Amelia McArdle is Old Barrington Farm's hunter, jumper and equitation trainer. After several years spent riding & training students in France and Virginia, as well as competing & teaching at WEF, Kentucky, Lake Placid and other shows, Amelia McArdle has returned to her home base of Old Barrington Farm to establish her riding, training and sales programs.
Amelia is an accomplished Grand Prix level competitor who has achieved top national honors in the jumpers, hunters, and equitation. Amelia has taken full advantage of the opportunities she has had to train with the best riders and teachers in the United States today, including Katie Monahan Prudent, Chris and Katie Kappler, and the legendary George Morris. Amelia has also worked hard from the ground up to learn excellent horse care, teaching riders of various levels, and horse sales and leases.
Amelia began riding with the Kapplers and quickly rose through the junior ranks to become one of the top junior riders in the country. Amelia worked to learn the fundamentals of riding, participating in clinics and lessons with George Morris several times each year from the time she was 13 years old. Amelia competed in the first ever Emerging Athletes Program founded by Melanie Smith Taylor, culminating in being selected as one of the Top 12 Finalists in the United States, in recognition for riding, horse care, and overall horsemanship.
Amelia & Pilot, Champion High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Devon
Some highlights of Amelia’s junior/ amateur riding career:
Amelia at Spruce Meadows
Amelia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Business from Lake Forest College. During her time in college, Amelia continued to ride, training with Katie Monahan Prudent during the winter show seasons in Wellington and during the summers in Spruce Meadows.
Amelia has also interned with the Prudents in France, working to prepare clients’ horses for competition, riding young horses, and assisting at horse shows throughout Europe. She has also worked with Sloane Coles, helping to train riders and horses from Sloane’s home base of The Plains, Virginia, and taking clients to horse shows around the country.
Amelia is looking forward to teaching her own students the lessons she has learned from hard work and excellent training. You can contact Amelia for availability and rates at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the Contact Us form on this OBF website.
Old Barrington is pleased to welcome Julie Smith as our assistant hunter, jumper and equitation trainer. With 12 years of successful competition on the "AA" circuit, Julie is a valuable addition to the Old Barrington team.
Julie has competed in all levels leading up to and including the junior hunters and junior jumpers. Julie also competed successfully in the adult equitation, including qualifying for Adult Medal Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
Julie began riding when she was 7 years old. After training for many years as a student of Ashley Hill, Julie then worked for Ashley, assisting with riding, teaching, showing, and barn management. Julie has trained students from short stirrup level to national Medal riders, emphasizing fundamental basics such as the importance of flat work and the partnership between horse and rider. She also has experience riding hunters, jumpers and young horses.
In addition to her knowledge gained from a hands-on education as a rider and riding instructor, Julie graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in Psychology.