There is no success without sacrifice, determination and support - lots and lots of support.
Shallowbrook Equestrian Center is just that, a working farm. There are fences to mend, horses to feed and stalls to clean. And then there are lessons and training rides, camps, the tack, the laundry, the vet and farrier appointments to schedule, the shows to enter, the staff to manage - it goes on and on, 24/7, 365 days a year. Without our team, none of this would be possible.
Kate Gargan - Director Of Riding / Riding Instructor / Trainer
Kate Gargan has been a part of the Shallowbrook team since 2019. She has been riding since age 7, and got her first pony at age 11. As a teen she rode with Fran Cross at King Oak Farm and helped to bring along many sale horses while competing at up to prelim level eventing.
Kate has owned and trained many different horses, one of which being her personal horse; Ostara, a beautiful Dutch Warmblood mare.
As a young adult Kate owned and ran her own horse farm in Orlando, Florida. Kate was also an instructor at King Oak and the Westfield State Equestrian team coach.
Kate has three beautiful girls that love horses just like her. She focuses on strong basics for both horse and rider as well as the importance of learning that each horse is an individual. Kate emphasizes what works to make a pair a successful team. She is a very diverse trainer who can cater to multiple level riders, horses, and disciplines.
Stan Siniarski - IEA Coach / Riding Instructor
Stan has been an active member in the Hunter/Jumper/Equitation world for more than 40 years. He successfully competed as a Junior and an Adult Amateur before turning professional at the age of 26. Competing at some of the biggest horse shows in the country. He has worked and trained with some of the top trainers in the country some former Olympians and feels continuous education is critical in celebratory riding and training.
Always looking to better himself and learn more Stan has recently added to his resume, NEHC Horse Show Steward, Local Schooling Show Judge and Horse Show Manager. He formally sat on the Board of Directors for Connecticut Horse Show Association (CHSA) and is a member in good professional standing with USEF, USHJA, CHJA, CHSA, FWPHA, NEHC and M&S.
Stan is currently a working as a local Judge and a NEHC Horse Show Steward. Judging and Stewarding local shows around New England.
Stan recently joined the staff of trainers at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center. He has added to his resume being a professional traveling substitute trainer at some of the local farms here in CT when extra help is needed.
His riders consist of all levels and range from Lead Line through the National level Hunter/Jumper and Equitation divisions. He is available for local and multi-day horse shows and clinics. Stan believes in a solid foundation for the rider whether that rider is interested in showing or just pleasure. He will assess all of his student’s goals and will work together to help achieve them.
Stan believes in making sure the balance between hard work, fun and respect for your horse and the sport are always present in his instructional sessions.
His mantra is: Dedication and true appreciation of the partnership that holds together a rider, horse and teacher, will bring forth much success and many dreams coming true.
Kim & Caroline Perlman - Riding Instructors & Consulting
Kim & Caroline will be on staff with Shallowbrook for the warm weather months of the season teaching lessons & training horses!
After a successful junior career that included top five finishes at Maclay and USET finals, Kim opened Wedgewood Farm in Bedford, New York with his brother David. There they trained Alice Debany to a top 10 finish at Maclay finals, and Kim competed in the jumpers up to the Grand Prix level. He also worked for Anne Kursinski, helping her find Cannonball, her mount for the 1988 Olympics.
Kim has run his facility, Riverstone Equine, for over 20 years, training juniors from their first rides on ponies to qualifying for equitation finals, coaching adult riders to success in the hunters and jumpers, bringing young horses along, and managing the maintenance of client horses so they can have long, successful careers. He has also managed and run horse shows, designed courses and given clinics.
After riding as a child, a successful career on Wall Street, a successful career as an amateur hunter and jumper rider and a stint helping to manage the barn, Caroline turned professional in 2014. She has a unique understanding of the brain of the amateur rider, which adds an important dimension for adult riders. She is also an expert at figuring out what horses need to perform at the highest level.
Jordan Llodra- Riding Instructor
Jordan has been a part of the Shallowbrook team since 2014. Her love of horses began about as soon as she could walk while living in Del Rio, Texas where her parents would bring her to the stables to visit and feed the horses. Upon moving up North and after some serious begging, she began riding when she turned 7 at a local hunter barn. In middle school, Jordan transitioned to riding Arabians and Saddlebreds; exploring the disciplines of saddleseat, huntseat and recreational trail riding. This is where she met her first true equine love; Penny, a chestnut American Saddlebred mare.
In college, Jordan attended Worcester State University where she began riding as a part of the school’s equestrian club. While riding with the club, she grew her love for jumping and the hunter and equitation disciplines. In 2011 as a sophomore, Jordan was elected President of the equestrian club. She wanted more for the club and wanted Worcester State to be able to offer more opportunities for equestrians in the area so she set out to transform the club into an IHSA recognized team. The whole process took the better part of a year; first needing to gain approval from student representatives, the student activities board, the school, and then finally seeking approval from IHSA to join. The team was accepted and began competing in Zone 1 Region 4 for the 2012-2013 season. Jordan captained and ran the Worcester State Equestrian Team from 2011-2013; getting to compete on the team herself for their first official year as a recognized IHSA Equestrian Team.
While she attended school, Jordan rode at Shallowbrook; taking lessons and riding in horse shows while on her winter and summer breaks. She became a riding instructor during the last semester of her senior year. Jordan had always enjoyed working with horses and she quickly fell in love with teaching riding. As a member of the Shallowbrook team, Jordan directs the lesson program, summer camps, vacation clinics, birthday parties and other events. She enjoys teaching a variety of students ages 3-65; beginners up through jumping 2’6. She specializes in teaching beginner riders and coaching equitation. Jordan takes pride in all of her students and loves to share her joy and passion for horses and riding. Jordan trained her own mare, Sweet Tea or “Ella”, who can occasionally be found helping with lessons and summer camp as well!
Grace Bond - Assistant IEA Coach / Riding Instructor
Grace has been a student of Shallowbrook since 2014 and joined the staff as a Riding Instructor in 2019. Grace began riding when she was around 5 years old. She started off learning the basics of English riding at a well-known hunter/jumper facility in Western Massachusetts. She then made her way into riding Arabian horses and gaited horses. It was there that she met her first love, an off the track Standardbred gelding named Sandy. Getting to help bring Sandy along and transform him into being a riding horse was when Grace developed her interest in working with and restarting “green” horses.
Grace joined the Shallowbrook IEA team as a freshman in high school during the team’s debut year in 2014. Upon joining IEA she decided to buckle down in the hunter/jumper and equitation world. She competed in IEA throughout high school with multiple trips to regionals, and ended her IEA career with a top 3 at zones her senior year.
Grace has also successfully competed at various horse shows throughout her career, on whatever horse she had the opportunity to ride. Grace hopes to share her love of horses and riding with all of her students. She enjoys helping riders meet their goals and make progress in the sport. You can often find Grace at the barn working with the school horses, training, or working with her 2015 off the track thoroughbred mare Marli.
Katie Stocks - Riding Instructor
Katie Stocks started riding at shallowbrook in 2012. During her junior career she enjoyed showing the equitation with many incredible horses. She joined the Shallowbrook IEA team in 2015 and fulfilled her goal on making it to zones 3 years in a row. As a captain, Katie thrived in her leadership skills and created a well bonded team.
After graduating high school she began her studies at Umass Amherst. She has found her way back to Shallowbrook to be an instructor and help students advance in their riding and horsemanship careers.
Katie’s goal are to instill a foundation in students riding that focuses on proper equitation and horsemanship while making sure they enjoy a fun learning environment. Most importantly, Katie wants students to grow a bond with the horses hand build teamwork in the barn community.
Sara Vincent - Riding Instructor
Sara Vincent has been riding with Shallowbrook since 2019 and joined our team of Instructors in 2021. She has been riding since she was 7 and fell in love with horses at the age of 2 when her aunt put her on her Quarter Horse mare.
Throughout her adolescence Sara has ridden at many farms in the MA/CT area. Sara has owned and leased many horses throughout her life, taking a special interest in brining along Off-Track Thoroughbreds into new careers which she is currently doing with her own mare, Rory who lives on our farm.
As an adult, Sara successfully competed in Jumpers on the Connecticut circuit and finished Year End Reserve Champion in CHSA jumpers in 2020.
Sara’s focus is starting young riders in their riding journeys.
From their first time on a horse, Sara aims to instill the basic fundamentals of riding and horse care, preparing her students to move up to more advanced levels with a solid foundation in, not only riding, but the general horsemanship required to be an excellent equestrian. She believes that listening to your horse through their own method of communication is what creates the special bond between horse and rider. Sara aims to encourage good horsemanship and teamwork between not only the horse and rider but fellow equestrians as well.
Jamie Cinq-Mars - Director of Marketing & Horse Shows
Jamie Cinq-Mars has been in the horse world since she was seven years old. She has successfully completed, trained and ridden all over New England and the Mid Atlantic.
She started her riding career off as a Hunter/Jumper rider. She successfully has local, regional and year end wins in the Connecticut Horse Show Association, Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association, New England Horseman’s Councils and the United Stated Equestrian Federation. Jamie has several Medal Finals Ribbons from when she was a teenager.
She moved on from the Hunter/Jumper world and has been competing, training, breeding & showing on the Friesian and Part Bred Friesian Circuit in Hunt Seat Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Carriage Pleasure Driving, USDF Dressage, Dressage Suitability, Show Hack, In Hand, Western & Trail. She has many Regional, National and World Titles within this breed. She also has several yearend awards within this breed in the United Stated Equestrian Federation, International Friesian Horse Association and the American Driving Society.
Recenetly in 2019, Jamie went to IFSHA World Show in Springfield, Ohio and came home with 6 World Champions, 2 Reserve World Champions and numerous Top Five Awards. Jamie also holds memberships in all of the above associations. Jamie has had several horses in her riding career that she has trained from the beginning as well as seasoned horses that have given her the opportunities and hours in the saddle.
Jamie also has been attending horse shows, managing horses shows, marketing horse shows & events, photographing and judging horse shows for 25+ years.