
Waldenbrook Farm – John French, Trainer
Over the past 20 years, John has guided both horses and students alike to mutiple successes in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Famous for his style in the saddle, winning attitude and dedication to the sport, John has taken home top honors from coast to coast on a number of different horses. His method to achieving a winning round is confidence. "Pick up the pace right away – don’t doubt yourself. To have a winning ride, you can’t think ‘am I going to find the distance’ you have to let that go. When you are tentative it interrupts the flow. Let the doubts go out of your mind – that’s when you ride the best. Take risks – believe in the ride," he said.
While success in the hunter ring is evident, a handful of years ago John also proved he had what it took to win at the international Grand Prix level. Over a five-year period, John went from Rookie Grand Prix Rider of the Year to qualifying for the World Cup Finals, placing in Britain’s Hickstead Grand Prix and representing the US on Nations Cup Teams in Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and Sweden.
Rose Hill Stables - Hilary Johnson, Trainer
Hilary has had over 27 successful years training horses and riders in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She has taken many riders from the Short Stirrup to winning top honors in Junior Hunters, Medal Finals and even the Grand Prix ring. She teaches both horses and riders with endless patience, giving each the time they need to learn and develop at a pace that suits their individual needs. Hilary had many opportunities as a junior rider to train with talented and accomplished trainers on both coasts. She competed in jumpers, equitation, hunters, dressage and eventing. She began teaching and riding for her trainers Nancy Patton and Diane Yeager during the summers while she was still in high school. She and friend Paul Bennett started their own business, Sun Grove Farm, when she was in her mid twenties. Together they took many riders to year end championships, medal final wins and qualified several horses for Indoors. Hilary also rose up through the ranks in the jumpers under the guidance of Chris Borba and achieved her dream of competing in the Grand Prix ring. After a short hiatus from horses Hilary came back to start Rose Hill Stables. Once again she is developing successful horse and rider teams in every ring
Thank you to all the incredible teachers, mentors, horses and students who have helped me to be the rider and trainer I am today; there is nothing like the freedom you find on a horse.