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.
Heather Hollay-Farr - Director of Operations
Heather Hollay-Farr is the owner and founder of HOPE. She is an avid horsewoman and amateur show-jumper. Heather spent over a decade as a horse trainer and also worked with her family importing Irish sport horses, built and grew an equestrian facility in Ellington CT, and groomed for some of the top show jumpers in the world! She is also trained as a veterinarians assistant.
While caring for these top horses, and developing her own, she recognized the need to provide comprehensive care. It needed to blend fitness and conditioning with sports medicine, therapies, great horse shoeing and top nutrition to keep horses healthy and sound. All of this could help to avoid injury, but also help horses rehabilitate from injury when and if it occurs.
That is why Heather founded HOPE in 2018.
Her husband Chris Farr is an accomplished farrier. They love working on cases together to help horses get comfortable and perform better.
Today with the invention of indoor arenas, all weather footing, and the ability to travel to shows in more favorable climates, many horses and ponies can compete year-round. This makes keeping them conditioned and healthy over the long term a challenge. If an animal does sustain an injury, it's very important to rehabilitate them in a safe, controlled environment until they can resume their normal work.
Beth Libby - Director of Riding
For over 40 years, Beth has been teaching riders and training horses while competing, coaching, volunteering and organizing in various equestrian sports. She began showing at age 6, and after outgrowing several hunter ponies, she discovered the joys and challenges in the sport of eventing on a thoroughbred. As a junior rider and upper level pony clubber, she began teaching younger riders and competing successfully in recognized USEA events. While attending Ithaca College where she earned a degree in English, she found summer jobs in the thoroughbred racing industry, working as an exercise rider and groom at Philadelphia Park, Delaware Park, Suffolk Downs and Santa Anita. Her racetrack experiences, galloping green and extremely athletic young horses, have served her well over the years. As an adult, Beth has been an active eventer, training and competing both her own and others’ horses. In 2002, she purchased Slew Micci, a 4 year old OTTB, and campaigned him to winning at the Preliminary level. Her latest OTTB project, Irish Silk, was also purchased off the track as a four year old. Beth and “Silky" were graduates of the Retired Racehorse Project's 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover, which took place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. They qualified and competed at the 2017 USEA Area 1 Open Novice Championships, finishing fourth.
As much as Beth enjoys training and riding, she has also gained great satisfaction seeing both her young and adult students and their horses progress and succeed. She has been actively involved with the Granby Pony Club over the past 15 years as an instructor, coach, parent and horsemaster, and recently became a Vice Regional Supervisor for the New York/Upper Connecticut Region of the USPC. She is currently a licensed instructor in Massachusetts and is enrolled in the USEA’s Instructor's Certification Program. Beth firmly believes that becoming an accomplished rider demands patience, dedication and practice, but in addition to riding, the keys to good horsemanship require in-depth knowledge and commitment to correct stable management, nutrition, healthcare, physical fitness and safety.
Jordan Llodra - Riding Instructor
Jordan has been a part of the Shallowbrook team since 2014. She grew up riding Arabians; exploring the disciplines of saddleseat, huntseat and trail riding. Jordan attended Worcester State University where she began riding as a part of the school’s equestrian club. This is where she grew her love for the hunter and equitation disciplines and set out to transform the club into an IHSA recognized team. Jordan captained and ran the Worcester State Equestrian Team from 2011-2013; competing on the team for their first official year as a recognized IHSA Equestrian Team. Jordan herself was a student of Shallowbrook while she attended school; taking lessons and riding in horse shows while on her winter and summer breaks. At Shallowbrook, Jordan enjoys teaching a variety of students ages 3-65, beginners up through jumping up to 2’3. She specializes in teaching beginner riders and coaching equitation. Jordan assists as one of the IEA coaches as well as the Youth Programs Coordinator; running the summer horsemanship program and birthday parties at the stable.
Emily Nobrega - Riding Instructor
Emily started riding at the age of seven at a farm close to home in the northern part of Massachusetts's Middlesex County. After several years of lessons, Emily acquired Charlie, a young Quarter Horse gelding. She grew up training, and competing with him at open shows in both english and western events.
Emily graduated from Umass Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science and Child Psychology. While living in Amherst, she spent several years playing on the Umass Polo team.
After college Emily obtained her MA riding instructor's license, and spent several years working as a large animal veterinary technician at McGee Equine Clinic in Townsend, MA.
Emily recently moved to CT and has been with Shallowbrook since early 2016. In the winter of 2017, Charlie gained a brother when Emily purchased Jimmy Jam, another Quarter Horse gelding. Both horses, and Emily can often be found in the ring at Shallowbrook, teaching beginner-intermediate lessons.
Jordan Hamer - Riding Instructor
Jordan began riding at the age of 5, she competed in schooling shows, winning several year end championship awards. She has always had a love of horses and was very involved with equine rehabilitation. Jordan was a horse camp counselor for many years, starting as a “counselor in training” at the age of 12 and always enjoyed helping others grow.
Jordan has competed through USDF. She was an IEA team member during high school and also achieved champion through CHJA. She has groomed, exercised and receives training from a former Olympic rider where she grew her passion for eventing. Jordan has two horses, Rosie a welsh Arabian cross that she has had since she was 11 years old and Liam an off the track thoroughbred that she has competed with in local hunter/ jumper shows and performs second level dressage movements. Jordan plans to show Liam in the summer in some local Eventing shows.
Jordan is a college student and a licensed riding instructor that enjoys instructing ages 3 and up. She enjoys seeing the students passion of horses grow along with their riding capabilities.
Jamie Savoie - Director of Marketing & Horse Shows
Jamie Cinq-Mars, now Savoie has been in the horse world since she was seven years old. (Now 33) 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, 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. 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 many years.
Elaina Hoeppner - Riding Instructor
A third generation equestrian, Elaina began taking riding lessons at an early age and began showing at age 7. She grew up as a 10-year member of the Granby Pony Club, competing in local shows, horse trials and Pony Club rallies. Elaina was a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team at Umass Dartmouth her freshman year of college. She then moved home and started competing her horse, Slew Micci, in USEA recognized events. The pair ribboned in the Stoneleigh Burnham Tri-Color jumper show series over the winter leading into 2017. Elaina had a very successful start to the 2017 season with two winning tests at the Mount Holyoke College dressage show, first place in the Mystic Valley Hunt Club combined test, and two wins at the Mystic Valley Horse Trials and Larkin Hill Horse Trials. Utilizing her stable management skills and experience, she has worked part time at a local barn since 2014 while completing her Bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst and presently Juris Doctorate at Western New England School of Law. As a member of the Shallowbrook team, Elaina hopes to continue to compete and improve her riding skills, while sharing her experience and knowledge with aspiring young riders.