Patty started her career riding with her Mom in CT for many years. In her final junior year, as a working student for the legendary George Morris, she was second in the AHSA Medal Finals on a 4 year old horse that she trained. After her junior years, working for Brass Lantern Farms and Otis Brown (Brownie) of Nashville, Tn., she and Brownie trained many successful hunters and Jumpers. Some of their most notable successes were in the International Hunter Futurity, amassing 8 championships over the years.
After starting her own business, with the help of her husband, Ken, she purchased Mont Cenis, the horse that would ultimately define her career. As a 5 yr. old jumper prospect, they would form a partnership that would result in the team being the highest placed American(13th) in the1994 World Equestrian Games at the Hague in Holland.
In 1997, she began working for Top Brass Farms in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., where she discovered another horse that would bring her and owner Daryl Portela, tremendous success in the Hunter Ring. Coming out of the jumper ranks, Frascati was a perfect match for both Daryl and Patty, winning Horse of the Year honors in 1999 and 2000 in both the Regular Working and Amateur-Owner Hunter Divisions.
Going out on her own again, she formed a syndicate to buy Shandor 41 as a Grand Prix prospect. After two years, they won the prestigious 2005 American Gold Cup, being the only horse to jump a clear round. She also purchased a 3 yr. old jumper prospect in Argentina, Carigor Z, who is presently a successful Grand Prix Horse.
Now, with the help of Sarah, our specialty is helping our students achieve their goals, along with bringing young horses along to achieve success. We have had students go to the Equitation Finals at Harrisburg & Syracuse and qualify for Zone Finals in the Adult Jumper Division.
Sarah started riding at the age of 5 with her father in upstate New York. She continued her junior career under the guidance of Susie Schoelkopf and Jack Stedding, winning 8th in the 1989 AHSA Pony Equitation Finals, 1st in the 1991 MHSA Equitation Finals and 1991 Zone 3 Junior Hunter Champion as well as 10th in 1994 ASPCA Regionals. After graduating from the University of Maryland and working in Washington, DC for a few years, Sarah started her professional career with her father's business and shortly thereafter, started working for Kitty and Johnny Barker in Middleburg, VA. After a few years of changing locations, Sarah found her home working with Patty. Together, Sarah and Patty strive to meet the individual needs of each horse and rider.
Sarah has successfully trained students at all levels of riding. Whether taking a young rider to their first horse show in the short stirrup division, training juniors and amateurs to multiple champions, or helping Patty with her Grand Prix horses, Sarah is able to help horses and riders work together as a team to produce winning results.
About Patty Stovel Training