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Kendra Harnch, Head Assistant Trainer
Kendra has devoted her life to horses. Her love for horses developed at a young age and has continued to grow as an adult where she’s pursued a professional career. Throughout Kendra's junior years she showed in the equitation, hunters, and jumpers - training with top trainers such as Wendy Peralta, Frank Madden, and Alan Korotkin who all guided her towards accomplishing her goals in the Big Equitation and Jumpers. Natalie & Shawn Russell were also fortunate to train Kendra during her junior career and into her first year as an amateur, prior to going professional. For the last two years, Kendra started her own Riversbend Farm and was the head trainer and rider.
Kaylee Hone, Assistant Trainer
Kaylee Hone began her riding career at the age of 6 and fell in love with the sport. As she knew she wanted to pursue her passion for horses, she decided to train with Olympic 4 Star Eventer Jim Graham in 2010, who operated his Meadow Run Farm in Alabama. As she started to consider an equestrian career, she decided to become a full time working student for Jim in 2012-2013. Under his tutelage, in 2014 she came in 3rd for the Junior Eventer of the Year rankings in the state of Georgia. She also received the Individual Bronze Medal at the USPC Championships in Kentucky in 2014. In 2016, Kaylee became a working student for 4 Star Event Rider Hilda Donahue at Ashmore Equestrian Center. To continue her work and training with Hilda, in January of 2017 Kaylee became a full-time employee of Oakmore Equestrian and has since been promoted to Assistant Trainer at our facility. During this time she has taken her off the track Thoroughbred all the way to Preliminary level Eventing. Also during her time at Oakmore, Kaylee has traveled to Hunter/Jumper shows and had top placings up to 1.15m, which included Champion of the Thoroughbred Jumper division at Tryon International Equestrian Center this summer in June 2017. We are excited to have Kaylee as a member of our training team and expand her talent into the Hunter/Jumper world as well.
Hilda is originally fromDublin, Ireland who first came to the US to earn her Master's in Business Administration ( Stetson University), managed the five star Grand Cypress Resort's Equestrian Center & went on to establish her own equestrian training facility, Ashmore Equestrian Center, Inc in central Florida. In 2015HIlda handed over the reins of Ashmore to Natalie Johnson Russell & Shawn Russell who took Ashmore to the next level. Ashmore became Oakmore with many improvements including a new arena, barn, and an additional average. Hilda has competed at the world's top CCI **** events ( Horse Trials / Eventing ) including Burghley, England, Rolex, Kentucky, Pau, France & Adelaide, Australia. In addition to being short & longlisted for the WEG & Olympics, Hilda has represented Ireland at the World Cup Final in Pau, France. She has earned several Area 3 ( SE 9 states)awards including Leading Rider of the Year. Her dressage background includes training with Anne Gribbons ( former US Olympic coach ) and competing at the Prix St George level. Her show- jumper/hunter/ equitation background includes training & competing with Ian Millar ( 9 time Olympian ) & other notable professionals.
In the Eventing world, Hilda has worked consistently with many top pros including Karen & David O’Connor( Olympic Gold Medalist) & Bruce Davidson ( two- time World Champion & 8 time Olympian ). Hilda's main mentor is the consummate horseman, William Micklem ( developer of the Micklem bridle, F.B.H.S, breeder & trainer of several Olympic mounts. Recently Hilda added endurance riding to her agenda. She is qualified for WEG ‘18 on a leased horse, Mirage and intends to get her own horse Al - Marah Speed( Malone ) qualified too. She has had opportunities to compete in some of the most challenging 100-mile endurance rides in the world including the Tevis Cup, the Sheik Mohammad ride in Dubai & many rides in the Us & Canada. In 2016 Hilda was one of the leading riders in the Fei Longines World Rankings. In 2017 she won a Fei 100 mile ride in Texas. Hilda delights in teaching anybody who wants to learn & enjoys their horse; she proudly admits to still being a student herself, learning every day from the horses she gets to work with.
Oakmore Equestrian, Inc.
7700 Stone Rd. Apopka, FL 32703
Office: (407) 880-0698