PROFESSIONAL RIDING INSTRUCTION
Shannon Cunneff has been riding her entire life, beginning at a very young age and turning professional in 2011. She has been working at Highland Farm since 2013 and received her USHJA Professionally Certified Trainer certification in 2016. Shannon is both barn manager and head trainer at Highland Farm.
Shannon is wonderful with all ages and abilities of riders, ensuring that every rider is encouraged and enjoying themselves. After all, having a good time is what horseback riding is all about! She has a great outlook on life, is always positive and is very enthusiastic about her job... this is why everyone loves Shannon!
Shannon is a remarkable horsewoman who has a gift for developing young horses into successful show competitors. Competing both in the hunter and jumper rings with Warmblood and Thoroughbreds alike, she is a diverse rider who is capable of working with any horse. Shannon also enjoys pairing both riders and horses together. She has a great eye for finding the right ponies and horses for client in and outside of the barn!
Memberships and certifications include: USEF, USHJA, PHA, M&S as well as, CPR & First Aid State Certifications. She is also proudly sponsored by Voltaire Design saddlery and Parlanti International.
HEAD TRAINER & BARN MANAGER
Katie started riding at the age of 8. She has been training under and working with Shannon since 2017. Katie is currently working towards becoming a USHJA certified trainer. Katie's patience and warm tone are very welcoming to both, the horses and clients, of our farm.
Katie has a special place in her heart for Off The Track Thorughbred's (OTTB). She owns her OTTB, Jack, and enjoys training and riding him in her free time. Before Highland Farm, Katie's time has always been spent around horses. She voulenteered at SPUR (Special People United Riding) for three years before becoming part of Highland Farm.
Olivia grew up riding and being around horses at a very young age.
She started competing on the "A" Circuit at age 11 and successfully did so throughout her junior years. Olivia brought home many top placings in the Big Equitation and attended many finals. Olivia became a professional in 2010 and has enjoyed every minute of it. Her extensive equitation background helps bring out the best in our students.
Olivia is an extremely hard worker and fills in our gaps at Highland Farm to ensure everyone's needs are met when we are traveling.