June 24, 2017

2017 Show Team

Abigail & Digby FinalsAbigail has been riding since she was 18 months old but really started to develop her riding skills at age 5.  She has been a show team member since 2010.  Abigail currently owns In My Pocket, aka Digby.  She also owns a cute pony that she had the honor of naming herself, Big Heart, but everyone else knows him as Hearty. She is showing will be showing Digby in Large Pony Hunter division this season.  Abigail has had many past accomplishments.  Some accomplishments that she is most proud of include: 2013 CHSA Children’s Pony Equitation and Hunter Year-End Champion, 2013 Winter Series Most Improved Rider, 2013 Short Stirrup Equitation Winter Series Champion, placed 3rd in the 2013 Winters Series Classic, and 2012 HITS Short Stirrup Reserve Champion.  And most recently, she was the year end 2014 Special hunter champion on the CHSA circuit.  She loves everything about riding including jumping, trail riding, and bareback fun!
IMG_1865Abigail is in 8th grade and has been riding since she was eight.  She started riding on her welsh pony Munchkin, who she still has but is only 13.3 hands tall.  This show season she will be riding Cactus Pete, AKA “Pip”. This will be her third season on Show Team and fourth year on the IEA Team.  In 2014 she was Reserve Champion for short stirrup in the Stonehouse Winter series.  Her proudest accomplishment was winning the Championship on “Chip” at Deep Run in 2015.  Abigail’s favorite thing about riding is grooming, jumping, and hacking out on long trail rides. Abigail will be competing over 2” jumps this season, hoping to start showing at 2’6″ by the end of 2016. When she is not riding she is solving puzzles, working on math problems for fun, buried in a science fiction novel, or practicing piano.  She loves Stonehouse and her goal is to learn as much as she can with her coach Tara!


allieMAllie has been riding for five years, but this is her first time as a Stonehouse Stables show team member. She is the owner of The Happy Camper AKA Ollie. This year, she will be showing in junior pleasure, 15-17 equitation on the flat, children’s/adult amateur hunter and children’s/adult amateur equitation. Her past accomplishments include 3rd for CHSA junior pleasure 2015, 1st for the Stonehouse Stables hunter pleasure in the winter series and 3rd for the Stonehouse Stables equitation on the flat. Her goal this season is to enjoy spending time with her horse and team. Her favorite thing about riding is the connection between a horse and rider and getting to spend time with horses.


Aly has been riding since she was very young. She rides her horse Mount Olympus who she has owned for 3 years. This year Beamer and Aly are showing in various divisions at different shows including, green hunters, adult amateur hunter, adult amateur equitation, adult pleasure and equitation on the flat! Some awards that she is most proud of from this past year are receiving 4th place in the state (VHSA) for adult equitation on the flat, and winning champion for CHSA adult equitation on the flat. This May, Aly also took Beamer to his first rated show and he received champion in the local junior/amateur division. Her goal for this season is to enjoy every ride on Beamer and hopefully get him ready to move up to the 3’ greens by the second half of the year. Aly’s favorite thing about riding has been seeing Beamer grow since she has gotten him.  Seeing the trust he puts in her when there’s something a little scary to him and seeing how he tries for her every day. Aly wants everyone to know how much she loves being a member of the Stonehouse Stables family.  She also hopes everyone on the Show Team does well this year!



 Christopher has been riding for 7 years. He has been a member of the show team for 6 years. Christopher’s partner this show season is Rio, an Oldenburg gelding owned by Jessica Craig.  He is showing in the Schooling Hunter Division at 2’6″ this year.  In the past Chris has won many ribbons in the VSHA, CHSA and Stonehouse Winter Series shows.  Christopher has also been actively involved in IEA for 4 years and competes with this team as well.  We are most proud to announce that Christopher has also been recognized by the USEF for completing all of the requirements for the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program and has been awarded a  Varsity letter for his sport for the academic year 2015/16 and 2016/17.    His goal this show season is to practice his performance over 2’6? and improve his riding skills.  Christopher’s favorite thing about riding is hanging out with the horses and teammates at the stables, supporting his friends and also jumping because it’s just a lot of fun. In his spare time he likes to just come out and volunteer around the stables.


Emily has been riding FOREVER! And has been a part of the Stonehouse Show Team since its inception.  She will be showing her very own horse named Dietric, aka Theo, in the Adult Hunter and Equitation Divisions.  In the past she has been Reserve Champion in Green Hunter, Adult Hunter, and Adult Equitation.  However, her goals this season is to ride quality hunter rounds, and to attend more than one A show.  Emily’s favorite things about riding is sunshine, fresh air, and the smell of hay.



Kate has been riding for eight years, and has been on the show team for four years.  Kate owns her horse, Ashgrove.  The barn affectionately calls him Ash, or Ashcakes. This year, Kate is showing in Junior Pleasure, Equitation on the Flat (14 and under), Children’s Adult/Amateur Hunter and Children’s Adult Amateur Equitation.  Kate’s goal this show season is to prepare herself to do the Thoroughbred Hunter Division next year.  When pressed to pick a favorite aspect of riding, Kate says it’s getting to hang out with, and take care, of Ash.


LeAnn;  While growing up there was an occasional opportunity  to ride a friend’s horse,  until becoming an adult, did the dream hobby become a reality.  Having been a part of the Stoneshouse Stables for a little over 14 years and in that time has owned and boarded  a horse for the past 13 years.  Currently, owning a 9 year old  Palomino Paint mare  “What’s up Buttercup “ or just simply Miss B-cup.  The story behind how she got her nick name, her Mommy was a little rushed for time and signed  B-Cup on all of  her supplement packs to finish quicker.  Buttercup made her  way to Stonehouse Stables at young age of 6 months from North Dakota and under the wonderful care of Tara. The Buttercup team started showing in 2012.  Showing in a few divisions along the way, from Adult Pleasure, Special and currently CH/AA Hunter and Ch/AA Equitation 2’.  The Goal each year is to be the best partner to my Best Friend Buttercup, My DREAM COME TRUE!!!


Lu Ann began riding at Stonehouse in 2000, after two decades out of the saddle. She’s been on the show team since it started, and now owns and shows Land Shark (Fin).  In 2017, she moved into Ring 1, where she competes in Schooling Hunter and Jr/Am Schooling.  In the past, with other horses, she won CHSA’s Ch/Ad Equitation Division and had good end-of-the-year ribbons in Ch/Ad Hunter and Special Hunter. This year, her ambitions are rhythm, quietness, and “feeling,” and she looks forward to even better bonding with Fin.



Mya has been riding for over 9 years and this will be her 4th year on the Stonehouse Show Team.  Mya will compete with a horse named Moby, also known as Hangtime, in the Children’s/AA Hunter and Equitation Divisions.  She will also show in the 15-17 Equitation on the flat.  Some of Mya’s past accomplishments include 3rd place in the Stonehouse Stables Winter Series Classic, 1st place in the Stonehouse Stables Winter Series Student Equitation, and the My Pal Al Sportsmanship Award.  Mya’s goal this show season is to learn how to control Moby around a 2’6″ course.  She also loves to pass time at the barn, bond with Moby, and hang out with her teammates.  When not riding, Mya loves watching The Flash and other superhero shows, drawing, and making treats for all her favorite horses.



Olivia is a 13-year old at Toano Middle School, has a lot to look forward to this show season.  Olivia, who started riding in 2012, said her favorite thing about riding at Stonehouse is experiencing the connection between horse and rider.  Her favorite thing about being on the show team is the comradery and true sense of family the riders share.  She is excited for this year’s show season and will jump 2’9” with In my Pocket, aka “Digby”.  When asked about life lessons that horses have taught her, Olivia said she can, “expect the unexpected” in any situation.   A good student at Toano Middle School, this 7th grader says her favorite subject is history and she is considering a career as a teacher or mounted police officer.  When she is not riding Olivia loves watching Parks & Recreation or Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.


Kayla has been riding for about 10 years and has been a member of the show team for 2 years. She has her own horse who is an Appaloosa gelding named Junior Goodbar. One of her favorite accomplishments is winning a class in the Stonehouse winter series show. Her goal for this show season is to try to win pleasure at an away show. Her favorite thing about riding is all of the friends that she has made at Stonehouse Stables.



Emily is 11 years old and has been riding for about 3 years.  She started riding at Stonehouse in a summer camp and hasn’t stopped!  She says she loves everything about riding at Stonehouse including her instructors Stephanie and Merri.

Emily joined the show team this year and has already taken part in 2 away shows.  She says it was really exciting  to load and travel with the horses in the trailer. Elvis and Luck behaved very well for her.  Emily loves all the horses she rides and she appreciates their different personalities and it helps to make her lessons fun.  Luck is very special to Emily as he is so loving but he does need that extra push sometimes.  To reward him after a good ride, Emily likes to spoil him with lots of love and treats.

Emily’s goal is to become a professional horse jumper when she is older and she knows that it will take lots of hard work.  She thinks it would be great to do something you truly love!


Bella took her very first riding lesson at Stonehouse Stables on her fifth birthday and started competing in Stonehouse Winter Series shows at age six. She was a member of Junior Show Team for two years competing in short stirrup and pony pleasure to include competing in MPHSA shows last year. Recently turning 11, this will be Bella’s first summer competing at CHSA shows in the Children’s Pony Hunter & Equitation divisions. Her favorite mount is Rock N’ Roll (Elvis) owned by Stonehouse Stables. Previously a member of the IEA prep team, Bella is ecstatic to finally be eligible to join the IEA Middle School Team as she enters sixth grade this fall!   Bella has won numerous Champion/Reserve Champion ribbons in multiple divisions with her most notable successes being 2016 Stonehouse Winter Series Classic champion (junior) and recipient of the 2014 Stonehouse Winter Series Most Improved Rider (junior) award.  Her 2017 goal is jumping 2’3” and improving equitation. When not riding, Bella enjoys music/singing (especially Colbie Caillat) and playing with her three cats, three ferrets, dog and turtle.


Vicky has been riding for five years and this is her second year as a member of the Stonehouse stable show team. She leases Oh Henry who is known as Henry. She will be showing in Children’s/adult amateur hunter, Children’s/adult amateur equitation, Junior Pleasure, and Equitation on the flat (15-17). Last year she placed third in both of her divisions when she competed in MPHSA and placing fourth in beginner equitation in the Stonehouse stables winter series. Her goal this show season is to improve her riding in order to allow Henry to perform better as well as preparing herself for her second year as a member of the IEA team. Her favorite thing about riding is getting to hang out with the horses and learning new techniques to help her ride.


Ellie (bio coming soon)






Kim (bio coming soon)