KAY SLATER, USEA ICP Certified Coach, LICSW
The owner of True North Farm, Kay is an alum of Upper Valley Pony Club and comes from a well known Eventing family in Vermont. Learning from world class trainers and competing in Eventing, Dressage and Jumpers, Kay is currently competing her German Sport Horse, Quizow at the Preliminary and 2* level of Eventing and starting her young Trakehner gelding Eachann TL under saddle and teaching him to solve problems and be brave. She had several wonderful years competing her TB/Connemara cross gelding Caraway Archer and her beautiful TB mare, Tornada in Eventing and 3rd level Dressage. She is also bringing along several young Connemara ponies as children's event horses. Kay brings the most out of her students while developing correct, happy, confident riders. She brings to her coaching two decades of clinical expertise in overcoming fear and improving focus, as well as a strong foundation in biomechanics. She consistently builds teamwork among students in the barn and is known for bringing lots of kids to events for them to learn, network and experience the sport at a higher level. Kay is also the Center Admin for True North Pony Club, an USEA ICP Certified Eventing Coach, and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and women's mental health and sports psychology. (www.kayslater.com).
HUNTER SCHON, Assistant Trainer & Instructor. Accepted into the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, Hunter has trained with some of the best known H/J trainers on the east coast including Joe Forest of Hortons Farm and Grand Prix Jump Rider Robert Mendoza. Her attention to detail in horse management and her commitment to her students and horses is exemplary. And she's just one of those folks you can't help but love working with!
SUSAN ROBERTO-BUCHANON, USEF "S" Dressage Judge, Visiting Dressage Instructor - Sue is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist. She is a Centerline Scores 3* rated trainer and has competed successfully through CDI Grand Prix and coached many young riders to the NAJYRC. She has trained many young horses through FEI and has trained most recently with Robert Dover, Steffan Peters and Tina Konyot. She has prior training with Denny Emerson (with successful eventing experience through the preliminary level), Kathy Connelly, Volker Bromann and Sue Blinks.
BARN CARE TEAM
We truly have the best barn care team because care of our horses is the most important job we have! Be sure to say hi to Luis and Nick when you come to ride your horse and thank them for all they do!
DR MARK REILLY & SOUTH SHORE EQUINE CLINIC
Dr Reilly and his amazing team of vets are an important part of Team TNF as we aim to keep our horses at their happiest and healthiest. The vets from SSEC routinely give educational presentations at TNF so that we may provide owner and student opportunities for horsemanagement education.
SCOTT BECROFT, Farrier
Keeping event horses sound means having healthy feet and a farrier that understands our horses and the demands of our sport. Married to upper level event rider, Jeanie Clarke, Scott has shod horses competing at Rolex **** and is the summer season farrier at HITS Saguarties Horse Show. Scott is great at teaching our riders and pony clubbers about hoof health and care.
ANTHONY COOPER, Saddle Fitter
Tony is the master at fitting our saddles to our horse's ever changing muscle structure! With at least 2 visits per year, Tony makes sure our horse's backs are happy and our saddles fit.
EVA PETERSON, Equine Massage Therapist
Eva is a licensed massage therapist with a large following up and down the East coast. She is well known for her equine massage work on horses competing to the highest levels of USDF & USEA competition. She commutes for this work between several states in New England and Florida. We are lucky to have her come work on TNF's horses once monthly! They love her and we love what she does for them! http://www.evapetersonmassage.com/
DR. STEVE KATZ
Equine Chiropractor Web Site: http://www.stevenkatzdc.com/
TRUE NORTH WORKING STUDENTS
Our working students work really hard, learn lots and develop friendships to last a lifetime. We are the luckiest farm in the world to have such a wonderful group of devoted working students so excited about learning and being a part of something great! Our working students help with a variety of tasks in horsemanagement while they learn and are key in completing special projects across the farm and through out the year.