Natalie Johnson Russell, Head Trainer
Throughout her junior career, Natalie Johnson was a top-ranked rider in all three major disciplines--hunters, equitation, and jumpers. She trained with the most notable trainers in the world and was blessed with the best equine partners any rider could hope for. Raised in Connecticut and New York City, Natalie balanced her straight-A academic career with the demands of competitive riding, successfully competing at the highest levels on the East Coast. Natalie won many prestigious championships and blue ribbons from the top national equitation and hunter/jumper competitions, including Devon, Pennsylvania National, USET Finals, and the Washington International-- just to name a few. She graduated from New York University with an honors degree in Economics; became one of the first rider ambassadors of Just World International, a charity focused on improving the lives of children in developing nations (a children's center in Honduras is named after Natalie); and learned to maintain a healthy balance between her passion for horses and other interests. In 2006 Natalie moved into her professional career, where she has competed and placed in numerous internationally-ranked Grands Prix, as well as in the professional hunter divisions and derbies. She began her teaching career working with some of the best trainers in the nation and has guided her students to numerous championships. Natalie's goal is to help each student reach their highest potential in the show ring. With her patient demeanor and intuitive communication skills, she prefers to teach on a private basis where she can tailor her training to each student's needs. Natalie never lets her students leave the ring without learning something new. Please contact Natalie to discuss your goals, as well as any questions you may have. We have horseback riding lessons in the Orlando Area.
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Shawn V. Russell, Head Trainer
Shawn is a 4thgeneration horseman in the well-known Russell family. As the son of Vick Russell, Shawn has spent his entire life being raised in the horse business. As a junior, Shawn competed from the pony ring all the way up to the Open Jumpers at the 1.35m level. Throughout his young adult life, Shawn worked for his father Vick and assisted in the family sales business, as well as for his Uncle Bill Russell. In 2007, his father asked Shawn to be the Horse Show Coordinator and VP of Team Sales for the City League International Show series, building teams for Nations Cup Style team event. He also worked to gain sponsors for their events and traveled to help put on each show. In 2014, Shawn married Natalie Johnson and they began their journey at Oakmore Equestrian together. Shawn has since turned his focus to jumper training and horse sales. As a trainer, Shawn has guided several students to National Championships - including the Individual Gold Medalist at the Adult Jumper Championships at Culpepper, VA in 2016 and the Winner of the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Medal in Saugerties, NY in 2016 as well. Between his training sessions, Shawn travels the Southeast in search of quality sales horses
Alec grew up on Long Island, New York where he began riding at the age of 4 and competing at the age of 6. As he grew up, he took an interest in the Equitation division and successfully competed from local shows to the USEF Medal Finals in 2014 and 2015, ASPCA Maclay Regionals in 2014 and 2015, ASPCA Maclay Finals in 2015, and USET Talent Search Finals in 2017. Alec rode with Jamie Stryker of UpCountry Farm and had other great riding opportunities with Frank Madden and Don Stewart throughout his junior career and into his amateur years. As an amateur, he was able to compete up to the 1.30m division and the 3’3/3’6 Amateur-Owner Hunters. Over his summers, Alec had the opportunity to go to Germany with Thilo Krapf of Krapf Sportpferde, where he rode and competed for young horses for the stable.
Alec graduated from Rollins College in May 2019 with an International Business degree and was a top competitor of the Rollins Equestrian Team. In 2018 and 2019 he was Top 3 Year End High Point Rider for the Equestrian Team’s region.
Savannah Schlueter, Assistant Trainer
Savannah has competed in the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation divisions under top professionals such as Jamie Stryker, Don Stewart, and Michelle Moen. Savannah competed herself on her local IEA team for three years during high school as well. Previously, Savannah was running the lesson program at M&M Training in St. Augustine, FL, and taking those clients to shows throughout Florida.
Samantha Chody, Assistant Trainer
Samantha has grown up in the horse world and spent her childhood years immersed in her parents' Warmblood breeding program. As a junior rider, she competed mainly in Eventing and qualified to participate on the Area 4 Eventing Young Riders team at the 1* level. Additionally, she competed in Eventing at the FEI 1* level and had the opportunity to work for and train under Olympic Gold Medalists Karen and David O’Connor.
Samantha also has an extensive dressage foundation, training under the tutelage of several Grand Prix level Dressage competitors, including Greta Pell, JJ Tate, and Ilse Schwarz.
Over the last 10 years, since meeting the Russell family, her focus has switched to training, showing, and horse sales in the Hunter/Jumper world. In the Hunters, she has been focused on developing young horses as well as competing in the Performance Hunter division and Hunter Derbies. In the Jumper divisions, she has competed up to the Regional Grand Prix level under the guidance of Vick Russell.
Aside from her riding and training career, Samantha has run her own business, Tryon PEMF, which offers pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for performance horses.
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