Meghan began riding horses when she was 9 years old at a Morgan Horse farm in Massachusetts. She continued to ride Morgans in both the equitation and pleasure division all over the country. Meghan received both national and world champion titles at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City with multiple horses in the equitation division. While attending the State University of New York at Cobleskill, she was a member of the IHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Team. This is where she began her work in Hunter/Jumpers. Meghan's focus is teaching hunt seat riders of all levels and ages with a centered riding approach to achieve clear communication between horse and rider.
Gloria began riding at the age of nine in Elmira, NY. From her first lesson until today she has been an avid equestrian, competing in horse shows from New York State and Pennsylvania to California and Canada. Early in her riding career she was a student of Stacy Knapp, Willa Falk and later Raine Warden the founder of Kerrymead Stables. In her late teens Gloria went on to compete at George School in Newtown, PA. After graduating from Bard College, Gloria moved to Los Angeles, California where she would begin training and competing with Foxtrail Farms in Rolling Hills Estates, California. There under the instruction of the Millie Semmelroth and her daughter Caryl Doty, Gloria competed through out Southern California with her equine partner Justin Time and audited clinics with George Morris, Patrick Spanton and Amanda Tallman.
Upon retiring Justin Time in 2007 Gloria began to help her trainers and fellow riders around the barn and show ring where she discovered a passion for teaching. In 2013 Gloria and Justin Time moved back to upstate, NY and with Justin enjoying his scenic retirement on Cayuga lake, Gloria began to teach clinics and private lessons at Newell Farm and Painted Bar Stables. Over time her client base has grown. In August of 2016, Gloria was invited to join Hess Stables as an instructor and has been happily working with the Hess Family ever since. Gloria is a professional member of USEF and the USHJA. Her goal over the next few years is to become a certified trainer through the USHJA Trainer Certification Program and to share the fruits of this educational journey with her students and fellow instructors.
Gloria Cassetti - Head Instructor
Cathy began riding as a young child, and became a professional rider at 16. Having participated and trained in various disciplines, from eventing in Pony Club to saddle seat and driving in the Morgan and Arabian world, she eventually found her passion in classical dressage.
Cathy's lessons provide a strong focus on proper rider and horse biomechanics for students of all levels and ages. Having a true love of classical horsemanship and riding, her students are taught to communicate clearly with their horse in a kind, respectful manner; never using gadgets or gimmicks. After completing a three month workshop with Polish dressage trainer, Anna Marciniak, Cathy began to explore how horses learn best when they are anxiety free, and she teaches her students how to ride and work from the ground in a manner that promotes relaxation and facilitates learning, never over facing the horse, even in small ways. Classical in-hand training, and positive reinforcement training, with or without a clicker, are also available for students who wish to learn these methods. While Cathy's focus is on dressage, many of her students ride in other disciplines and find her teaching improves their overall performance.