Trainers

Shoshana Altschuler - Proprietor/Head Trainer

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Shana Altschuler’s love for horses began at the age of five.  It was then that she asked her mother for riding lessons and her lifelong passion began. Shana worked every day after school, weekends and every summer in exchange for the opportunity to ride. She was fortunate to meet many wonderful horsemen and women who gave her amazing opportunities to ride and learn.

At the age of twelve, Shana began riding and taking lessons with Harry DeLeyer who famously rescued Snowman. There, she helped break and train young horses. 

Shana had the opportunity to participate in many hunter/jumper shows on the A circuit.  Shana attended Skidmore College where she rode on the Equestrian Team. Shana helped lead the team to National Championships in 1993 and 1995. Shana also won the 1993 Individual Intermediate Over Fences National Championship. After college, Shana took a job at Sag Pond Farm (now Wolffer Estate Stables) n Bridgehampton, New York where she trained young horses and young riders. Shana travelled on the A horse show circuit and helped manage a barn of sixty plus show horses and ponies. During her time at Sag Pond, Shana had the opportunity to train with some of the best show jumpers in the world including, Tim Grubb and Joe Fargis. In 1999, Shana briefly left the world of horses to attend law school in New York City and subsequently practiced in the field of corporate litigation before leaving the profession to have children. Shana now lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and three young children and has returned to her true passion in life, horses. 


Alyssa Piccoli - Assistant Trainer

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Alyssa began riding at Gateway Stables at the age of 5.  After her first lesson, she knew she would pursue riding for the rest of her life.  Alyssa began competing in the Hunters and Equitation divisions.  one of her proudest moments was placing 1st in the Dressage Equitation class at Devon.  Alyssa has a BS in Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University.  She was a member of the Equestrian team and Captain of the team for three years.  As a junior, she was voted Captain of the Year in her region.  Her senior year she was 2nd in the Zone for most overall points over fences out of 60 schools.

Alyssa has been the Assistant Trainer at Owl Ridge Farm for three years.  She has  successfully brought first time students to winning champion ribbons in the show ring.  Alyssa sets individual goals with each student and works with them to accomplish those goals.  Alyssa is excited to compete her horse, 

R Freedom in the jumpers for 2018.

Roberto Leon - Head Groom

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Roberto Leon oversees the operations and management of Owl Ridge Farm.  He has over 15 years experience caring for horses. He and his staff ensure the safety and care of the horses at the farm.  Roberto takes pride in the turnout and grooming at horse shows.  We know our success in the show rings starts with Roberto!