"The horse does not care how much you know, until he knows how much you care." - Anonymous
Storybrooke Farms specializes in Hunters and Jumpers with an emphasis on Dressage. Our objective is to provide children and amateur owners with competitive partners who are confident, safe, and athletic. Safety and horsemanship are top priorities. Storybrooke students are required not only to work toward mastering skills while mounted, but also to learn proper care and handling, as well as a basic understanding of equine psychology. We compete at all levels of shows from schooling to the ‘A’ Circuit and instruct beginner through advanced riders. We are now located in Jacksonville, NC with weekly trips to the Raleigh/Durham area.
Storybrooke has been voted Best of the Best in the Wake Weekly for 2014 & 2015! Come experience why!
Stephanie is capable of coaching all levels but enjoys focusing on educating young horses, and folks who wish to be competitive. Her objective is to provide children and amateur owners with competitive partners who are confident, safe, and athletic. Storybrooke pupils compete at all levels of shows from schooling to the ‘AA’ Circuit.
Raised by an equestrian professional in eastern Michigan, Stephanie has competed successfully for more than twenty years in Hunter/Jumpers and Dressage. She is a former United States Pony Club member with D-3 rating and during her junior years, worked as a show groom and assistant trainer for an internationally known welsh pony farm. There she received the knowledge and experience training horses and ponies for carriage driving. She has been developed by trainers such as Olympic Medalist and Coach, Major Robert J. Borg, Olympic Event riders Phillip Dutton and the O’Connors, dressage rider/competitor Christine Koch, and many others. Stephanie is also an American Riding Instructor’s Association (ARIA) certified instructor in Hunt Seat, a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT), and worked as a Veterinary Technician for many years. Stephanie is currently sponsored by CWD Sellier and HorseTech.
Safety and horsemanship are top priorities in every aspect of her training. Her philosophy places emphasis on developing a strong rider as well as a solid foundation for horses of every discipline; to instill confidence and evince kindness, with a will that is calm yet inflexible.