Oakmore Equestrian, Inc.
7700 Stone Rd. Apopka, FL 32703
Office: (407) 880-0698
Jessica Arnold starting riding at the young age of 2 with her mother. During her junior years, she rode with Chuck Esau and later his daughter Emily Esau. As a junior, Jessica excelled in all three areas of the Hunter/Jumper discipline. Jessica competed in the Big Equitation Medal/Maclay classes, Junior Hunters, as well as competed up to the 1.20m division in the jumper ring. She had multiple Junior Hunter circuit champions at A shows including HITS Tucson, Pebble Beach, and Del Mar shows as well as a GSDHJA Medal Finalist and had a Top 12 placing in the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Challenge in 2008. As a professional, Jessica worked for top names in the business such as Jim Hagman at Elvenstar, Andrew Philbrick at Hunter Farms, and Grand Prix rider Anne Kursinski at Market Street. Jessica also founded and then coached the first IEL team in San Diego County (same as the IEA teams on the East Coast). At Oakmore Equestrian, Jessica has pursued her passion for teaching and is our Head Assistant Trainer who remains at the farm full time to train our boarders and lesson clients, as well as oversee the farm’s operations.
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 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.
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.
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