Meet the Trainers

Nicole

With over 40 years of experience of competitive showing. She enjoyed many successes under the watchful eye of such trainers as George Morris and Todd Minikus. Nicole had a highly successful junior career, and continues her success with her clients and their horses. She is a competitive yet compassionate trainer who takes great pride in harmonizing each horse and rider’s needs and abilities. Nicole grew up in New Albany, Ohio just two miles from her current farm in Johnstown. She also graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business.

 

Jess

Jessica started riding at the age of seven, and began showing not long after. She competed locally on the MHJA circuit with her pony, and earned numerous championships with him. She then purchased a green horse, and worked with him until they were competing competitively in the hunter divisions at the “AA” shows. She attended The University of Findlay and graduated with degrees in English Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management. While there, she was captain of the Findlay’s IHSA team and qualified for Nationals individually, and as part of the team. She also achieved individual success at Findlay by winning UF’s Mini Prix, and Lake Erie College’s High Performance Hunter Derby. Jessica takes pleasure in using her experience and knowledge to teach clients, and satisfy their horses needs. Jessica lives in Johnstown with her husband Richard.

 

Sarah and NE-YO:

Sarah grew up in Statesboro, Georgia and began riding at a young age.  For as long as she can remember, her love for horses has been strong and meaningful.  She acquired her first hunter when she was 10 years old and started competing at rated shows soon thereafter.  At the age of 15 years old, she began competing with her junior hunter, Ne-Yo, and experienced immediate success, winning numerous championships and excelling in her riding experience.  As a junior, Sarah was able to experience some personal and local training at home, but her real experience came when she was able to travel out of state to show with Liza Towell Boyd and Jack Towell, of Finally Farm in Camden, South Carolina. When Sarah reached the age of 18, she became a professional and moved to Wellington, Florida to work for a private farm as a rider and groom. During this time she was able to work with and develop multiple young horses, work with top professionals such as Heather and her father Ralph Caristo, and continue competing in derbies with her horse, Ne-Yo. In August 2020, Sarah moved to Columbus, Ohio where she joined the Hunters Court Farm team.  She continues to live her desire working with young horses and helping clients reach their full potential.