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 introducing her young German Sport Horse, Quizow to the sport of Eventing. She had several wonderful years competing her TB/Connemara cross gelding Caraway Archer and her TB mare, Tornada at the Preliminary and Training levels of Eventing and 2-3rd 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).
SUSAN ROBERTO-BUCHANON, USEF "S" Dressage Judge - 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.
JEN PRUGG, Energetic Osteopathy & Applied Kinesiology & Assistant Instructor
Having recently relocated here from Germany, Jen brings years of experience working with, training and Eventing through the 1* level. She has trained with some of Europe's best and brings a positive and encouraging style to her training. She has also been certified in Energetic Osteopathy & Applied Kinesiology and is building her Equine Bodywork practice here.
JENN RICCI, Assistant Instructor
Jenn has been training with True North since the age of 12 and has recently sold her incredible mare, Shocolatine, while she pursues her vet tech certificate. She continues to love teaching our beginning students and occasional training and exercise rides on our team of horses. Jenn has been a working student here at True North as well as for Anna Loshavio and Denny Emerson. .
BARN CARE TEAM
We have the best barn care team because caring for our horses is the most important job we have! stay tuned for details on our amazing team members!
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.
ALISHA FITZPATRICK, Farrier
As an apprentice with our head farrier, Scott Becroft, Alisha is learning all about shoeing performance horses. Alisha is a thoughtful and committed farrier with a really good way with the horses and clients. She trims our ponies and shoes several of our school horses.
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.