Whether teaching junior or adult riders, training young horses or fine-tuning a seasoned veteran, our trainers seek to create positive, constructive experiences that foster growth and consistency.
Jennifer A. Phelan, owner and head trainer
Jen has been involved with horses for over thirty years. As a
child, she competed at various East Coast horse shows and won many year-end awards in the pony hunter divisions. She also enjoyed competing in the equitation ring and was a member of the University of New Hampshire IHSA team.
Jen began her professional career in 2006. Since then, she has refined her teaching methods to impart foundational hunt seat skills while allowing her riders to develop their own style. She sets high standards for correct equitation, proper, compassionate treatment of horses, and excellent riding. Jen does not just teach how to ride; she explains why each correction is required. She teaches the way she would like to be taught: giving a reason for each action, being mindful of what a horse may be messaging, and always focused on good, solid horsemanship. Her students may be beginners or veterans, but they all are motivated and attentive to details while maintaining a healthy level of humor and humility.
Jen is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, attended Mount Holyoke College, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a B.S. in Equine Science. Ever the student herself, Jen continually reads, observes, and collaborates with other trainers to stay on top of the best methods, current trends and teaching techniques.
Jen lives on the premises with her husband, Denilson, their three dogs and her beloved horses and ponies.
Sarah DeLee, assistant trainer
Sarah enjoyed a successful junior career competing in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation on the local and national levels. She attended Johnson and Wales University, where she double majored in Business Administration and Equine Business Management, with a concentration in Instruction and Training. Sarah was a four-year member of the Johnson and Wales IHSA team, which she captained for two years and led to its first Tournament of Champions appearance. During her college summers, she continued her education by riding with Olympian Chris Kappler, earning her level 4 and 5 medals in Germany, and interning with a variety of trainers focusing on developing young horses both here and in Germany. Since graduating from college in 2017, Sarah has groomed for and ridden with several trainers and private clients, focused on preparing horses for the show ring. Through all of her experience, Sarah has maintained good horsemanship as her highest value. She believes that proper care and treatment of the horse, as well as a proper foundation for both horse and rider, are the key to achieving any goal-- from simply developing a good partnership and enjoying your ride to succeeding at horse shows at any level.