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.
Jordan Llodra- Riding Programs Director/Trainer/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!
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.
Grace Bond - Trainer
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.
Laura Peteros- IEA Coach / Trainer
Laura has been a lifelong equestrian with interests and skills across disciplines; from western riding, barrel racing, cross-country jumping, dressage and hunter/jumpers. Through high school and college, she worked as a riding instructor and horse camp leader. With an education from The Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Equine Science, which included instructors’ training, Massachusetts Instructors Certification and Certification in Secondary Educati0n from Southern Connecticut State University, she is an asset to our team.
Laura began competing in the local circuit at a young age and continued competing through college where she competed on the University of Massachusetts Equestrian Team. As the mother of four wonderful children, she was very instrumental in the training of her daughter Julia who was IEA Zone 1 Champion and Fourth at IEA Nationals in 2017. Today,Laura successfully competes in the jumper arena on her horse Endeavor.
Most recently, Laura has had the opportunity to work with children and sports which is where she found her passion. She coached Softball (6 years), Field Hockey (3 years) and is currently a coach of the Shallowbrook IEA Team. These experiences have taught her how to utilize sports as a platform to teach children the important life skills of confidence, bravery, compassion for others, setting and achieving goals.
Laura continues her education in riding through attending clinics on her horse, auditing top trainers and takes weekly lessons to keep her skills sharp. Laura is often heard saying “I can't put into words how much I love working with kids and horses.” She looks forward to her continued success with the riders of the SEC IEA team and the progress of her weekly students at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center.
Jamie Cinq-Mars - 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.